The international break is nearly over and we can see the return of Ligue 1 on the horizon. To get you prepared for Paris Saint-Germain’s upcoming stretch of games, we have a special PSG Talking for you to get through the final few days before the reigning French champions kick-off against Lille OSC at the Parc des Princes.
On this episode, I’m joined by ESPN‘s Paris Saint-Germain correspondent Jonathan Johnson, who is one of the most knowledgeable journalists covering the club and is an undercover San Jose Earthquakes fan as he reveals in the podcast.
When we’re not discussing Major League Soccer, I ask Johnson his thoughts on the incidents between PSG players and Lionel Messi. Of course, I’m talking about Thiago Silva’s post-match comments about Messi influencing the referee and Edinson Cavani challenging the Argentine to a fight.
On the pitch, Johnson talks about Adil Aouchiche’s stellar 2019 for France’s U-17 team. What does sporting director Leonardo intend to do with the talented Frenchman? Will he sign a new deal or be allowed to leave like so many young PSG stars before him?
We then preview the upcoming match against Lille and get an injury update on Neymar and Marco Verratti. Then there’s the match against Real Madrid where PSG can lock up first place in Group A of the UEFA Champions League. Will Thomas Tuchel play Angel Di Maria, Neymar, Mauro Icardi, and Kylian Mbappé all at the same time?
To wrap up the episode, we discuss the latest transfer rumors, including whether or not any team can realistically afford Kylian Mbappé right now without gutting their entire squad to comply with Financial Fair Play. Could the secret to keeping Mbappé in Paris be as simple as allowing him to play in as many international tournaments as he wants?
Before signing off, we answer a few questions from Twitter.
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