2022 French Super Cup: PSG vs Nantes Probable lineups
A star-studded Paris Saint-Germain may need the push of a title-winning season to pursue their dream in 2022–2023: a European championship. Here are potential starting lineups for the 2022 French Super Cup encounter against Nantes on July 31 at Bloomfield Stadium in Israel. PSG is the leading winner of the Trophée des Champions, or French Super Cup, with 10 trophies after winning the pivotal match in 8 straight seasons. That is, until Lille overcame them the previous year. Therefore, PSG faces another French soccer historic, Nantes, to win the first championship of the 2022–2023 season, something that is unquestionably no small thing. There is a pressing need to give Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Neymar Jr., and Kylian Mbappé more motivation to stay with the team than financial and cultural ones.
PSG’s possible lineup against Nantes
After “just” winning Ligue 1 in 2021–2022, Mauricio Pochettino resigned as head coach, and Christophe Galtier, a Frenchman, took over. Galtier reached the peak of his career by ending PSG’s run of three straight league championships. Paris Saint-Germain has played four preseason games so far, winning all of them, including three while on a fruitful tour of Japan. Galtier is about to face his first significant test, which will help him win over the support of the audience, the coaching staff, and perhaps even the players.
Likely PSG lineup for the French Super Cup: Sergio Ramos, Marquinhos, and Presnel Kimpembe; Vitinha, Marco Verratti, Achraf Hakimi, and Juan Bernat; Pedro Sarabia, Lionel Messi, and Neymar Jr.
Possible Nantes starting lineup vs. PSG
With their most illustrious moment receding farther into the past, FC Nantes won the Coupe de France under head coach Antoine Kombouaré last season, giving them the opportunity to strive for a shock against the all-conquering Paris Saint Germain. The eight-time French champion beams as he thinks back to his previous game against PSG, which PSG won 3-1 at the Stade de la Beaujoire in Ligue 1 with Messi, Neymar, and Mbappé on the field. It was one of Mauricio Pochettino’s most agonizing losses as the head coach of the Paris team at the time.
Likely Nantes lineup for the French Super Cup: Alban Lafont; Sebastien Corchia, Jean Castelleto, Andrei Girotto, Nicollas Pallois, Quentin Merlin; Ludovic Blas, Pedro Chirivella, Moussa Sissoko; Moses Simon, Evan Guessand.