PSG’s 100% start to the new Ligue 1 season came to an end against Rennes before the international break, with Gaetan Laborde and Flavien Tait registering in a 2-0 victory for the home side at Roazhon Park.
The defeat was unquestionably disappointing, but it has still been a strong start to the 2021-22 campaign for the Paris giants, who are already six points clear at the top of their domestic table, and it would be a huge surprise if they were unable to finish at the top of the pile come the end of the season.
PSG were held to a 1-1 draw by Club Brugge in their Champions League group-stage opener on September 15 but then recorded a 2-0 victory over Manchester City at the end of the month, with Lionel Messi scoring his first and only goal for the club since arriving on a free transfer over the summer.
Pochettino’s side will be without a number of important players on Friday, but they have won their last 10 league matches against Angers, including a 6-1 victory in the corresponding contest last term. Not since December 2015 have the capital outfit failed to beat their opponents here, which is an indication of the away side’s task.
PSG have an important and indeed busy end to the month, facing Marseille and Lille in the league on October 24 and October 29 respectively, while they will continue their European campaign at home to RB Leipzig next week.
Angers, meanwhile, finished 13th in Ligue 1 last term, but an excellent start to the 2021-22 campaign has seen them collect 16 points from nine matches to occupy fourth position in the table.
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Four wins, four draws and one defeat is how the team have performed in France’s top flight this term, and they will enter Friday’s contest off the back of a 3-2 win over Metz before the international break.
Angers’ most disappointing result of the season actually came on their own patch, when they suffered a 4-1 loss to Nantes on September 19, and the Black and Whites are unbeaten on their travels this term, drawing with Bordeaux, Brest and Troyes, in addition to overcoming Strasbourg.
Head coach Gerald Baticle will be more than aware of the size of the task facing his team on Friday, but the fact that PSG will be missing a number of key players certainly opens the door for a potential shock result