PSG have been kind of disappointing so far this season, both in Ligue1 and in Champions League. Although they clearly dominate opponents PSG usually fail to increase their lead and win by a convincing margin.
It’s been a while since top-scorer Ibrahimovic got injured and by now they should have learned how to play without. The problem is not in midfield where we can still see ingenious passes even from defensive midfielders (Verratti for example) or down the flanks where wingers often penetrate inside the penalty box. PSG’s major weakness is the lack of efficiency when trying to apply the finishing touch. Most of their goals are direct results of constant and aggressive pressure.
It’s going to be even more difficult for PSG this round seeing that Cavani will miss through suspension. All the burden will be on the shoulders of wingers Lucas and Pastore and young forward Bahebeck.
Bordeaux’s performance last round against Caen was far from impressive (drew 1-1). They opened the score quite early and reduced the rythm afterwards. Bordeaux got surprised by opponents’ vitality and the equalizer was unavoidable.
Bordeaux are having a good season so far. All compartments are stable and confidence is running high. The only thing dragging them down is the soft attitude that installs quickly after taking the lead. But most probably this won’t be the case against PSG as all Ligue1 clubs are extra determined when playing at Parc des Princes.
Winger Traore, one of their best players in the last month, was out suspended last round. He will return now against PSG and hopefully the offensive phase will be more energetic.
Fullback Contento should also return after injury to replace hesitant Poundje.
PSG will once again control the game and impose the rythm, there shouldn’t be any doubts about that, but taking in account their attacking problems and Bordeaux’s good form this game will be much harder than the odds suggest.
UPDATE: For PSG Lavezzi is back on the squad after being injured for a few rounds. Bordeaux will once again miss winger Maurice-Belay who suffered another injury.
PSG: Douchez, Sirigu – Aurier, Z.Camara, David Luiz, Digne, Maxwell, Thiago Silva, Van der Wiel – Cabaye, Chantôme, Matuidi, Verratti, Pastore, Thiago Motta – Lavezzi, Bahebeck, Lucas, Augustin
Bordeaux: C.Carrasso, Jug – Contento, Faubert, Mariano, Pallois, Poundjé, Yambéré – Kaabouni, Khazri, Plasil, Sertic, Poko, T.Touré – C.Diabaté, Rolan, Sala, Shamal