Paris - Paris Saint-Germain will look to shake off a rare home league defeat
this weekend when they travel to Bordeaux, where Kylian Mbappe could
return from a month out with a thigh injury.
Thomas Tuchel's side, depleted by a raft of injuries, slumped to a
2-0 loss against Reims on Wednesday which ended an unbeaten 22-match run
at the Parc des Princes.
Discounting a handful of defeats after winning the league in previous
seasons, it was PSG's first meaningful loss at home since November
"It was a poor performance. We had a lot of players missing, that's why we made so many changes," said Tuchel.
"I have to manage the playing time of the squad. And I think it was possible to play better with the team we had on the pitch."
PSG remain top of Ligue 1 on goal difference, above surprise
second-place side Angers, but defender Marquinhos said they must strive
to consistently keep the bar high.
"The challenge for this season will be to maintain a high level each
match," said Marquinhos. "We must inspire ourselves to rise to this
Neymar, who produced late match-winning strikes in his first two
games this season, cut a peripheral figure midweek with Mbappe, Edinson
Cavani and Mauro Icardi all missing.
Tuchel spoke of taking a cautious approach with the 20-year-old
Mbappe, who has missed the last five matches but is back in training
with the squad.
Lyon's bright start under first-time manager Sylvinho is a distant
memory with the club winless in five matches since beginning the
campaign with two resounding wins.
The latest setback came at Brest where the hosts twice recovered to
earn a 2-2 draw, a result that dropped Lyon into the bottom half of the
"We didn't play well. I'm not satisfied, once again we lost the three
points in the final minutes," said Sylvinho, whose team host
fourth-placed Nantes on Saturday.
"We have a lack of confidence and it generates fear. I am a little
concerned about the results, but the first step is to restore
confidence. To do that, we need to win matches."
Monaco picked up their first victory this term on Tuesday and will
host Brest at the weekend, while Marseille - held to a 0-0 draw at
basement side Dijon - are at home to Rennes on Sunday.
One to watch: Victor Osimhen
While Nicolas Pepe is
slowly adjusting to life in the Premier League at Arsenal, Victor
Osimhen has made an electric start in Lille colours after arriving from
Belgian club Charleroi.
The 20-year-old Nigerian was limited to a 45-minute appearance in the
third-place play-off match at the Africa Cup of Nations but has scored
six times in his first seven Ligue 1 games for Lille.
He is the joint top-scorer in the division alongside Moussa Dembele
and will attempt to inflict more damage this weekend on Nice, who are
reeling from Tuesday's 3-1 loss at struggling Cote d'Azur rivals Monaco.
44 - PSG's midweek loss against Reims marked
the first time in 44 matches they had failed to score in Ligue 1. It
was the longest such run in the history of the French top flight.
6 - Six of Angers' league-leading 15 goals have been scored by
substitutes this season, more than any other club in Europe's top five
17 - Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Stefan Bajic, at 17 years and nine
months, in midweek became the first goalkeeper born this century to play
in Ligue 1.
Fixtures (all times 20:00 SA time unless stated)
Lyon v Nantes (13:30), Bordeaux v Paris Saint-Germain (17:30), Angers v
Amiens, Metz v Toulouse, Monaco v Brest, Nice v Lille, Reims v Dijon
Strasbourg v Montpellier (15:00), Nimes v Saint-Etienne (17:00), Marseille v Rennes (21:00)