Reigning Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) will lock horns with Serie A giants Inter Milan in a pre-season 2023 friendly at the Japan National Stadium in Tokyo on Tuesday, August 1. The PSG vs Inter pre-season friendly will start at 3:30 PM IST.
Under new manager Luis Enrique, PSG will aim to bounce back after suffering a shock 2-3 defeat against J1 League side Cerezo Osaka in their previous pre-season clash in Osaka, Japan.
Having left out their talisman Kylian Mbappe from PSG’s pre-season tour to Japan and South Korea, the Ligue 1 outfit has had mixed results in the pre-season so far.
While Kylian Mbappé’s exclusion has made all the headlines, PSG have strengthened their squad by signing the likes of Milan Skriniar, Marco Asensio, Lucas Hernandez and Manuel Ugarte.
PSG started their pre-season with a 2-0 win over French side Le Havre, before being held to a goalless draw by Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr FC.
On the other hand, Inter Milan annihilated Unione Sportiva Pergolettese 1932 10-0 in their pre-season 2023 opener.
However, Simone Inzaghi’s men later played a 1-1 draw against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr in their previous pre-season fixture.
Last season’s UCL finalists Inter have signed Francesco Acerbi, Marcus Thuram, Juan Cuadrado, Kristjan Asllani, Yann Aurel Bisseck, Davide Frattesi and Raffaele di Gennaro to boost their squad.
With two star-studded squads on display, we expect a high-scoring encounter at the Japan National Stadium.
PSG vs Inter Milan head-to-head
PSG have a dominant head-to-head record against Inter Milan in UEFA Champions League history, winning three of the four matches so far. The other match ended in a draw.
The two sides last faced each other in a club friendly in 2019 where Inter pipped PSG 6-5 on penalties at Estádio Campo Desportivo in Macau.
Where to watch PSG vs Inter Milan pre-season 2023 friendly live in India?
Live streaming of the PSG vs Inter Milan pre-season 2023 friendly will be available on the FanCode app and website in India.
There will be no live telecast of the PSG vs Inter Milan pre-season 2023 friendly on any TV channel in India.
PSG squad vs Inter Milan
Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alexandre Letellier, Louis Mouquet
Defenders: Achraf Hakimi, Presnel Kimpembe, Milan Skriniar, Marquinhos, Juan Bernat, Lucas Hernandez, Layvin Kurzawa, Serif Nhaga
Midfielders: Ethan Mbappé, Manuel Ugarte, Marco Verratti, Fabian Ruiz, Marco Asensio, Danilo Pereira, Vitinha, Renato Sanches, Carlos Soler, Warren Zaïre-Emery, Noah Lemina
Forwards: Neymar, Ismaël Gharbi, Kan-In Lee, Cher Ndour, Hugo Ekitike, Ilyes Housni
Inter Milan squad vs PSG
Goalkeepers: Alessandro Calligaris, Filip Stankovic, Raffaele Di Gennaro
Defenders: Matteo Darmian, Francesco Acerbi, Stefan De Vrij, Alessandro Bastoni, Yann-Aurel Bisseck, Federico Dimarco, Robin Gosens, Denzel Dumfries, Juan Cuadrado, Valentino Lazaro
Midfielders: Hakan Calhanoglu, Kristjan Asllani, Stefano Sensi, Nicolò Barella, Davide Frattesi, Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Forwards: Lautaro Martínez, Joaquin Correa, Marcus Thuram, Sebastiano Esposito, Giovanni Fabbian, Aleksandar Stankovic Giacomo Stabile
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