The essential part has been provided. Author of a full season with four titles (Championship of France, Trophée des champions, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue) Paris Saint-Germain has now turned to look at his ultimate goal : the Champions League and this quarter-final against Atalanta Bergamo, on the 12th of August next. But after having digested for four months without official matches and will be shown to be unconvincing in the face AS Saint-Etienne (1-0) and Olympique lyonnais (0-0, 6-5 t. a. b), the Parisians have more than ten days to adjust to the last settings before the start of the " Final 8 ".
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The attack in paris question
210 minutes played, only 1 goal scored. Since his return to competition, the offensive sector in paris is down. Only Neymar Jr was able to find the path of the nets in the face AS Saint-Etienne (1-0) in the final of the Coupe de France. But private Kylian Mbappé, hit in the ankle, the parisian avant-garde, just to be impactful, create movement, cause of the calls and speed up his game. Mauro Icardi - successor announced Edinson Cavani - has been revealed transparent since the recovery. And without Di Maria, suspended for the quarter-final of C1, the Parisians can only rely on the "super-sub" Pablo Sarabia.
A friendly match and an internship before the shock
A week after the incident Kylian Mbappé, Mauro Icardi, Layvin Kurzawa, Thiago Silva and Marquinhos have left the lawn of the Stade de France to face Olympique Lyonnais. Therefore, the doubt is cast on the workforce that will choose to align the German coach to start the match against Atalanta Bergamo. To get an idea more precise and spare some troops, Thomas Tuchel will be able to count on a last "test match" before taking the direction to Lisbon - Portugal has been chosen to host the quarter-finals of the champions League, since the PSG face Sochaux (Ligue 2), on August 5 at the Parc des Princes. A game that arrives as a blessing for some players to the penalty as Icardi, Gueye or Paredes, in search of confidence and rhythm.
and Then, the protégés of Thomas Tuchel will be leaving for Faro, in southern Portugal, where they will perform a short three-day training course, to acclimatise to the heat in portugal. Neymar Jr and his team-mates will join finally Lisbon and, more specifically, the facilities of Sporting in Portugal, their place of residence to the competition -on the eve of the clash against the Italians.
Atalanta Bergamo, boulevard or pounce ?
Set up as a music paper, and ultra-efficient offensive attack, the opponent for the Italian Paris Saint-Germain has left coi a good number of observers in recent months. With 19 meetings without defeat, including 11 since the resumption of the Calcio post-confinement (8 victories, 3 null), Atalanta Bergamo has left very little chance to his opponents. Better yet, the Dea is the team with the most prolific this season in Serie A with 98 goals - or 2.5 goals per game ! But now this weekend, on the occasion of the last day of the championship, the Atalanta has stumbled against Inter Milan (0-2) in a clash for second place in the ranking. A defeat synonym of warning for the players of Gian Piero Gasperini, who do not breathe the serenity to ten days of their appointment european.
in addition To this, absences are crucial. The attacker of the Atalanta Bergamo Josip Ilicic (5 goals in the champions League this season) is not expected to compete in the quarter-final of the C1 in the face of Paris Saint-Germain. In the throes of serious personal problems, the Slovenian is back in his country. The Lombards also will certainly have to cope without their keeper holder Pierluigi Gollini (33 matches in Serie A this season), hit at the knee. The porter Italian was forced to give up her seat in the 5th minute of the game to Marco Sportiello against Inter Milan. A huge blow to the Dea that sees dwindle, his chances of access to the last four of the champions League. A parameter may be already crucial for players parisians who will nevertheless need to reveal rélles ambitions, to finally assert itself on the european scene.Updated Date: 02 August 2020, 15:33