Paris Saint-Germain will face off against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Wednesday night as they look to defend their 1-0 lead from the first-leg and secure progression into the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League. The French outfit suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss against Nice earlier this month, so they will be eager to bounce back with a positive result in midweek.
Mauricio Pochettino could opt for a 4-3-3 formation and is expected to name a strong first XI for this game. Idrissa Gueye, Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe could play from the start for PSG in this crucial European clash at the Spanish capital.
4-3-3 Paris Saint-Germain Predicted Lineup To Face Real Madrid
Gianluigi Donnarumma is expected to feature in goal for the Madrid giants after getting a rest last weekend. Presnel Kimpembe will resume his defensive partnership with Marquinhos at the centre of Pochettino’s defence.
Thilo Kehrer will feature at right-back while Nuno Mendes fills in on the other flank as the left-back. Both of them will have to keep a good shape at the back so that they can restrict the Real Madrid wide players from creating too many chances from the wide areas.
Juan Bernat and Abdou Diallo will have to settle for a spot on the bench as they offer cover for the defensive positions.
Pochettino will probably name a midfield comprised of Danilo Pereira, Idrissa Gueye and Marco Verratti. Their main job would be to make life difficult for the opposition at the centre of the park. All three of them will also have to work collectively to feed some decent balls to their teammates up top.
Georginio Wijnaldum will have to be content with a spot on the bench as he waits for his chance to make an impact in the second half if needed.
Neymar Jr. will be expected to put in a productive display down the left flank while Kylian Mbappe returns from suspension to lead the line down the middle. Lionel Messi will try to weave his magic from the right-wing.
Mauro Icardi will offer cover for the centre-forward position on Pochettino’s bench.