Sydney FC will be flying the Hyundai A-League flag against the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Julian Draxler and Edinson Cavani in Tuesday’s high-profile friendly with Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain (kick off 10:00pm AEST).
PSG welcome the Sky Blues at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre in China, as part of a pre-season tour for the French club consisting of matches against Serie A club Inter Milan and Ligue 1 rivals Rennes.
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It is a chance for Sydney, who are jetting off on Saturday, to lock horns with some of the world’s best players before commencing their Hyundai A-League Championship defence in 2019/20.
But Steve Corica’s side aren’t venturing to China for a holiday, and will want to make an impression of their own in the eyes of the world.
PSG team news
Amid heavy speculation the 27-year-old is set to return to Barcelona this transfer window, PSG have confirmed that Brazil star Neymar will take no part in the showpiece friendly, having remained at the club’s training base in Shenzen.
Neymar – who missed Brazil’s 2019 Copa America triumph with foot and ankle injuries - did not feature in either of the club’s most recent friendlies against German clubs Dynamo and Nurnberg, or in Saturday night's clash with Inter Milan.
Brazil teammate Thiago Silva is unlikely to feature against Sydney following his Copa America exploits, as is Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Leandro Paredes.
However, new signings Ander Herrera, Abdou Diallo and Pablo Sarabia are all in strong contention face the Sky Blues.
Sydney FC team news
To be announced on Saturday.
They said it
- Sydney FC striker Adam Le Fondre
“I don’t think you can afford to treat it the match differently to anything else because you’ve already lost the game if you do that.
“They’ve got unlimited weapons in their arsenal, but we’ve recruited really well and we’ll hopefully have a few things up our sleeve to impose on them.
“We want to give a good account of ourselves and of Australian football as well.”
How to watch
Live coverage on beIN SPORTS 1 commences at 9:25pm AEST. Click here to get beIN SPORTS.
Paris Saint-Germain v Sydney FC
Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Venue: Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre, China
Kick off: 10:00pm AEST
Watch: Live on beIN SPORTS 1