Le Classique : Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) vs Marseille

Some fixtures in the football world turn the heads of everyone around the world. One of those matches where you only get to choose one side. One such game coming to impress everyone around the world is the game played in French city, Marseille. Two of the best teams in France will play each other for eternal national glory. It is time for PSG vs Olympique de Marseille.


The long-lasting rivalry gets a modern touch

The rivalry between these two teams dates back to the last decade of the early 20th century. Both the teams were fighting hard for the title in the season 1988-89. Since then this fixture stands out of all the fixtures in the whole of France. Since now, PSG is one of the richest clubs in football it has got a modern touch. The Marseille side is looking to regain their past glory whereas PSG is building a star-studded team capable of winning the European glory for the first time in their history.

Will the underdogs overshine the stars of Paris?

Since the end of the summer transfer window, the question that is in the mind of every football fan in France is that, will the young and underdog team of Marseille will take out the star-studded team of Paris. Despite having a home-ground advantage Marseille will have to fight to outstart the stars coming from the French capital. The likes of Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe might be the problem. Yet, the problems don’t stop there, the defense of PSG looks sharp as Marquinhos and Ramos might not allow anyone to pass through the defense.

Mangers : Pochettino (PSG) and Sampaoli (Marseille)
Mangers : Pochettino (PSG) and Sampaoli (Marseille)

Will the managers be the difference?

The Managers of both the teams have a record of winning. Yet trophies in their cabinet say a very different story. Mauricio Pochettino and Jorge Sampaoli both have roots in Argentina. Both the managers although coming from the same country have a very different style of understanding and playing football. So, will the approach towards the match will be the difference of will it is the players that will help the coaches stand out of the crowd.

Predicted Line-up

Marseille’s line-up

Lopez; Saliba, Caleta-Car, Peres; Lirola, Kamara, Guendouzi, De la Fuente; Gerson, Payet; Milik.

PSG’s line-up

Navas; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Mendes; Herrera, Verratti, Gueye; Di Maria, Mbappe, Messi.

Players to Watch

The whole is talking about Messi being one of the greatest players in footballing history. So, it is natural that the PSG squad will have the GOAT as their main players. However along with that players that have the potential to stand out in the PSG team are Neymar, Mbappe, Di Maria, Verratti. No matter the result of the game it would be fun to watch PSG some of the best football of their time.

On the other hand side, the Marseille side also has players that can prove deadly if taken lightly. However, their main man in focus will be Payet who is quite an influential figure in the current squad of Marseille side. Along with his Milik, and De la Fuente can prove fatal of the players visiting from the French capital.

PSG vs Marseille : players to watch out - Messi and Payet
PSG vs Marseille: Players to watch out – Messi and Payet


The Marseille side is looking for their past glory. The season before the Covid-19 pandemic ended in disappointment for them as they finished 2nd being the season ended midway. Apart from that, the PSG side might just be a step ahead and the stars are expected to show an incredible game. However, the result might favor one team but the game will be a treat to watch for football fans all over the world.

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Ashlesh Khadse

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