“We will win”: before PSG-Dortmund, the promise of a Luis Enrique who will shake up his starting eleven

“We will win”: before PSG-Dortmund, the promise of a Luis Enrique who will shake up his starting eleven
“We will win”: before PSG-Dortmund, the promise of a Luis Enrique who will shake up his starting eleven

We will have to wait until Tuesday, May 7, probably around 11 p.m., to find out if Luis Enrique’s words were as convincing to the PSG players as they were to the Parisian people. This Saturday morning, on the outskirts of the Campus, the Spanish coach left no room for doubt when, when one of the young supporters practically implored him, during a selfie session, “to try to do everything to win” against Dortmund, he retorted: “We are going to win. » Without an ounce of uncertainty, in the look or in the voice, betraying the conviction embedded in his words.

Turning the tide and repeating the quarter return of three weeks ago in Barcelona, ​​but this time in Paname with the reward of a place in the final at Wembley on June 1st, that is the only thought that seems to go round and round in the mind of the Spanish coach since the narrow defeat (1-0) conceded on Wednesday during the first act at Signal Iduna Park. As was already the case between the two confrontations against the Catalans, the message broadcast internally by Luis Enrique tends to convince everyone, from the base to the top, that despite the setback in Germany, qualification is within reach.

The Danilo experience or the Beraldo youth?

Considering the serenity displayed in recent days in training, the players are already firmly convinced of this. This Saturday again, if the smiles did not remain in the locker room, it was above all the seriousness and application around the common objective which transpired from the session. With the exception of Presnel Kimpembe, in the recovery phase following his Achilles tendon operation, and Lucas Hernandez, operated on this Saturday in Austria by Professor Cristian Fink for a rupture of an anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee , all the players in the squad participated normally in the day’s session.

Good news for Luis Enrique who will, if he wishes, have plenty of time to make some changes to the starting lineup which had long been too harmless in the first leg at Dortmund and hardly sovereign on the defensive level, notably on the goal conceded in front of Niclas Füllkrug. If he has worked on several options in recent days, the Parisian coach knows that he will have to at least shake up his defense.

The injury to Lucas Hernandez reducing the choices on a left flank, where Lucas Beraldo does not feel the most comfortable, he could, despite his difficulties last Wednesday, return to Nuno Mendes again. In these conditions and if he decides to keep his usual defensive base, the left central position would be played out between the youth of Beraldo and the experience of Danilo. In the midfield there will also be the question of Fabian Ruiz, seriously lacking in explosiveness, and the tenure of Lee Kang-In to accompany the Vitinha-Zaire-Emery duo.

Mbappé aligned on the left side?

Finally, in attack, it cannot be excluded that the insipid performance of Bradley Barcola, combined with the ineffectiveness of Kylian Mbappé in the axis, sees the captain of the Blues find the left side. An option which would leave the opportunity for Gonçalo Ramos, or even Randal Kolo Muani, to start up front alongside Ousmane Dembélé.

Mbappé, who did not weigh as much as he would have liked up front, could find the left side in the return match. LP/Arnaud Journois

Luis Enrique has two more sessions, this Sunday and Monday at 11 a.m., to carry out his final tests and make his choices. As they also do on Ligue 1 days, players and staff will meet on Tuesday morning at the Campus to fine-tune the final adjustments, have lunch and all set off together towards the Parc des Princes, convinced that the sesame awaits them there towards the second Champions League final in the club’s history.

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