Paris SG VS Nantes Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 20 Nov 2021
Paris Saint-Germain welcome FC Nantes to Parc des Princes on Saturday with Mauricio Pochettino’s men 10 points clear at the Ligue 1 summit as popular former player Antoine Kombouare brings his Canaris team to the French capital. Nantes are midtable and faring better than last season when they came close to relegation before making a late escape. Neymar and Lionel Messi could play some part for Les Parisiens after being included in the squad.
The first game back after an international break always brings headaches to the Paris Saint-Germain coach. Mauricio Pochettino may be delighted that his native Argentina have qualified for next year’s World Cup but he also would have been waiting anxiously to see what state many of his key players were in as they returned from duty with their countries.
He has been without a whole squad’s worth of talent over the last two weeks, including his compatriots Lionel Messi, Ángel di María and Leandro Paredes, who all helped Argentina to a 0-0 draw against Brazil in San Juán that sealed their spot in Qatar. However, Neymar missed that game because of an adductor problem that forced him to return to Paris early. That is a real source of concern. The Brazilian looked like he was back close to his best when he netted twice in PSG’s 3-2 win at Girondins de Bordeaux in their last game a fortnight ago. Now he is expected to play no part against Nantes.
Meanwhile Presnel Kimpembe and Marco Verratti have been working to recover from the injuries that saw them miss out on representing their countries in World Cup qualifying action, and there have been whispers that Spanish centre-back Ramos could even be named in the squad for the game at the Parc des Princes.
However, Les Girondins made a game of it in the dying embers when Alberth Elis and M’Baye Niang both struck to threaten a storming comeback, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side held on to claim a second successive win in the top flight.
With last season’s title rivals in Lille, Monaco and Lyon all faltering, Les Parisiens sure are taking advantage to open up a 10-point gap at the top of the standings over second-placed Lens, taking 34 from a possible 39 in their 13 games this term.
The hosts are also six for six at the Parc des Princes in Ligue 1 this term – scoring at least two goals on each occasion – and their home winning streak in the French top flight now stands at an impressive nine matches before the visit of Nantes.
However, Pochettino must work around a depleted squad this weekend and will likely have one eye on the crunch clash with Manchester City in the Champions League, so Kombouare may sense an opportunity to get one over his former club this weekend.
Inconsistency continues to plague this Nantes side, who went into the lead twice against Strasbourg last time out but were pegged back to share the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Les Coureurs, despite having an extra man for the majority of the second half.
Kalifa Coulibaly headed home the opener for his side with 20 minutes gone before Habib Diallo levelled on the stroke of half time with a close-range finish, and after Randal Kolo Muani put Nantes back ahead and Ludovic Ajorque saw red for Strasbourg, the visitors rescued a point thanks to Adrien Thomasson’s header against his old club.
Having failed to claim a fourth home win on the bounce, Kombouare’s men occupy 10th spot in the rankings, with six points separating them from the bottom three and second-placed Lens as they sit smack-bang in the middle.
Les Canaris should not have any concerns about another fight for survival if they can maintain their new-found goalscoring touch, but they have only won one of their six games away from home this term and have conceded in each of them.
Nantes memorably marched to a 2-1 win at the Parc des Princes back in March, although that game was perhaps best remembered for Angel Di Maria’s substitution after Leonardo and Pochettino were informed that the winger’s house had been burgled, with Marquinhos also a victim of the same crime on the night.