Paris SG vs Monaco LIVE Football Score 11/02/2023
Marco Verratti has not made Paris Saint-Germain’s squad to face AS Monaco tomorrow, however, Presnel Kimpembe makes his long-awaited return from injury. Verratti is out of the key clash against Monaco after suffering a hip injury. Although Christophe Galtier did not speak of an issue with the Italian midfielder during the pre-match press conference, Verratti did not figure on PSG’s list for the trip to the Principality. The injury has been described as minor by the club, although it is now yet clear whether it endangers his participation in the Champions League against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
On a more positive note for PSG, Kimpembe has made his long-awaited return from injury, featuring in a squad for the first time since November. The French centre-back, who has struggled with injuries throughout the campaign, suffered his latest setback just before the World Cup. As expected, Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi were also absent from the squad list, but Achraf Hakimi, who was also a doubt, will be present at the Stade Louis II on Saturday. Having seen their shot at silverware in the Coupe de France go begging, Paris Saint-Germain face another tough test of their Ligue 1 title credentials away to Monaco at the Stade Louis II on Saturday afternoon.
Les Parisiens lost 2-1 to Marseille in their last-16 cup battle on Wednesday night, while Philippe Clement’s side eased past the threat of Clermont 2-0 last weekend.Quietly but effectively going about their business with aplomb since the World Cup break, Monaco are firmly in the mix for a podium finish in Ligue 1 this season and took just 13 minutes to put the game to bed against Clermont last time out. With just three minutes on the clock, Caio Henrique’s free kick met the head of Guillermo Maripan, whose deflected effort found the back of the net, before Breel Embolo scored his 12th goal of the season after a neat piece of skill from Aleksandr Golovin on the left.
Stringing their unbeaten run in the top flight to seven games since going down 3-2 to Marseille just before the World Cup, Les Monegasques currently occupy fourth place in the Ligue 1 table but are only two points worse off than Lens and Marseille as their Champions League rivals slip up. The gap to PSG will also be cut down to seven points should Clement’s side prevail here, so a title charge certainly cannot be ruled out in that scenario, and an early exit from the Coupe de France at the hands of Rodez AF means that Monaco will not be battling midweek fatigue against the champions.
The hosts’ tally of 48 goals in Ligue 1 this season can only be bettered by PSG (54), and all of their last three top-flight matches at the Stade Louis II have ended in victory, so some may even consider the inconsistent league leaders to be the underdogs on Saturday.PSG had to rely on a pair of stunning strikes from Achraf Hakimi and Lionel Messi to see off Toulouse in Ligue 1 last weekend, but with the influential pair off their game during their Coupe de France last-16 tie with Marseille, Igor Tudor’s side took full advantage.
Sergio Ramos went from zero to hero in the first half – giving away a penalty for Alexis Sanchez to convert before heading home the equaliser just before half time – but Ruslan Malinovskyi restored Marseille’s lead with a thunderous strike in the 57th minute. Galtier will not be leading PSG to cup glory this term, but courtesy of their narrow win over Toulouse, Les Parisiens still hold a healthy eight-point lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table, and that buffer will certainly be needed during an unforgiving few weeks of fixtures.
Bayern Munich visit the Parc des Princes for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday, while Lille, Marseille and Nantes also lie in wait in Ligue 1 over the next month, so Galtier’s men sure have picked the worst time to experience a sticky patch of form. Les Parisiens have also failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last four away matches in the top flight and dropped points to Monaco in a 1-1 draw at the Parc des Princes in August, while their most recent trip to the Stade Louis II last March ended in a humbling 3-0 defeat.
L’equipe journalist Loïc Tanzi reports, as captured by @iMiaSanMia, that superstar Lionel Messi might miss the first leg of Paris Saint Germain’s massive clash against Bayern Munich in the Round of 16 of the Champions League. The problem is a hamstring injury that Messi is said to have picked up in the midweek 2-1 loss to Olympique Marseille in the Coupe De France. The little magician completed the full 90 minutes in that match, but this seems to have come back to bite the Parisian giants, as Tanzi reports that Messi “will definitely miss PSG’s game vs AS Monaco over the weekend” (Alex Nübel will be happy to hear that) and that Messi is a doubt for the Bayern match.
However, Tanzi also adds that PSG remains confident that the recent World Cup winner can play in the game despite the injury. This could be rather similar to the Kylian Mbappe injury, because PSG also reportedly remains quietly confident that the French star can play. However, it remains to be seen how well PSG would be able to play with two half fit forwards on the field.