Sunday August 12 2018
Buffon makes Ligue 1 debut

Gianluigi Buffon is in the starting XI for his Ligue 1 debut, as Paris Saint-Germain host SM Caen at the Parc des Princes.

The 40-year-old has already played one competitive game this season, their 4-0 Super Cup Trophee des Champions win over Monaco on August 4.

Coach Thomas Tuchel had kept his cards close to his chest when asked to choose between Alphonse Areola and Buffon for the gloves.

However, Areola is not even in the squad to face Caen, missing out along with Kylian Mbappé, Presnel Kimpembe, Marco Verratti, Layvin Kurzawa and Edinson Cavani.

This means that Buffon only faces competition from Kevin Trapp and therefore starts for his Ligue 1 debut.

It kicks off at the Parc des Princes this evening at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT).

Paris Saint-Germain: Buffon; Dagba, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, N’Soki; Diarra, Bernede, Rabiot; Di Maria, Neymar, Nkunku

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