PSG and Olympique Marseille dispute their classic with Messi and Sampaoli as protagonists: time, TV, and formations.
The Argentine star and the DT will cross again after the bad experience of the World Cup in Russia in the highest voltage game in French football.
A new edition of the classic between Olympique de Marseille and Paris Saint Germain will be played this Sunday at the Stade Vélodrome within the framework of Date 11 of Ligue 1 . Although this time the eyes of the world fell on this high-voltage duel of French football due to the presence of Argentine star Lionel Messi, who will meet Jorge Sampaoli after having shared a turbulent process in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Messi and Sampaoli will be face to face again after the bad experience in the Argentine team in the last World Cup, which led to the team's elimination in the Round of 16 just against France.
Although that is history for both of us, the 34-year-old Argentine star has his mindset on leading PSG towards recovering the title they gave up last season after three consecutive consecrations. So far, they are leading the way with 27 units, with nine victories and a single defeat in 10 games played.
Despite some unconvincing performances, the Parisian cast has managed to win most of their commitments, just as they did this week against RB Leipzig in the Champions League (3-2). But, again, Messi showed his best version and scored two goals for the comeback at the Parc des Princes.
Although that does not mean they will have an easy match, Olympique de Marseille aims to break a 10-year streak without beating PSG at the Vélodrome and thus climb positions in the table. The team Sampaoli (who beat Lorient 4-1 in his last presentation) has added 17 points and is only one guard unit Lens.
The Marseille aims to achieve a victory that takes his little crisis have only managed one win in their last six games in all competitions and could not score goals in four games this losing streak.
"Regarding Leo, I have not had contact with him. Only in the time that we share the dressing room", Sampaoli answered in one of the many questions that were asked related to Messi in the press conference, the commitment prevailed.
One of the main motivations is to take advantage of the loss of several PSG stars. Argentine Leandro Paredes is recovering from a minor injury. At the same time, Sergio Ramos continues with physical problems that prevent him from making his debut. However, Neymar could make his return to accompany Mbappé and Messi on offense. At the same time, Mauro Icardi will reappear after personal problems that kept him from the competition.