Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Following a heartbreaking loss to Bayern Munchen in the Champions League final, Paris Saint-Germain will be aiming to kick off the new Ligue 1 season in style when they take on Lens at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Thursday evening. PSG were not in action in the national championship last two weeks, but, no doubt, tired legs could prove to be a big problem for the reigning champions. The good news for PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is that important midfielder Marco Verratti has overcome his injury.
Juan Bernat picked up a knock in the 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munchen, and, as a result, he is rated doubtful for the Lens clash. The newcomers, on the other hand, suffered a 2-1 loss to Nice in the opening match of the season. Despite the fact that PSG footballers could be low on confidence in the Stade Bollaert-Delelis clash, away win should be considered as there will be no spectators due to the fierce of coronavirus spread.
Highlighted Player (Marco Verratti):
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti is the creative force of the French champions and a world-class professional even though he is only 23. Deemed one of the most talented Italian players of the new generation, Marco Verratti began his career in Pescara, his home town club, from which he was directly transferred to PSG much to surprise of the general football community.
Technically gifted playmaker was snapped by Les Parisiens in 2012 in front of Napoli, Roma and Juventus in a five-year deal worth €12 million. Marco Verratti has since gone to become a key member for the French champions already surpassing the 100-game mark for PSG.
The 23-year-old playmaker is a player of great vision and awareness, very calm and composed on the ball. His passing skills are impressive often compared to Italian legend Andrea Pirlo’s. Despite his diminutive figure Marco Verratti is not afraid to get in duels and participate in defence duties which make him an all-rounder and great influence in every segment of the play.
Highlighted Team (PSG):
Formed by the merger of Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain in 1970, Paris Saint-Germain or as they call it PSG is the most successful club in French football with 31 domestic titles to their name. Having won six Ligue 1 title so far, a record ten Coupes de France, a record six Coupes de la Ligue, six Trophees des Champions and one Ligue 2 title, PSG are also one of only two French clubs to ever win a European title.
Les Parisiens were crowned UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup champions back in 1995-96, while their last European trophy was the 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup. Beginning of the new millennium was particularly hard for the celebrated club who flirted with relegation in 2000s before they were bought by the Quatar Sports Investments group in 2011 when the rebirth of the Paris Saint-Germain as we know it today began.
Following heavy squad investments and team boosting, PSG won their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years with Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic almost singlehandedly leading his side towards the trophy with 30 goals. Having established domestic dominance, PSG now set their sights on winning the Champions League which remains an elusive dream for the club from Paris.