Successful recovery for PSG, on the strength of its crushing success against Nantes (4-0) to win the 2022 Champions Trophy. If several players like Neymar or Lionel Messi have scored points, others may have. lost.
After a well-negotiated pre-season tour in Japan, PSG confirmed their good form at the moment with a first success against Nantes (4-0) at the Trophée des Champions 2022 this Sunday. Worn by the Neymar-Messi pair, the capital club made short work of the Canaries for the official premiere of Christophe Galtier on the Parisian bench. We drew five big winners from this meeting, against two losers.
The winners :
Difficult not to set him up as the big winner of the evening. For his first on the Parisian bench, the 55-year-old coach presented an attractive Parisian team, although still in the running-in phase. In line with what could be glimpsed in Japan, the Frenchman reaffirmed his confidence in his defensive trio with Sergio Ramos, Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe. Enterprising with the ball, regularly on the move and active when the ball is lost, Christophe Galtier’s PSG seduced for their return to school. The former coach of OGC Nice has also collected the compliments of his Nantes counterpart Antoine Kombouaré. A first entry trophy directly into the cupboard of the capital club. This good momentum now only needs to be confirmed for the resumption in Ligue 1 against Clermont on Saturday (9 p.m.).
After a contrasting first season at PSG, Lionel Messi has promised the best. Expected at the turn for this first deadline of the season, the Argentinian responded present on the side of Tel Aviv. First scorer of the meeting after a nice hook on Alban Lafont, the former star of FC Barcelona launched his own perfectly. Very axial and often found between the lines by his partners, the sevenfold Ballon d’Or was able to find himself in situations conducive to what he knows how to do best. His regained good physical condition is also to be put on the side of good news. After two goals scored in Japan, here is a third to score in July. Awarded the Best Player of the Match trophy as a bonus. A good omen for the future.
“Everything will come back this season”, starting with free kicks? If it took him a few minutes to enter the meeting, the Brazilian has turned into the offensive conductor of PSG, with his legs found. Author of a magnificent goal before half-time, the Parisian number 10 ended a scarcity he had been dragging on since 2019 on a free kick. Always stirring in the second half, he offered himself a double with a remarkably transformed penalty in front of Alban Lafont, victorious in the last duel to date. Amid rumors about his future, the international auriverde seems fully focused on the next games to come with PSG. Like Lionel Messi, his good physical condition is good news for the capital club.
First recruit of the Luis Campos era at PSG, the young Portuguese midfielder took a big leap forward by joining the capital club this summer. Established alongside Marco Verratti in the middle, the Lusitanian was quick to show that he was a player at ease with the ball, surely more than without unlike many Parisian midfielders. His technical complicity with Marco Verratti is already a good point for his first while his placement between the lines and his ability to play quickly, without multiplying unnecessary touches of the ball, allowed PSG to go faster forward. A serious and applied first.
This Sunday, the Portuguese will not have missed a pass on the green rectangle (43/43). The former Dragoes resident could even have been decisive in the first minutes of the game if Achraf Hakimi had not come up against Alban Lafont. It will certainly take much more for Vitinha to secure a starting place in Christophe Galtier’s team, but the first steps of the small size have been promising.
The big winner of this change of system, it is for the moment surely him. Alongside Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe, the Spaniard delivered a serious performance, crowned with a new goal. His third in Parisian colors in just 14 appearances. Faced with an attack prone to give him problems with lively players like Moses Simon and Evann Guessand, the former Real Madrid captain responded. When it comes to distributing the good points, it’s hard not to award one to the 36-year-old defender. In the absence of a defensive reinforcement always hoped for on the Parisian side, Sergio Ramos has marked his territory.
In the absence of Kylian Mbappé (suspended), the young striker of the 2002 generation could have claimed a starting place at the front of the Parisian attack. Christophe Galtier finally favored Pablo Sarabia, a more defensive alternative better able to relieve the Verratti-Vitinha tandem in sequences. With ten short minutes of play, the Frenchman still managed to put himself forward but when it comes to reckoning, he is to be ranked among the losers of this meeting. On the start, the French international hopeful cannot claim to have been comforted by this first deadline of the season and his future within the Parisian offensive rotation still poses so many questions to which a departure could find answers.
Although we did not imagine him starting the meeting, the talented 16-year-old midfielder finally left the score sheet to settle in the stands of Bloomfield Stadium. The good signals sent during the tour in Japan were not enough for the player of the 2006 generation to take place on the Parisian bench. Nothing to be discouraged however, the season will be long and the opportunities to grab minutes should present themselves to the young native of Montreuil. The well-established departures of Idrissa Gueye to Everton and Georginio Wijnaldum to AS Roma could also allow him to gain ground.
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