Luis Enrique continues to surprise with his lineup choices. Carlos Soler is also included in the starting 11 for the French champions, but not Gonçalo Ramos, Vitinha, or Danilo Pereira.
Enrique maintains trust in young Lucas Beraldo in defense and gives Manuel Ugarte another chance in midfield. Paris captain Marquinhos returns to the starting 11.
It’s worth noting that Paris is also without Milan Skriniar, Presnel Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes, and Achraf Hakimi, who has just returned from the African Cup of Nations. Alaa Bellaarouch has been favored by Patrick Vieira.
This will be the Moroccan goalkeeper’s first appearance in Ligue 1, having already played twice in the Alsatian goal this season in the Coupe de France.