Troyes manager Patrick Kisnorbo expressed his disappointment following their 1-0 defeat at home against Nice last weekend, admitting that his players lost “focus from the first minute.” The second-longest winless streak in their history (D4, L12) placed them one step closer to Ligue 2, with a ten-point gap to safety ahead of this round appearing insurmountable at this stage of the season.
The prospect of becoming the first coach to lead Troyes to a victory against PSG since 2001 (D3, L16 since) will undoubtedly fuel the drive of the first Australian to manage in one of Europe’s top-five leagues. To achieve this feat, it will be crucial for Troyes to regain high levels of concentration, especially in the later stages of the game, as they have lost more points after the 75th minute (11) than any other team this Ligue 1 season.
PSG’s 3-1 loss to Lorient at Parc des Princes on Sunday not only narrowed their lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table to five points following the end of last round, but also sparked a crisis within the club. In response to the situation, the PSG management has taken the decision to suspend Lionel Messi for two weeks after he travelled to Saudi Arabia without the club’s approval the day after the defeat, despite a scheduled training session.
As PSG head to Stade de l’Aube amid drama, coach Christophe Galtier has encountered additional obstacles owing to the long-term injuries of Neymar and Nuno Mendes, as well as the suspension of Achraf Hakimi. But Galtier’s men can draw confidence from their flawless record of winning all three away games against current bottom-four teams this season, with each match featuring exactly three goals.
Players to watch: Troyes’ Rony Lopes will undoubtedly attract attention, having contributed to seven of his team’s 16 home goals (G4, A3). PSG’s Kylian Mbappé cherishes Troyes as it’s the team against whom he scored his maiden Ligue 1 goal in 2016 as a 17-year-old.
Hot streak: In each of PSG’s Ligue 1 away matches this season (excluding one 0-0 draw), the team that scored first has gone on to win (W12, L3).