Paris Saint-Germain have brought their cavalry of stars to Japan and, on Friday night, they will meet Cerezo Osaka at Nagai Stadium in a terrific showcase of brilliant football.
The reigning French league champions are dreaming of big honors again this season and chose Japan as the site of their preparations for an exciting campaign. They played Saudi Arabian side All-Nassr in Osaka to kick off their preseason tour and now meet the Sakura.
Gianluigi Donnarumma remains one of the world’s best goalkeepers for PSG, while Marcos Asensio leads the front line and exciting young talents like Noha Lemina are also in tow.
Cerezo bring their own star power, with Léo Ceará leading the way. The Brazilian is top five in the league in goals and has pushed the Sakura into the top five of the Meiji Yasuda J1 League table.
One player who will not be intimidated by PSG’s stars in the slightest is Shinji Kagawa. He spent years playing for and with clubs like PSG, competing for the highest honors in European football. Now back at Cerezo, where he started his career, the veteran will feel right at home under the spotlight.
The setting at Nagai Stadium should be phenomenal, with the Sakura’s faithful supporters covering the ground in pink, while a smattering of PSG and top level football fans excited to see a great club like PSG. It’s a showcase for the sport and it’s all going down in Osaka.