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Paris Saint-Germain predicted lineup vs Bordeaux - Ligue 1

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Mauricio Pochettino can only now deliver one trophy for PSG this season after their Champions League elimination
Mauricio Pochettino can only now deliver one trophy for PSG this season after their Champions League elimination / David Ramos/GettyImages
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Paris Saint-Germain have to pick themselves up off the floor after Wednesday's latest Champions League failing as they host Bordeaux in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Two and a half hours into the two-legged tie PSG were leading Real Madrid 2-0 on aggregate. Yet, Karim Benzema's 17-minute hat-trick added another chapter to the weighty tome of PSG's European capitulations.

Here's the lineup Mauricio Pochettino may deploy in a vain attempt to quell the midweek devastation.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Keylor Navas
Keylor Navas has started 60% of PSG's Ligue 1 games / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

Keylor Navas (GK) - Spared the ignominy of returning to Real Madrid for Wednesday's embarrassment, Navas may be grateful for the club's goalkeeper rotation for the first time all season.

Achraf Hakimi (RB) - Behind the team's glitzy front three, Hakimi has contributed to the next-highest tally of Ligue 1 goals (six - three goals and as many assists).

Marquinhos (CB) - Hardly alone in enduring a tough night, the PSG skipper received a two from l'Equipe's infamous rating system after the Madrid debacle.

Presnel Kimpembe (CB) - After a game to forget, Kimpembe can take a smidgen of solace from his unbeaten personal record against Bordeaux (W6 D1).

Juan Bernat (LB) - Following a hellish battle against injury, Bernat has emerged as Pochettino's primary Ligue 1 left-back option since February.

2. Midfielders

Danilo Pereira
Danilo Pereira is PSG's second-top scorer in Ligue 1 (five goals) / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Danilo Pereira (CM) - Dropping in as an auxiliary right-back while Achraf Hakimi ploughs forward, Danilo plays a selfless role in a team littered with attention-stealers.

Leandro Paredes (CM) - One of the few PSG players that could emerge from midweek with his reputation intact, when Paredes was subbed off his side were still leading on aggregate.

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM) - A nailed-on presence in Liverpool's midfield for the past five years has endured a spotty appearance record in this PSG side - and is often shunted out of position when he does get the nod.

3. Forwards

Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe has scored or assisted 25 of PSG's 56 Ligue 1 goals this season / Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/GettyImages

Lionel Messi (RW) - The domestic goals haven't exactly been flowing for Messi (nine teammates have more) but he has laid on six assists in his last six Ligue 1 outings.

Neymar (ST) - Half of Neymar's seasonal goal haul was scored in the reverse fixture with Bordeaux.

Kylian Mbappe (LW) - With 16 goals in his last 14 appearances, Mbappe has emphatically underlined his unrivalled importance to the team.


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