PSG wins the Champions Trophy at the expense of OM

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Without shining, PSG won for the tenth time in its history the Champions Trophy, Wednesday in Lens, by winning against Olympique de Marseille (2-1). The winning goals were scored by Icardi and Neymar for PSG, against a goal from Payet at the end of the match.

Paris Saint Germain took revenge against OM (2-1) to win the Champions Trophy on Wednesday in Lens, the first title of the Mauricio Pochettino era.

If the rain brings luck to the bride and groom, then the union between “Poche” and PSG promises to be fruitful, in view of the downpours that fell during the evening.

The Argentinian technician, who arrived at the beginning of January, has perpetuated a house habit, with this 8e Trophy of consecutive champions which reassures a club lacking benchmarks this season.

Abused in the league, criticized for their sometimes tasteless game, the Parisians have found a semblance of normality, when they lift the 26e QSI era trophy started in 2011.

Their noisy collective celebration, which contrasted with the silence of the Bollaert stadium behind closed doors, spoke volumes about their relief.

Relaunching the steamroller was precisely the goal assigned to Pochettino who celebrated the first title of his coaching career alongside his loyal staff.

Beating the Marseille rival is all the more symbolic as the “Classico” lost at the Parc des Princes (1-0), four months ago, foreshadowed the complicated fall which was to be fatal to his predecessor Thomas Tuchel.

Payet late goalscorer

This time, his players mastered their subject and nerves, as requested by “Pocket” who made emotion control one of his first areas of work.

The bad memory of September swept away, the start of a general fight, the accusations of racist and homophobic insults, the five red cards. It remained a compact team, which left OM with little chance.

André Villas-Boas’ players were aiming for their first trophy since the 2012 League Cup.

But they lacked sharpness, like Florian Thauvin (54e), Duje Caleta-Car (59e) or Valentin Rongier (75e) who could have made the Parisians pay their average start in the second half, again.

The reduction of the score by Dimitri Payet (89e) came too late for a team that played their game to no avail during the five minutes of added time.

The Marseille clumsiness did the business of Pochettino, who was able to leave his superstar Neymar for an hour on the bench, back in the group a month after injuring an ankle.

“Ney” scored from a penalty (84e) provoked by Leandro Paredes and validated by video assistance (VAR), as if to remind that Paris was back.

Moreover, the PSG remembered in good memory the “fantastic four” that Tuchel aligned little, either because he preferred a more stable system, or because his superheroes were unavailable.

Icardi man of the match

Among them, Mauro Icardi, designated man of the match, impressed the most in Lens.

The “Goleador”, hampered by his adductors and his knee for four months, went on a second game with a goal, after that against Brest on Saturday (3-0), for the first time this season.

On a Di Maria cross, he beat Steve Mandanda in two strokes (39e), after the Marseille goalkeeper stopped his head.

The former Inter had a double ball, but his powerful strike, after a counter initiated by Mbappé, found the crossbar (45e+2).

“Kyky” saw his goal canceled for an offside (29e). He will have another chance to score in a “Clasico” on February 7th, at the Vélodrome, a week before the 8th.e first leg of the Champions League at FC Barcelona: the match that will say if, really, PSG has found the makings of a champion.

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four months after a stormy PSG-OM, “much more than a Clasico”

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Four months after a “Clasico” won by OM but marked by mutual accusations of racism and homophobia, PSG and OM meet on Wednesday for the Champions Trophy. The opportunity for the new Parisian coach Mauricio Pochettino to launch his mandate.

In the land of the settlements, despite the camera and the winter temperatures, the atmosphere will be hot Wednesday January 13 on the lawn for the Champions Trophy between PSG and OM. The capital club have revenge to take on their rival Marseille after their first defeat in nine years in the “Clasico” in September after a heated match.

It is “much more than a Clasico”, notes Wednesday the daily Le Parisien, evoking the bad memory of September 13th. Provence, for its part, is on “the revenge” in the front page of the newspaper.

“Things that must not happen in football”

Five red cards, the start of a general fight, accusations of racist and homophobic insults, a spitting from Angel di Maria towards Alvaro Gonzalez … On September 13, in a match counting for the third day, the two rivals of the French football parted in a deleterious atmosphere.

“Things have happened which should not happen in football,” said Parisian goalkeeper Keylor Navas, not to mention revenge.

The match ended above all with Marseille’s first victory in a “Clasico” (1-0) for nine years and the first victory at the Parc des Princes in over a decade. The result proved that OM are now looking their rivals straight in the eye and the match should be open, especially as Paris, the seven-time defending champion, is in the midst of work, since the replacement on the bench of Thomas Tuchel by Mauricio Pochettino during the winter break.

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“It’s a matter of pride”

“It’s special, against a rival club. The most important thing is to win. It’s also a question of pride,” said the Parisian coach, who has played six as a player, for three wins and two defeats, between 2001 and 2003.

Winner of the last seven editions of the Champions Trophy, PSG is going through a period of reconstruction under the leadership of “Poche”, who is looking for the right strategy to “win in style”.

Neymar’s return, available after a month’s absence due to an ankle injury, is good news for the spectacular football he has promised, but he has no margin: his team have just completed his worst league leg in four years.

Pochettino must absolutely win to launch his mandate … and open his record as a coach, he who has won nothing during his stints at Espanyol Barcelona, ​​Southampton and Tottenham.

A first trophy for OM?

“The norm is that PSG wins all national competitions. So we don’t have this pressure to be forced to win. It’s not OM’s fault, it’s the reality of the championship the most unbalanced in the world “, assured Marseille coach André Villas-Boas, to sweep away growing expectations around a first OM trophy since the 2012 League Cup.

But since his signing in 2019, the Portuguese has exploded the barriers one by one: it was he who brought OM back to the Champions League after seven years of absence and who led him to his first L1 podium. since 2013.

All that’s missing is a trophy for the charismatic technician, who is reflecting on the follow-up to his contract expiring in June 2021.

“The victory at the Park can serve as inspiration. Winning a trophy is important for OM and especially when it is against PSG. It’s an opportunity,” admits the Portuguese coach.

Villas-Boas will be able to count on his rookie Pol Lirola, the Spanish right-back loaned Tuesday by Fiorentina until the end of the season.

However, confidence at the start of the season has crumbled over a failed Champions League campaign, which ended in last place in the group. The Marseillais have also won only one of their last five league games.

Pochettino wants to get started, Marseille to relaunch … Le 99e “Clasico” of History promises.

With AFP


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OL champion in the fall, first success for PSG Pocchetino

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The 19th and last day of the first leg of the French football championship allowed Olympique Lyonnais to be crowned “autumn champion” on Saturday and the new coach of Paris Saint-Germain to obtain his first victory.

Lyon fall champion! Led 2-0 in Rennes, the leader of Ligue 1 snatched an unexpected draw (2-2), Saturday, January 9, to take the lead at mid-championship, just in front of Paris SG of Mauricio Pochettino, scorer of Brest (3 -0), and Lille, winner in Nîmes (1-0).

At the end of the first leg, the boss is Lyon: OL survived a badly started evening at Roazhon Park, winning the honorary title of autumn champion for the first time since the 2008-2009 season. .

While Rennes led thanks to Clément Grenier (20th) and Benjamin Bourigeaud (55th), OL saved their unbeaten streak established since mid-September thanks to Memphis Depay, scorer of a splendid sequence (79th) then passer for Jason Denayer (82nd).

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This rewards the mental strength of the Lyonnais, who can continue to believe in their destiny in this L1.

“We have shown that we have a lot of resources,” said Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes. “We are a club with a lot of ambition, which deserves to be in its place.”

  • Pochettino, successful return

Mauricio Pochettino returned to the Parc des Princes with a victory: more than 17 years after having stepped on the Parisian lawn for the last time in the jersey of PSG, the Argentinian managed his comeback, clinching his first victory against Brest on the bench of his new club.

Still deprived of many executives including the superstar Neymar (recovery), “Poch” has renewed the same eleven as in Saint-Etienne (1-1), with the exception of Thilo Kehrer positive for Covid-19. And he was rewarded: from the 16th minute, Moise Kean threw himself in to open the scoring with a plunging header (16th).

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Then, the returning Mauro Icardi, back from injury, sharpened the competition at the center-forward position with a flat foot on an offering from Kylian Mbappé (81st), before being himself a decisive passer for Pablo Sarabia (83rd).

This large score is flattering for Paris, a little jostled by the Brestois, but allows Pochettino to launch his mandate, four days away from seeking the first trophy of his young coaching career: PSG will challenge Marseille next Wednesday in the Champions Trophy .

In the meantime, Paris (2nd, 39 pts) remains in ambush in L1, one point behind Lyon and tied with Lille (3rd), who tamed the red lantern Nîmes 1-0 thanks to Burak Yilmaz.

  • Marseille patina, Monaco grapples

Behind this trio, OM (6th, 32 pts) begins to fall despite their two late matches to play: the Marseillais could not do better than a 0-0 draw in Dijon, while Dimitri Payet was still substitute at kick-off.

“I hope that it will not affect us too much. But it is indeed two lost points,” railed Marseille coach André Villas-Boas, worried before the Champions Trophy against PSG.

Conversely, Monaco (4th, 33 pts) overtook Rennes (5th, 32 pts) and OM thanks to a large 3-0 victory against Angers.

Montpellier (8th, 28 pts), him, does not advance any more. The MHSC was slowed down by Nantes (1-1), which confirms its solidity regained under the orders of its new coach Raymond Domenech: two draws in two matches.

  • Bordeaux sinks Lorient, Saint-Etienne dark

In Bordeaux, the Girondins (10th, 26 pts) were still deprived of their playing master Hatem Ben Arfa but Rémi Oudin played the saviors against Lorient (2-1) with a brace (13th, 42nd), despite the equalizer of Terem Moffi (23rd).

At the bottom of the table, the series of invincibility of Saint-Étienne (seven consecutive games, including six draws) ended in Reims (3-1) with in particular a double from Boulaye Dia (12th from the penalty spot, 37th).

Enough to allow the Reims center-forward, highly coveted in this transfer window, to equalize with Mbappé in the scorers classification with 12 goals. What also allow Reims, undefeated for five matches, to move up to 14th place (21 pts), ahead of Strasbourg (15th, 20 pts), winner in Lens 1-0 on a goal by Habib Diallo in the thick fog artesian.

Finally, Metz and Nice neutralized 1-1, an improbable gag goal from John Boye (80th) having responded to Amine Gouiri from the penalty spot (18th).

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defeated by Manchester City, OM will not be transferred to the Europa League

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Marseille lost on Wednesday at Manchester City. A 3-0 defeat which deprives the Marseille club of a draft in the Europa League. In Group D, Atalanta Bergamo beat Ajax Amsterdam to advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

No Europa League for OM. Marseille can harbor regrets after their defeat Wednesday, December 9 against Manchester City. It deprives the club of a third place synonymous with repayment in the Europa League. This fails at Olympiakos, yet defeated 2-0 on their lawn by Porto. Inter Milan, held in check by Donetsk, are also eliminated.

• Group C: Marseille can harbor regrets

OM will never have possession in their match against Manchester City. However, the Citizens remain harmless against the defensive organization of the Phocéens and regularly come up against an excellent Steve Mandanda. Against the course of the game, Dimitri Payet, served by Sanson, thinks of opening the scoring with a strike with the flat of the right foot. But the Marseillais is logically signaled offside (30e). Logically, it is OM who are showing themselves to be the most dangerous at the end of half-time. Germain (41e), then Sanson (42e), successively try their luck against a feverish Mancunian defense at the end of the first period.

The return of the locker room, however, will shower the hopes of Marseille with a Christmas miracle. Shifted to the right, Mahrez hits and then goes into the area. He slips the ball to Torres who concludes from the right (48e, 1-0). Sergio Agüero then takes care of finishing the job (76e, 2-0). Sterling – or is it a home goal from Alvaro? – complete the defeat with an opportunistic goal (90th, 3-0).

Defeated on a severe score, the Marseillais can feed regrets. A single goal would have allowed them to be drafted in the Europa League, given that Porto went to win in Piraeus against Olympiakos in the other group C game. OM just need to focus on the championship, as his trainer André Villas-Boas wanted.

• Group A: Atlético Madrid in the round of 16, Salzburg in the Europa League

Atlético Madrid qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League thanks to their 2-0 victory over Red Bull Salzburg in Austria. Thanks to this success, sealed by goals from Mario Hermoso and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco, Diego Simone’s men finished in second place in Group A behind Bayern Munich.

The Madrilenians will therefore find the eighth, them who had been eliminated in the quarterfinals of the “Final 8” of the last Champions League in August. Third in the group, Salzburg will be transferred to the Europa League.

In the other meeting of the group, which was without accounting stake, Bayern Munich (1st) defeated Lokomotiv Moscow, last of the group, 2-0 on goals from Niklas Süle (63rd) and former Parisian Eric- Maxim Choupo-Moting (80th)

• Group B: Mönchengladbach qualified, Inter eliminated

Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid advanced to the knockout stages of the Champions League with a clear 2-0 victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach on Wednesday in Madrid in Matchday 6.

Karim Benzéma, author of a double from the head (9th and 32nd) allows the Madrilenians to finish first in group B in front of Borussia Monchengladbach, also qualified for the knockout phase of the Champions League.

Inter Milan, for their part, were held in check on their own lawn by Shaktar Donetsk (0-0). This draw, after a tense match, does not do the business of Shakthar Donetsk, also eliminated from the C1. But the Ukrainians will be able to console themselves in the Europa League, while the European season of Inter Milan, good last, stops this December.

• Group D: Atalanta qualifies at the expense of Ajax Amsterdam

Liverpool, already qualified and assured of first place in group D at the end of this 6e and last day, fought to save the furniture Wednesday against Midtjylland, Danish little thumb already eliminated, in a meeting punctuated by recourse to video arbitration. During this apparently unbalanced poster, the Danish champions went to grab a second point after a draw snatched in Bergamo last week.

With 13 points, Liverpool are two points ahead of the Italians who won in Amsterdam 1-0 over Ajax who finished third in the group and will have to console themselves with the Europa League.

With AFP