After the final lost in the Coupe de France in April, then the revenge taken at the Champions Trophy in early August, the Paris SG found Rennes, a tough opponent, Sunday in the closing match of the second day of L1 (21:00).
If the PSG won their reunion in China (2-1), the meeting, hooked, has long reminded him of the nightmare of the Stade de France (2-2 ap, 6-5 on the tab), proof that the Bretons can still win. worry, despite several departures this summer.
Mistrust will be all the more on the side of the champion of France, that coach Thomas Tuchel will have to deal with the injuries of his defenders Presnel Kimpembe, Layvin Kurzawa and Thilo Kehrer, and his midfielder Ander Herrera.
The superstar Neymar, starting from departure and delicate with ankle, will not make the trip either.
"Two weeks ago, the opposition was tough, complicated to negotiate against this disciplined, brave Rennes training," warned the coach, who asks "a very intense match" from his players.
Against the Rennes who find their audience, it is for PSG not to lose the pace imposed by the leader Lyon, wide winner of Angers (6-0) Friday opening the second day.
But at Roazhon Park, we should not expect the same goal festival: the 5-3-2 Rennes has posed problems for Parisians and showed its strength against Montpellier, where the Bretons have garnered a valuable success (1-0 ) Saturday.
"The preparation phase continues," admitted the German coach, who has integrated the neo-Parisian Idrissa Gueye not to mention "integrate into the team".
"We will be better," warns PSG rookie defender Abdou Diallo. "We have two more weeks of work in our legs, in much easier and more classic conditions for us."
The inaugural victory against Nîmes (3-0) showed that the PSG in running order had the means to win everywhere in France, especially with his trio Cavani-Mbappé-Di Maria attack, all three scorers in the Park.
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