Section 1: The PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino
PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino tells @DanielStoneman that it is difficult to select his best 11 in today's game. #LeiPSG pic.twitter.com/F23Lg9UfiQ — PSG English (@PSG_English) February 8, 2019And the early signs of the new season suggest PSG have once again found their groove, with Neymar, Mbappe and Edinson Cavani all enjoying a fruitful run in the PSG frontline.
The former Barca star has already netted six times, while Mbappe – who arrived from the Santiago Bernabeu in a deal which is widely regarded as the second-most expensive transfer in football history – and Neymar have both netted six times, with the latter recently being struck down with a fractured metatarsal.
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The trio's names have been bandied around almost incessantly since Neymar's world-record €222 million moves to Ligue 1 last summer, with each of those stars having enjoyed plenty of success in France in 2017-18.
However, the Brazilian is currently sidelined with a foot injury he picked up in February and he looks set to miss the second leg of the Champions League tie against Real Madrid on March 6, with Neymar also a doubt for the World Cup.
Despite that, Neymar continues to be utilised regularly by manager Unai Emery. The former Sevilla coach has become accustomed to having the world's most expensive player available for selection, but he has promised he will continue to do so, in an effort to maximise his return.
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The Qatari-owned outfit has retained the services of Thiago Motta and Julian Draxler, while former Real Madrid hitman Zinedine Zidane is also in charge.
And the latest news out of France suggests the £198 million men will continue to feature heavily in the first XI.
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“I think we can give him minutes, we can keep playing him without taking risks with his ankle,” Pochettino said to a French radio station.
“At the end of the game, he got cramp. I think it was from a cramp and not a reaction to a blow.
“I am not a doctor but it seems he had a good night sleep. I know it is difficult to manage this type of player.
Is PSG's record over the past few years the precursor to their first league crown since 2012? Will Monaco bounce back and end the 13-year wait for the Principality? Or will a combination of surprise contenders, particularly Lyon and Monaco, become the surprise package of the new campaign?
Our writer Ben Hayward assesses what we can expect from Ligue 1 this season and which teams will feature in the Champions League qualifying spots at the end of it.
Can PSG compete for the title with Monaco?
They should still be the favourites to win the league, although it would be remiss not to recognise the potential threat posed by Monaco and the understated brilliance of Nice.
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Lyon will be up there too, and Dijon and Lille should provide some real competition as well.
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