The Champions League battle between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain is approaching, and Angel Di Maria is back to his best, but is it good enough to start against Los Blancos? The Argentinian scored a ‘hat-trick’ against Sochaux, rounding off his latest great performance and opening up the debate even more. ”Di Maria deserves to be in the starting eleven against Real Madrid,” said his teammate Kylian Mbappe, but when all is said and done, will he start at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu?
Emery is obliged to make a place for his most incisive player: nine goals and six assists in the 10 games demands it. It wouldn’t make sense for the Basque coach to dispense with the ONLY player who has been a starter in ALL the matches that PSG have played in 2018.
We are seeing the best version of ‘El Fideo’ since leaving the Bernabeu. With Motta injured, the Di Maria could also play in midfield with Rabiot so that Verratti, better defensively than Lo Celso and fitter than Lass, will play defensive pivot.
If ‘MCN’ is available, Di Maria will not be a starter against Real Madrid. If Mbappe, Cavani and Neymar play in attack, the Argentinian will start as a substitute against Zinedine Zidane’s team. The three attack positions are reserved for three artists who have accumulated 69 goals this season. Mbappe, Cavani and Neymar mix perfectly and are enough to overcome any defence. In France they are causing terror and panic wherever they go. Di Maria is on a roll and would start in any team… except PSG. ‘MCN’ are on fire and it means there are no options for anyone else to gatecrash that particular party. Not even the best player on Emery’s team in 2018.