The Bruges Stadium is named after Jan Breydel who is renowned for orchestrating the Flemish uprisings in the 14th century against the oppressive reign of the Paris-based French monarch Philipp le Bel.
The French capital’s footballing rulers will be on display at the Jan Breydel Stadion on Wednesday night when Paris Saint-Germain are expected to deploy Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for the Group A fixture against Club Bruges in the Champions League this season. .
PSG, who reached the semi-finals of the competition last season after a race to the final in 2020, are among the favorites to succeed Chelsea as champions.
Messi, who has won the Champions League title three times with Barcelona, was recruited as a free agent to add firepower to a forward line from PSG who counted the French World Cup winner Mbappe and Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, who also hoisted the Champions League crown in Barcelona.
Messi made his PSG debut near the end of a 2-0 win in Brest on August 29, just before flying to South America to represent Argentina in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
He and Neymar, who had also been on international duty for Brazil, did not participate in Saturday’s 4-0 waltz against Clermont Foot at Parc des Princes.
But PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino is expected to install them up front with Mbappe for the draw against the leaders of the Belgian league. However, wielding such a legendary trident poses problems.
Pochettino, who is under pressure to win the Champions League title, needs to ensure a solid midfield platform to propel the wonderful troika and also prevent incursions.
Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, brought in on a free transfer after six years at Liverpool, told French sports newspaper L’Equipe: “With all the great players here, people only talk about the Champions League.
“Obviously the Champions League is huge because the club haven’t won it yet. But you can’t neglect the other competitions.”
The 30-year-old, who won the 2019 Champions League and Premier League while on Merseyside, is expected to feature in center on Wednesday night along with Ander Herrera and Danilo.
Wijnaldum will see former Liverpool teammate Simon Mignolet who moved to Brugge in 2019.
The 33-year-old goalkeeper said on the eve of the clash: “Players like Messi, Neymar and Mbappe all know how to tell the difference. It will be difficult as a keeper to keep a clean sheet. But us as a team, have worked on our defensive organization.
True heirs of Breydel.
Originally posted on RFI