After a lengthy wait, Paris Saint-Germain is now set for its first official match of the upcoming new season. The Ligue 1 powerhouse will clash with the reigning Coupe de France champions in Nantes in the 2022 Trophee des Champions Final. In his first official match as PSG manager, Christophe Galtier will at the least not have Kylian Mbappe available, as the French international will serve a one-match yellow card suspension that carried over from last season. At the least, as noted by SofaScore, Galtier is set to feature a star-studded starting 11 for the fixture.
During preseason, Galtier named Gianluigi Donnarumma as his starting goalkeeper for the season. If the Italian international earns the start in this match, it sure will be his first real test to impress the newly appointed PSG manager. As was seen over PSG’s preseason friendly schedule, Marco Verratti and Vitinha may very well go on to form the side’s double-pivot setup in the midfield.
As mentioned, Mbappe will not play in this match, so Galtier could call upon Mauro Icardi to slot upfront in PSG’s attacking setup. PSG sure aims for redemption after coming away with a 1-0 defeat to Lille OSC in last year’s Trophee des Champions final. PSG won the league title last season but that wasn’t enough to help Mauricio Pochettino to keep his job as the club’s manager and was eventually sacked for various reasons including player unrest and dressing room challenges.
The club believe that Galtier will be an upgrade to the Argentine manager and fans are also already hoping that the new boss can finally help them achieve their lifelong dream of winning the UEFA Champions League title this season.