Successful recovery for PSG, on the strength of its crushing success against Nantes (4-0) to win the 2022 Champions Trophy. If more players like Neymar or Lionel Messi had scored, others might have lost.
After a well-negotiated pre-season tour of Japan, PSG confirmed their good form so far with the first success against Nantes (4-0) in the Trophée des Champions 2022 this Sunday. Dressed by the Neymar-Messi pair, the capital club made short work of the Canaries for Christophe Galtier’s official premiere at the Paris bank. We got five big winners from this meeting, against two losers.
It’s hard not to put him as the big winner of the night. For his first on the bench in Paris, the 55-year-old coach presented an attractive team in Paris, although still in the run-in phase. In line with what can be seen in Japan, the Frenchman also confirmed his confidence in his defensive trio with Sergio Ramos, Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe. Enthusiastic on the ball, always on the move and active when the ball is lost, Christophe Galtier’s PSG seduced their return to school. The former OGC Nice coach also collected praise from his Nantes counterpart Antoine Kombouaré. A first entry trophy directly into the wardrobe of the capital club. This good momentum now only needs to be confirmed for the continuation of Ligue 1 against Clermont on Saturday (9 pm).
After a different first season at PSG, Lionel Messi promises the best. Expected in turn for this first deadline of the season, the Argentinian responded to be on the side of Tel Aviv. First scorer of the meeting after a beautiful hook of Alban Lafont, the former star of FC Barcelona launched himself perfectly. Very axial and always found between the lines of his teammates, the seven-time Ballon d’Or managed to find himself in situations that fit what he knows how to do the best. His regained good physical condition should also be put on the side of good news. After two goals scored in Japan, here is the 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 time”, starting with free kicks? If it took him a few minutes to enter the meeting, the Brazilian became an offensive conductor of PSG, finding his legs. The author of a beautiful goal before half-time, the Parisian number 10 ended the lack that he has dragged since 2019 with a free kick. Always on the move in the second half, he offered himself a double with a fantastic conversion penalty in front of Alban Lafont, who won the final duel so far. Amid the rumors about his future, the auriverde international seems to be 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 made a big leap by joining the capital club this summer. Built alongside Marco Verratti in the middle, the Lusitanian quickly showed that he is a player who is comfortable on the ball, certainly more on the left unlike many midfielders in Paris. His technical link with Marco Verratti is already a good point for his first while his placement between the lines and his ability to play quickly, without increasing the unnecessary touch of the ball, allows PSG more going fast. A serious and applied first.
This Sunday, the Portuguese will not miss a pass in the green rectangle (43/43). The former resident of Dragoes could even have been decisive in the first minutes of the game if Achraf Hakimi had not been against Alban Lafont. It will take more for Vitinha to earn a starting place in Christophe Galtier’s team, but the first small steps are promising.
The big winner of this system change, it is for the moment he is sure. Along with Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe, the Spaniard gave a serious performance, crowned by a new goal. His third in Parisian colors in just 14 appearances. Facing an attack that will easily give him problems with live players like Moses Simon and Evann Guessand, the former captain of Real Madrid responded. When it comes to handing out good points, it’s hard not to give one to the 36-year-old defender. In the absence of a defensive reinforcement that is always expected of the Paris side, Sergio Ramos has marked his territory.
Without Kylian Mbappé (suspended), the young striker of the 2002 generation could claim a starting place in front of the Paris attack. Christophe Galtier finally favored Pablo Sarabia, a more defensive alternative better able to relieve the Verratti-Vitinha tandem in the ranks. With ten short minutes of play, the Frenchman still managed to put himself ahead but when it comes to counting, he will be among the losers of this encounter. To begin with, the French international hope cannot claim to have been relieved in the first period and his future within the attacking rotation of Paris still raises many questions to which a departure will find answers.
Although we didn’t envision him starting the game, the talented 16-year-old midfielder eventually left the scoresheet to settle in the stands at Bloomfield Stadium. The good signals sent during the tour of Japan are not enough for the player of the 2006 generation to be on the bench in Paris. Nothing to be discouraged though, the season is long and opportunities to get 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.