Last season, PSG won the league comfortably with a 15-point gap over second-placed Marseille. However, the league title was not enough to save Mauricio Pochettino’s job.
Paris Saint-Germain will be keen to begin their Japan tour in the pre-season on a positive note when they face Kawasaki Frontale on Wednesday. The match which will be played at the Japan National Stadium will see two domestic champions facing each other. PSG are the reigning Ligue 1 champions, while Kawasaki Frontale won last season’s J1 League crown. In terms of quality, the French side should be the heavy favourites in this match. However, Kawasaki are in the middle of their regular season, which could allow their players to have better match fitness.
|Paris Saint-Germain vs Kawasaki Frontale||Key Details|
|Date||20 July, 2022|
|Venue||Japan National Stadium|
|Kickoff time India||4 pm|
|Kickoff time France||12:30 pm|
|Kickoff time Japan||7:30 pm|
Last season, PSG won the league comfortably with a 15-point gap over second-placed Marseille. However, the league title was not enough to save Mauricio Pochettino’s job, as the club made some noticeable changes in the background. Christophe Galtier, who famously won the Ligue 1 title with Lille in the 2020-21 season, has been appointed as Pochettino’s replacement. They have already beaten Quevilly-Rouen this summer. Meanwhile, Kawasaki Frontale are currently sitting third in their domestic league, with 37 points from 20 games. With the local crowd behind them, Kawasaki will be keen to put on a tough challenge against PSG.
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PSG have not made any big-name signings so far in the window. They have brought in Vitinha and Hugo Ekitike, while several other players are also linked with a move to them. One of their biggest concern got resolved even before the beginning of this window when Kylian Mbappe decided to stay with them by extending his contract. He along with Neymar and Lionel Messi could feature for them at some point on Wednesday. On the other hand, Kawasaki Frontale’s Yasuto Wakizaka picked up an injury in their last match, while question marks hang over the participation of Ryota Oshima on Wednesday. Defender Jesiel will most likely miss the clash, as he is recovering from an injury.
Paris Saint-Germain possible line-up: Navas, Hakimi, Marquinhos, Ramos, Kimpembe, Mendes, Paredes, Vitinha, Messi, Neymar, Mbappe
Kawasaki Frontale possible line-up: Jung, Yamane, Kurumaya, Taniguchi, Sasaki, Songkrasin, Tsukagawa, Lenaga, Marcinho, Damiao
The pre-season friendly match between Paris Saint-Germain and Kawasaki Frontale will take place at Japan National Stadium on Wednesday at 4 pm IST.
The live coverage of the upcoming friendly match between Paris Saint-Germain and Kawasaki Frontale will be available on beIN Sports. Further details can be found on their official club websites.