Since the start of the season, Luis Enrique has managed to keep his team’s lineup a secret. The Spaniard announces this to his players only a few hours before the matches. Even during exhibitions on the Paris Saint-Germain campus, the technician is careful not to reveal his intentions too much, preferring individual communication if there is a need to warn certain elements of his intentions.
On the other hand, the trainer is very clear about his animation: “Attack as always, He explained in a press conference on Tuesday. We are a team that always wants to attack and has more possession of the ball than our opponent. This is what is most important to us. I don’t need to repeat this message to the players, they know it now. We will also have to defend in our own half. I’m very optimistic about what I see, what I feel, the way the players live and what I see in training. »
To find out which players will bear this charge, we will have to wait a little longer because Luis Enrique has not yet provided any evidence in the last hours. On Monday, Carlos Soler, for example, was still playing as a right-back in a squad of potential players.
The Spaniard was convincing in this position on Saturday against Strasbourg (3-0), but it would be surprising to find him starting in the Champions League against Rafael Leao. Especially since Achraf Hakimi does not suffer from any physical problems and he rested last weekend after playing two matches for the national team with Morocco.
In midfield, we have to keep an eye on Warren Zaire Emery’s physical condition. After holding an individual session on Monday morning, the midfielder was with his partners on Tuesday. Feelings are good and everyone wants to be internally positive. But after missing a few days of training, can he start? The question also arises that at the same time, Lee Kang-in is in good shape. An Asian Games winner with South Korea, the midfielder has a different attacking profile to his partners. There are three positions for two, with Vitinha able to play in both positions. The Portuguese has started just two games off the bench since the start of the season, including the defeat to Newcastle (1-4, October 4).
Finally, as in every encounter, the duel between Randall Colo Mwani and Gonzalo Ramos is intense. Neither striker stands out at the moment, but recent form could give the Portuguese a slight advantage in this encounter.