After trying out a 4-4-2 with a certain amount of success against Metz for Kylian Mbappé’s first game in Paris Saint-Germain colours, Unai Emery is expected to return to his usual ways to face Celtic in the Champions League this week.
This is according to Le Parisien, who witnessed the Ligue 1 runners-up’s training on Monday, with Marco Verratti, suspended on Friday, in a midfield trio alongside Thiago Motta and Adrien Rabiot.
This would suggest Brendan Rodgers will need to plan against a 4-3-3 that will feature the attacking trio of the aforementioned Mbappé, Edinson Cavani and Neymar, which could see Celtic keep the 3-4-3 shape they played against Hamilton at the weekend.
The back three of Kieran Tierney, Jozo Simunovic and Mikael Lustig will likely have a lot to do on Tuesday night, and will need to be helped by their wing-backs against Paris Saint-Germain’s attacking threat.
At the back, Le Parisien expect a back four of Dani Alves, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva and Layvin Kurzawa, although the goalkeeping situation still needs to be resolved, as Kevin Trapp and Alphonse Aréola both rotated during training.
Two who will miss the trip to Celtic Park, however, are Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore, both suffering from thigh injuries.
Brendan Rodgers will surely be aware of how Emery’s team went through their final training session, and will be aware what he’s up against.