Kimmich, Donnaruma, Verratti restart

They did not shine with their sports performances. But with the Champions League over, Kimmich, Verratti and Donnarumma are keen to step up.

Joshua Kimmich (Bayern)

After being humiliated for the second time in a row at the World Cup, the midfielder of “Bayern” is still waiting for his time in “Manschaft”. While he looks to return home in 2024 during the Euros and win an 8th Bundesliga in a row, he will be magnificent in the Champions League, another competition that has denied him against PSG.

He can do it : Winning the Champions League, winning the Bundesliga and the German Cup

He will do it : To achieve the Bundesliga Cup double

Gianluigi Donnarum (PSG)

The World Cup-missing Italian goalkeeper will be a key element in the second half of the season for PSG, who have so far been sovereign. The 2020 European Nations Champion, reassured by his No. 1 status, has the opportunity to demonstrate that he has definitely reached another dimension in 2023. If he succeeds at the age of 23, he will follow in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessors Zoff or Buffon and open the door to legend.

He can do it : Win Ligue 1, Win Champions League, Win Nations League
He will do it : Win Ligue 1, win the Champions League

Marco Verratti (PSG)

Now is the time for the tireless scavenger to reap the rewards of his long-term commitment to PSG. To that end, not playing at the World Cup could be a trigger, as it would allow him to escape the frail physique that has kept him out of crucial appointments, the caliber of those waiting for him, for far too long. Bayern Munich in February.

He can do it : Win Ligue 1, Win Champions League, Win Nations League
He will do it : Win Ligue 1, win the Champions League

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

His sixth season with the Reds would not be his best. Undoubtedly relegated in the Premier League, his 6 minor goals speak volumes for Liverpool’s lack of efficiency in the league this season. Fortunately, the Champions League remains, where the Egyptian footballer shares the top scorer with Mbappe (7 goals). A prestigious round of 16 tie against Real Madrid could save their season as they await the CAN finals, scheduled for July but postponed to January 2024, provided they qualify…

He can do it : Win the Champions League, win the CAN, win the Cup
He will do it : Get a LIFE

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

The Belgian international, who returned from Qatar with a bang, had everything to gain by changing the year and hopes that 2023 will present him with the European prize he deserves, the Champions League. If RB Leipzig shouldn’t cause too many problems in the 1/8 finals, the rest looks more random. Relegated in the league, the Citizens could be relegated in the cup to avoid being left empty-handed. One thing is certain, the Ballon d’Or race is over for him.

He can do it : Win the Premier League, Win the Champions League, Win the Cup
He will do it : Win the trophy

Mike Maignan (Milan)

As for Lloris’ future, it is inevitable that the Milan international goalkeeper’s future is part of the France team in the very short term. He is the heir. 2023 could be the year he passes the baton after a string of injuries prevented him from playing his first World Cup. He was named the best goalkeeper of L1 in 2019, the best goalkeeper of Serie A in 2022, formatted to apply for the Yachine Trophy in 2023.

He can do it : Win the Champions League, win the Yachine Trophy, win the Coppa Italia
He will do it : Win the Yachine trophy

Paul Pogba (Juventus)

The injury scuppered his return to Juventus in 2022, but also ruled him out of the World Cup. Otherwise, the 29-year-old, who knows he has little time left to make football history more than his Russian success in 2018, will increase his motivation tenfold as he always intended. He’ll be there in 2024 for the Euros… and is hoping for 2023 to build momentum. Against FC Nantes in the Europa League play-offs from February?

He can do it : Win the Europa League, win the Coppa Italia
He will do it : Win the Italian Cup

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)

It was in front of the television that the Algerian international watched the exploits of Morocco in Qatar. Enough to keep the frustration out of a player who is still running behind the Champions League with the Citizens. For Mahrez, who is a little behind in the Premier League, everything will be possible in 2023, he will even succeed in the grand slam in 2021. Two years later, it’s certainly now or never.

He can do it : Win the Premier League, Win the Champions League, Win the Cup, Win the Ballon d’Or

He will do it : Win the trophy

Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)

The Frenchman, who has been a reliable asset in the Bundesliga for a season and a half, will have a good way to forget his last-minute withdrawal against Manchester United in the Champions League play-offs. The cup could be his too. Otherwise, getting rid of Lewandowski and Haaland, the title of the top scorer in the Bundesliga goes to him, which will allow him to change his size. Before the flight to Chelsea…

He can do it : Win the Bundesliga, win the Champions League, be the top scorer in the Bundesliga

He will do it : Bundesliga top scorer

N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)

The phenomenon of the Blues, who did not participate in the World Cup in Qatar, has been dragging its feet for several months. His last match with the Blues is in June 2022, his last title (C1) with Chelsea in 2021… with only the Champions League still available to him in 2023! At 31, he still has plenty of room to become relevant again and even plan for the 2026 World Cup.

He can do it : Win the Champions League, Win the Cup
He will do it : Return to the France team to prepare for Euro 2024

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