Paris Saint-Germain contest the first of their three remaining Ligue 1 home games this season when they host Lorient on Sunday.
Christophe Galtier’s side had lost two games on the trot at Parc des Princes to Rennes and Lyon before a 3-1 victory over Lens restored home comforts. A double from Kylian Mbappe gave the French champions all three points against Angers last time out.
Here’s the side Galtier may select to take another step towards retaining the Ligue 1 title.
GK: Gianluigi Donnnarumma – Has made 105 saves and kept 12 clean sheets in PSG’s title defence this season.
CB: Marquinhos – Has been excellent in PSG’s last four games since returning from injury.
CB: Sergio Ramos – Still in discussions with the club to further clarify his future with his contract due to expire in the summer.
CB: Danilo Pereira – Has shown great versatility to fill in at the back during a less than vintage PSG season.
RWB: Achraf Hakimi – Is said to be on Chelsea’s transfer radar ahead of the summer window.
CM: Fabian Ruiz – Still struggling to offer balance to PSG’s midfield but the return of one key Italian should benefit Ruiz.
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CM: Marco Verratti – Made a 28-minute appearance in the win at Angers last week and may be fit enough to start on Sunday.
CM: Vitinha – Gets close to Messi when PSG forge attacks and often has to track back to gut-busting effect in transition.
LWB: Juan Bernat – Nuno Mendes’ injury means the veteran Spaniard is enjoying a run in the team. Has now started more league games this season than he did last campaign.
ST: Lionel Messi – Has a league-high 15 assists and almost certainly won’t be caught, with injured teammate Neymar the closest behind on 11.
ST: Kylian Mbappe – The Ligue 1 title is all but wrapped up but Mbappe still needs to see off Lille’s Jonathan David to be crowned the season’s top scorer in France.