Paris Saint-Germain will have representation at this summer’s European Championship as France gears up to launch the tournament in three days time!
However, only two countries will have Parisian players in their ranks; France and Italy. Unfortunately, we can no longer count Sweden as one of those select few nations. Although Zlatan Ibrahimovic is technically still a PSG player, his contract will expire at the end of the month and looks a foregone conclusion to sign for Manchester United. It really hit home that the big man will longer be adorning the Parisian blue after seeing the club’s official website remove him from the squad list…
We can thank Les Bleus and the Azzurri for flying the PSG flag as they have two players each. France’s midfield will be more than ticking over with the engine that is big bad Blaise Matuidi. He made history the other night in the 3-0 win over Scotland by equalling Bernard Lama’s record of 41 caps; the most appearances by a Paris Saint-Germain player for the French national team.
The other representative in Didier Deschamps’ squad is somewhat of a forgotten man in Paris. Lucas Digne, remember him? The full-back spent last season on loan in Italy with AS Roma and has resurrected himself in the Eternal City. So much so that he harbours a permanent move there which looks more than likely over the summer months. Nevertheless, he is still a PSG player until otherwise.
As for the Italians, Thiago Motta will be in the heart of their midfield. An experienced pro, someone who their coach Antonio Conte will look to be a leader within the Azurri midfield. Then there is Salvatore Sirigu who will be on the bench as he has been all season. Unfortunately for him the legend that is Gigi Buffon will once again be in between the sticks at a major international tournament. Sirigu’s chance at being the national number one will arrive in the not too distant future, surely?
Then you have to spare a thought for those that won’t be there. Little Marco Verratti would have been one of the stars at the tournament for Italy had he not undergone an operation to rectify this groin problem.
Also, our goalkeeper Kevin Trapp was left out of the German squad altogether, which was a surprise. He was ever present for us and despite the odd hiccup, looked to be a certainty to be in the squad. Unfortunately, coach Joachim Low thought otherwise.