Paris SG vs Clermont Reddit Score 9/04/2022
Mbappé was in world-class form again last Sunday, scoring two goals and providing a hat-trick of assists as PSG romped to a 5-1 win over FC Lorient at the Parc des Princes. That display sparked new discussions about whether the 23-year-old is the best player in the world just now, although the response from his France colleague Karim Benzema in midweek was not bad. PSG have lost their last four matches on the road across all competitions. They only suffered five defeats outside the French capital in the entirety of last season.
Paris Saint-Germain are away at Clermont Foot 63 in Ligue 1 this Saturday with the leaders 12 points clear coming into the game. Mauricio Pochettino will still be missing several regular starters but hinted that he could make Kylian Mbappe captain in the absence of Marquinhos. Pascal Gastien’s men are just above the relegation zone and really need the points. He has had a few niggles and so we have decided to give him a rest especially given the week he has had with the birth of his daughter,” said Pochettino, who revealed that the Brazilian’s absence could open the door for a rare appearance at the back for Sergio Ramos in what has been an injury-ravaged campaign.
Kylian will give a better answer than me but PSG and me as coach all want the best for Kylian and the best for the club coach Mauricio Pochettino said at Friday’s press conference ahead of the game at the Stade Gabriel-Montpied. We think the best for the club is that Kylian stays. It is largely thanks to their World Cup-winning forward that PSG are cruising towards an eighth Ligue 1 title in 10 seasons as they come into Saturday’s visit to central France sitting 12 points clear of nearest challengers Olympique de Marseille with just eight games remaining.
Yet Mbappé now has 28 goals in all competitions, including 17 in Ligue 1. He also has 13 assists in the league, more than any other player, and his importance to the capital club no longer needs to be emphasized. They are still hopeful of keeping him, and last week Mbappé insisted he had still not made up his mind over whether to stay put or move to Real Madrid as a free agent when his current deal expires at the end of the campaign.
PSG have selection problems though, with Julian Draxler unlikely to play again this season after undergoing knee surgery and Leandro Paredes out for the remainder of the campaign following an operation on a hernia. Ángel di María, Ander Herrera and Keylor Navas are all ruled out along with Abdou Diallo and Layvin Kurzawa. In addition Pochettino said that Marquinhos would be rested here, meaning Mbappé is a candidate to wear the captain’s armband.
Mbappé was among the scorers when PSG beat Clermont 4-0 in the reverse fixture back in September, inflicting a first defeat on the Auvergne outfit in their debut top-flight campaign. There have been some high points, but their current form is concerning. It is no wins in five since their stunning 2-0 victory in Marseille in February, and four straight defeats after they went down 3-2 at home to FC Nantes last weekend.
Clermont twice came from behind in that game before eventually succumbing with 10 men after the sending-off of Ghanaian midfielder Salis Abdul Samed. He is suspended here, as is coach Pascal Gastien following his dismissal from the touchline. Gastien is nevertheless plotting what he hopes will be a fourth consecutive away league defeat for PSG, especially with Clermont in the midst of a relegation battle.
For the Saturday evening poster in Ligue 1, Clermont Foot welcomes Paris Saint-Germain to the Gabriel-Montpied stadium as part of the 31st day of the Championship. Undisputed leader with 12 points ahead of second-placed Olympique de Marseille, the capital club will be keen to take as many points as possible to seal the championship’s fate before facing the Marseille club in a classic announcement already boiling. Mauricio Pochettino’s men will therefore want to chain a second success after the slap received in Monaco (0-3).
Clermont: Without a win in five and on a run of four straight losses, Clermont need points badly and could be dragged into the relegation zone before this one if AS Saint-Etienne beat FC Lorient on Friday. Mohamed Bayo remains the team’s top scorer in 10 goals, but he has scored just once in 2022.
PSG: Last week’s 5-1 thrashing of Lorient means PSG have two wins from three, but their overall form remains patchy, and they are clearly stronger at home than on the road. Mbappe was on fire last week and hinted that he could stay so