Mbappe brace helps PSG to sink Nimes

Italy forward Moise Kean 20 joined on loan from Everton just before the transfer window shut earlier this month. ― Reuters pic

The World Cup victor earned a starting role for the Paris-based club today when they made the trip to the Stade des Costieres grounds to face off with the side based in Nîmes. The 29-year-old is a "contact case" after he was in the Portugal squad alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, who has tested positive for coronavirus.

With the likes of Neymar, Angel Di Maria, Marcos Verratti, Marquinhos, Mauro Icardi, Julian Draxler, Layvin Kurzawa, Danilo and Juan Bernat all unavailable for selection, it was a tough task for Tuchel.

Of PSG's other recent signings, midfielder Danilo Pereira must wait for his debut after arriving on loan from Porto - he is isolating after coming into contact with Cristiano Ronaldo, who tested positive for Covid-19, while on worldwide duty with Portugal.

Tuchel admits that the midfielder is in bad shape after picking up the hamstring injury during the game at Nimes and conceded that he will not be fit to play against Manchester United.

PSG lost their opening two matches of the season against Lens and Marseille.

The French champions will open their latest Champions League campaign with a home fixture against United on Tuesday, where they will be aiming to exact revenge for a stunning round of 16 defeat to the Premier League giants in 2018-19.

With that game in mind, Tuchel said he could call on new arrivals Rafinha and Moise Kean. "He's a very technical player, very humble and very easy to get on with".

"I know he'll be able to adapt quickly and of course he'll be able to play".

Kylian Mbappe scored a brace in Paris Saint-Germain's 4-0 win over Nimes on Friday, sending the defending champions to the top of the standings for the first time this season after Rennes were unexpectedly held 1-1 by bottom side Dijon.

Around 5,000 fans will attend the game in Nimes, which does not feature in the French government's list of cities included in a curfew.

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