Successful recovery for PSG, by dint of their overwhelming victory against Nantes (4-0) to win the 2022 Champions Trophy. If several players like Neymar or Lionel Messi have added points, others may have lost them.
After a negotiated pre-season tour in Japan, PSG confirmed their good form with a first win against Nantes (4-0) in the 2022 Trophée des Champions this Sunday. Sheathed in the Neymar-Messi duo, the capital club did little work to the canaries for the official debut of Christophe Galtier on the Parisian bench. We drew five big winners from this match, against two losers.
Difficult not to make him the great winner of the evening. For his debut on the Parisian bench, the 55-year-old coach presented an attractive Parisian team, albeit still in the shooting phase. In line with what could be glimpsed in Japan, the Frenchman reaffirmed his confidence in his defensive trio made up of Sergio Ramos, Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe. Enterprising with the ball, constantly on the move and active when the ball is lost, Christophe Galtier’s PSG seduced for his return to school. The former OGC Nice coach has also drawn praise from his Nantes counterpart Antoine Kombouaré. A first-inning trophy directly in the cupboard of the capital club. This good moment now only needs to be confirmed for the restart in Ligue 1 against Clermont on Saturday (9:00 p.m.).
After a contrasting first season at PSG, Lionel Messi has promised the best. Expected around the corner for this first deadline of the season, the Argentine responded by present for the Tel Aviv side. First scorer of the game after a nice hook from Alban Lafont, the former FC Barcelona star shot his team to perfection. Very axial and often found between the lines by his teammates, the seven-time Ballon d’Or was able to find himself in favorable situations for what he knows how to do best. The good physical condition of him recovered from him must also be put on the side of the good news. After two goals scored in Japan, here’s a third to score in July. Awarded the Man of the Match trophy as a bonus. A good omen for the future.
“Everything will come back this season”, starting with free throws? If it took him a few minutes to enter the match, the Brazilian has become PSG’s offensive driver, with his legs found. Author of a magnificent goal before the break, the Parisian number 10 ended a free kick that had been dragging on since 2019 with a free kick. Always agitated in the second half, he offered himself a brace with a remarkably converted penalty against Alban Lafont, winner in the last duel to date. Amid the rumors about his future, the Auriverde international seems totally focused on the next games with PSG. Like Lionel Messi, his good physical condition is good news for the capital club.
First signing of the Luis Campos era at PSG, the young Portuguese midfielder made a big leap by signing for the capital club this summer. Established alongside Marco Verratti in midfield, the Lusitanian soon showed that he was a comfortable player on the ball, surely more so than without it, unlike many Parisian midfielders. His technical complicity with Marco Verratti is already a good point for his debut, while his position between the lines and his ability to play quickly, without multiplying unnecessary ball touches, allowed PSG to go forward faster. 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 might even have been decisive in the opening minutes of the match had Achraf Hakimi not run into Alban Lafont. No doubt it will take much longer for Vitinha to secure a starting spot in Christophe Galtier’s side, but the small size’s first steps have been promising.
The great winner of this change of system is surely him at the moment. Together with Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe, the Spaniard put in a serious performance, crowned with another goal. His third with the Parisian colors in just 14 appearances. Faced with an attack likely to give him trouble with lively players like Moses Simon and Evann Guessand, the former Real Madrid captain responded. When it comes to dishing out the good points, it’s hard not to give the 36-year-old defender one. In the absence of a defensive reinforcement always expected in the Parisian team, Sergio Ramos has marked his territory.
In the absence of Kylian Mbappé (suspended), the young striker from the generation of 2002 could have claimed a starting spot at the helm of the Parisian attack. Christophe Galtier finally favored Pablo Sarabia, a more defensive alternative and more capable of relieving the Verratti-Vitinha tandem in sequences. With ten short minutes to play, the Frenchman still managed to take the lead, but when it comes down to it, he is among the losers in this match. For starters, the French international hopeful can’t say he’s been consoled by this first deadline of the season and his future within the Parisian offensive rotation still raises many questions to which an exit could find answers.
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Although we didn’t expect him to start the match, the talented 16-year-old midfielder eventually left the scoring to settle in the stands at Bloomfield Stadium. The good signals sent during the tour of Japan were not enough for the player of the generation of 2006 to make a place for himself on the Parisian bench. Don’t get discouraged though, the season will be a long one and opportunities to gain minutes should present themselves for the young Montreuil native. 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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