Before Manchester, PSG redo the blow of the breakdown against Bordeaux – Ligue 1

As in Monaco, Paris inexplicably sank in the second half on Saturday, against the Girondins.

At the Parc des Princes

“I still defend my team but today I can’t.” Saturday, it is not towards journalists or “experts” that Thomas Tuchel directed his anger. But in the direction of his players. It must be said that “his” PSG did not shine against the Girondins. In summary, the Rouge et Bleu woke up after a goal against his camp by young (18) Timothée Pembélé (10th) – who was playing his first pro game – and took full control, even turning the score in the lead in the space of two minutes thanks to a penalty from Neymar (27th) and a goal signed by Moise Kean (28th). Their clumsiness – especially that of Kylian Mbappé – and the talent of Benoît Costil prevented them from adding to the bill before half-time. And after the break, a black hole. As in Monaco last week (3-2 defeat), Paris released the pressure. “Attitude, effort, discipline … We lacked everything”, plague Tuchel, who believes that this second period against Bordeaux being “even worse” than that of Louis II. Even if, this time, PSG got away with a draw (2-2), once again conceding a goal from one of its former players, Yacine Adli (60th).

The half empty glass

Among the good news of the evening, there is the good first of Pembélé (despite this CSC) and the return of Marco Verratti, holder for the first time since October 2. The game was also more consistent than against Leipzig (1-0 victory), with a more playful and technical environment. Last but not least, no more injuries to deplore. But that’s not enough to see the glass half full … Especially not before going to Old Trafford for a life-to-death match against Manchester United next Wednesday in the Champions League. “We played a shy match,” says Neymar, on Canal+. We managed to score goals, but we missed some details. We must improve that, otherwise, it will be complicated in Ligue 1 but also in the Champions League. We need to play more as a team and be better organized. Otherwise, it will be very difficult… ”

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Thomas Tuchel was running out of excuses. “I have no explanation, he breathes, in a press conference. We can’t play like in the second half. We had enough time to recover before this match, and we will also have some before Manchester. ” And to add: “I am very disappointed. I don’t want to accept our second half. It was as if we had 11 individualists … We lacked everything in the second half. You can’t play a match like that in Ligue 1. It’s not serious enough. The game requires that we give everything, the spectators, the coach too. It is deserved that we do not win and it is in fact good. I thought that was enough, once, against Monaco. I was wrong … I have the feeling that we lost this match because the second period, I can not accept it. ” Led by a good Hatem Ben Arfa, the Bordelais could very well have left the Parc des Princes with three points and put an end to a series of now eleven games without a win against PSG. They shot 18 times on goal (14 in the second half) and Sergio Rico is to be credited with three saves in this meeting.

Since Opta analyzes the competition, it is also the first time that the capital club have suffered 16 or more strikes in three consecutive matches in Paris in the league. And this because the PSG presented “11 individualists” on the meadow, dixit Tuchel, a team cut in two with the loss of the ball. This was especially true in the second half. “I ask and the love of the game asks that we give everything, insists” Herr Tuchel “. If there are circumstances that make it not possible, I will defend the team, but not today. It is our responsibility. ”

“If we play like that in Manchester, we will not succeed”

Thomas Tuchel

One thing is certain: it is hardly reassuring before Manchester. “We know the importance of this match, explains“ Ney ”. Like the previous one against Leipzig, it will be a decisive game. We didn’t play well against Leipzig, but we won. Wednesday, we will try to have our best game, to play well. ” And this will notably involve the defensive efforts of everyone, including the trio or quartet of the attack, depending on the plans of coach Tuchel. Although, given the physical state of certain elements, Neymar and Verratti in the lead, we can bet that the German technician will opt for a 4-3-3 in the north of England, the 4-4-2 being too demanding for Parisian organizations currently. Perhaps an evolving 4-3-3, with the sentinel coming down between the two central defenders on the offensive phases, as Leo Paredes did on Saturday. “If we play in Manchester as in the second half (against Bordeaux), we will not succeed”, summarized Tuchel, on Canal+.

Tuchel and the Parisians will also need to have all their executives on the bridge, including Marquinhos and Keylor Navas, spared against the Girondins, like Layvin Kurzawa. “They must play,” said the Bavarian of the first two nominated. How? ‘Or’ What ? I don’t know … But we will see with the physiotherapists, the doctors … We must absolutely have both, if possible all three. ” In any case, the Reds and Blues should not keep any under the sole: except in the event of Istanbul Basaksehir’s feat against Leipzig, a defeat at Old Trafford would be disastrous for the 8th.


Villas-Boas: “A personal victory for each player” – Fil info – Marseille – Homes Clubs – Ligue 1

André Villas-Boas was a happy coach on Saturday night after OM’s convincing victory against Nantes (3-1). “It’s a very good performance for the team, a personal victory for each player, they had the right mindset, the right desire, we found combinations, we entered the box, I hope this match can be a reference for the future. We needed a victory like that to see if we can do the same against Olympiakos (Tuesday in C1, editor’s note). A click? I hope, I hope … We also had a good match against Bordeaux (3-1) and afterwards, in Greece (1-0 defeat at Olympiakos, editor’s note), we had a rather match. . hard. I can’t promise, but I hope. Is this our best game this season? We don’t have too many … There are still Bordeaux, Brest (3-2) and Paris SG (1-0), taking into account the opponent. And Porto here at home (2-0 loss). But tonight this 4-2-3-1, with wingers and Cuisance between the lines, worked well, ”commented the Portuguese.


Incidents in Buenos Aires during the funeral vigil for Maradona – Fil Info

Incidents inside Argentina’s presidential palace in Buenos Aires forced authorities on Thursday to remove Maradona’s coffin from a fiery chapel, as clashes erupted with police in the surrounding streets. The transfer of the coffin to another living room was confirmed to AFP by a government source, just after the authorities announced the three-hour extension of the funeral vigil, which precedes the burial of the Argentine star.


Franco Baresi has a “crying heart” after the disappearance of Maradona – Fil Info

Emblematic defender of AC Milan between 1977 and 1997, Franco Baresi has often crossed paths with Diego Maradona on the lawns of the Italian championship. The 60-year-old libero confided his sentence after the announcement of the Argentinian’s death, quoted by the Italian agency ANSA: “My heart cries, it was a legend, a myth, an immortal, a of the greatest in the history of football and, it could be said, the greatest of all. And he was loved by people, who went to the stadium because of the emotions he gave. He did with oranges what seemed impossible to do with a ball to other footballers. “


Koeman explains why Griezmann was a replacement – Fil Info – Champions League

Without Messi, without Fati and therefore without Griezmann, FC Barcelona displayed an unprecedented line of attack at the start of the match against Dynamo Kiev (4-0) with Coutinho, Braithwaite and Trincao. Ronald Koeman had decided to blow Antoine Griezmann by leaving him on the bench at kickoff. The Frenchman finally entered in the 66th minute in place of Philippe Coutinho before scoring in added time.

At the end of the meeting, the Batavian technician explained the reasons for the late entry of Griezmann. “Antoine has been one of the players who has played almost every game so far, and in the national team too,” the coach recalled on Movistar. I decided to play him only for half an hour for physical reasons, ”he concluded.


Villas-Boas before OM-Porto: “Maybe better if we get out of this European nightmare” – Champions League

André Villas-Boas spoke at a press conference, before the match against Porto on Wednesday evening on the 4th day of the Champions League.


Bad operation for Galatasaray – Fil Info – Abroad

Held in check at home by the 18th Kayserispor (1-1), Galatasaray failed to chain a fourth success in a row to get closer to the leading duo made up of Alanyaspor and Fenerbahçe. Ultra domineering (27 shots to 3), Fatih Terim’s men had yet done the hard part by opening the scoring from the penalty spot by their center forward Mbaye Diagne (63rd), scoring here his first goal of the season. But a poor recovery in the axis of captain Ryan Donk benefited the Brazilian Gustavo Campanharo who adjusted Fatih Ozturk from 25 meters (71st). Thus, Galatasaray remains third in the championship.


The president of the African Confederation Ahmad Ahmad suspended for five years by Fifa – Fil Info – Abroad

The Fifa Ethics Commission suspended the President of the African Confederation Ahmad Ahmad for five years, fining him in addition 200,000 Swiss francs (185,000 euros), in particular for embezzlement. The 60-year-old Madagascan leader, at the head of African football since March 2017 and candidate for a second term, was also placed in police custody on suspicion of corruption in June 2019 in Paris.


Guion deplores “a flagrant lack of success” in Reims – Fil info – Ligue 1

David Guion (Reims coach, beaten at home by Nîmes 1-0): “Before the match, we had identified the match scenario and Nîmes’ game plan. My players weren’t surprised. It was the typical pattern of an attack-defense, on which we couldn’t find the opening. In the first half, we lacked speed, creativity and technical finesse. After the goal, the behavior of my players was much more aggressive and in the last minutes, there was a miraculous save by the Nîmes goalkeeper and the two bars. It is a blatant lack of success, but success provokes itself. We have to provoke things much earlier and we cannot do it only at the end of the match. In my opinion, the penalty is questionable. The player (Zinedine Ferhat) completely lures the referee and it is very surprising that the referee does not move (to see the video). Losing is difficult, on this action it is even more painful. “


Eden Hazard, again target of the Spanish press – Spain – Abroad

The Real Madrid playmaker, again in charge, was an “intermittent” Saturday that has not escaped criticism. A bad habit for the Belgian strategist.

Tested positive for Covid-19 at the beginning of November, Eden Hazard had to ignore the three matches of the Belgian selection before resuming the maneuver at Real Madrid. A comeback which only illustrated the difficulties of the Belgian strategist who has, only by flashes, given his full measure to Real since his signing (for five years) in June 2019. Since weight problems, poor performance and injuries, accompanied the daily life of a player who yearns for the brilliance of a new start. Each performance is dissected. After Real’s 1-1 game at Villarreal on Saturday, Eden Hazard was again the target of criticism in the Spanish press. Brand stressed: “The return of Eden Hazard always raises expectations and a lot of hope, as he is always Real Madrid’s last big signing, no matter how many stones he finds in his path. But it is rare that reality then corresponds to dreams (…) It is clear that he lacked rhythm. When he has no speed and spark he always looks for the easiest solution, giving the ball to the teammate closest to him. He too generally abuses side play. “


Sports world adding: “Eden Hazard has not yet” exploded “at Real Madrid. The Belgian is far from being the player the white team signed from Chelsea and who has been one of the stars of football at the world level. Since his ankle injury, the danger is no longer the same and although it seems that these ailments have already been forgotten, the Belgian is not taking the step forward that all supporters are waiting for. He made a very discreet comeback (against Villareal). He barely played a role in Real offensives and never tried to dribble past his opponents or attempt a strike from outside the box, yet one of his strengths. He lost eight balls and never took risks in his passes. A poor performance which led Zidane to take him out of the field for Vinicius in the 65 ‘). ” Sport concluding: “The Belgian is definitely not at his best level. He had times where he left a mark of his great quality, but also long phases in which we absolutely do not see him interested in the game. “