Pochettino was replaced in the summer by Christophe Galtier, who memorably won the Ligue 1 title with Lille in the 2020-21 season.
Paris Saint-Germain will be keen to continue their winning momentum in the pre-season when they face Japanese outfit Urawa Red Diamonds. The French giants have already played twice in this competition, winning them both. Hence, Saturday will be an opportunity for them to make it three in three this summer. However, the priority for their new coach Christophe Galtier will be to help the players get up to match fitness. Besides, he will be keen to make this summer an opportunity to help the players get used to his system and style of play.
|Paris Saint-Germain vs Urawa Red Diamonds||Key Details|
|Date||23 July, 2022|
|Kickoff time India||3:30 pm|
|Kickoff time England||11 am|
|Kickoff time Japan||7 pm|
PSG won Ligue 1 last season with a 15-point lead over second-placed Marseille. The league title, however, was unable to save Mauricio Pochettino’s position, as the club made some significant alterations in the background. Pochettino was replaced in the summer by Christophe Galtier, who memorably won the Ligue 1 title with Lille in the 2020-21 season. PSG won their last two friendlies against Quevilly and Kawasaki Frontale. Meanwhile, Urawa Red Diamonds are well into their current league season. They are sitting eight with 29 points from 22 games in J1 League. Hence, they will be a step ahead of the European side in terms of fitness.
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For PSG boss Galtier, the pre-season is about him getting his message across to the players. He will use the friendlies as a way to get himself used to the players and help the players understand his system better. Hence, a lot of rotation can be expected to be seen in their line-up, with new signings Hugo Ekitike and Vitinha involved at some point in the match.
Their fabulous front three of Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar could likely be involved more to help them integrate with each other properly. The players who were rested in their last match could expect to start in this one with the likes of Mauro Icardi and Juan Bernat pushing for a starting role. On the other hand, Urawa Red Diamonds could very well field a strong line-up in this clash, with the intention of getting something out of the match.
Paris Saint-Germain possible line-up: Donnarumma, Hakimi, Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Mendes, Danilo, Vitinha, Sarabia, Messi, Neymar, Mbappe
Urawa Red Diamonds possible line-up: Nishikawa, Sakai, Iwanami, Scholz, Akimoto, Iwao, Ito, Moberg Karlsson, Sekine, Koizumi, Matuso
The pre-season friendly match between Paris Saint-Germain and Urawa Red Diamonds will take place at Saitama Stadium on Saturday at 3:30 pm IST.
The live coverage of the upcoming friendly match between Paris Saint-Germain vs Urawa Red Diamonds will be available on PSG TV. Further details can be found on their official club website.