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Angel Di Maria scored his first hat-trick for Paris Saint-Germain as the Coupe de France holders cruised into the quarter-finals with a 4-1 win at Sochaux last week. PSG was ruthless up front, even without the rested Neymar. With the Argentinian giant in sparkling form he was not needed.
Against Sochaux Di Maria had claimed a match ball for the first time since 2010, when he led Benfica in a sublime win vs Leixoes. Nine of Di Maria’s 13 goals this season have come since January, and he is making a case for starting against former club Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League next Wednesday.
In a few days, coach Emery must decide who’s gonna be on the pitch at Santiago Bernabeu. For sure, his main doubt revolves around the attacking line. Cavani and Neymar will be in for sure, but who will be the third player? While Angel Di Maria has scored 13 goals and has given 14 assists in 1.800 minutes this season, Kylian Mbappe also showcases cool statistics: 15 goals and 14 assists in 2.300 minutes.
Angel Di Maria is a player capable of “beautiful things” and should start Paris Saint-Germain’s mouth-watering Champions League showdown against Real Madrid, says forward Kylian Mbappe. The arrival of Mbappe and Neymar at PSG for this season has contributed to Argentina international not being guaranteed a starting berth.
“Di Maria deserves to start against Real Madrid, but I’m not the coach”, Mbappe told the press.
Mbappe feels PSG would be better off with Di Maria in the first XI to face his former club. “We all know very well how important Di Maria is to us”, the France star told reporters. “When he is like that, it’s good for the whole team and it allows us to win a few games in a row. He deserves to start against Real Madrid, but I’m not the coach”, he added. What do you think? Di Maria or Mbappe?