PSG Aiming to End Season on a High Note
PSG will be looking to end the 2022-23 campaign on a positive note as they prepare to face Clermont Foot in their final game of the season at the Parc des Princes on Saturday. Although this hasn’t been a vintage season for PSG, they will still lift their record eleventh Ligue 1 title after this weekend’s match.
This game will also mark Lionel Messi’s final appearance in a PSG shirt before he departs on a free transfer. A decision on his future is expected next week. Despite Messi’s two-year stint at Parc des Princes yielding only a World Cup triumph, a seventh Ballon d’Or and some solid personal displays, PSG have clinched top spot with a 1-1 draw at Strasbourg last week. They can play the final day of the Ligue 1 season without any pressure, even though they were odds-on favorites to win the French top-flight due to their superior goal difference.
Galtier’s Final Game in Charge of PSG
Christophe Galtier is expected to leave his position as PSG manager as the club continues its pursuit of European glory. He will be looking to end his tenure with a big win over Clermont on the final day of the season.
Clermont, on the other hand, have had an incredible season, performing above expectations and currently sitting in eighth place in the table, just six points away from a lower-tier European spot. This is an impressive achievement, considering they were only promoted two years ago and barely survived last season.
However, with little left to play for, the visitors are unlikely to put up much of a fight this weekend. PSG won the reverse fixture 5-0 and will be looking for a similarly convincing scoreline in this match.
The confirmed lineups for PSG vs Clermont Foot are as follows:
Paris Saint-Germain XI (3-4-1-2): Donnarumma; Danilo, Ramos, Bitshiabu; Zaïre-Emery, Vitinha, Verratti, Hakimi; Messi; Ekitike, Mbappe
Clermont Foot XI (3-4-2-1): Diaw; Seidu, Wieteska, Caufriez; Zeffane, Gonalons, Gastien, Borges; Cham, Rashani; Kyei
PSG’s Future Plans
This match against Clermont is the final fixture of the 2022-23 campaign for PSG, and the team has already started planning for the next season. The club is expected to clear out some of the stars who have failed to impress during their time in Paris.
With Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos set to leave PSG on free transfers and the futures of Neymar and Marco Verratti uncertain, the French giants are looking to rebuild with young and hungry future stars in the upcoming transfer window. PSG is hoping to achieve greater success in the future by bringing in fresh talent and building a team that can challenge for European glory.