PSG and Messi, cover in Catalonia (and in Madrid too)

“Great players like Messi will always be on the PSG list.” That simple and forceful phrase of Leonardo, sports director of the PSG, left exposed a secret that everyone knew and again opened the debate about the continuity of Leo in Barcelona. And the newspapers of that city echoed such a statement.

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Both Sport and Mundo Deportivo, the most recognized publications of Catalonia and notoriously culés, they put on their cover the interest of the Parisian team for Messi. It is that for some time until the 10th defines his situation, that is the issue that reveals to Barcelona beyond who the new president is.

The Sport cover

The Sport cover

The first newspaper is clear on its cover: “PSG goes for Messi.” With the image of the Argentine head down after the defeat and expulsion against Athletic Bilbao, Sport also says that it is the first time that a protagonist recognizes his interest in having the best player in the world on his team.

Cover of Mundo Deportivo

Cover of Mundo Deportivo

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Meanwhile, Mundo Deportivo used a more colloquial language to announce that the French multi-champion wants Leo on his team. “PSG messes it up with Messi, “reads the front page of the newspaper, which also says that Leonardo seeks to seduce the Barcelona captain. Will Messi go to France?

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The Ace Diary about Leo.

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Ehe Diario AS, from Madrid, also put Messi on the cover, but not to refer to a possible exit to the team of Neymar and Ángel Di María, but rather talks about the hard fall by the Super Cup and anticipate that this Tuesday Leo’s sanction for the red will be known you saw at the game.


They found everything: Neymar and Álvaro González crossed paths ugly on Twitter

In a new edition of a historic rivalry in French football, Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille met in the Super Cup. PSG won 2-1 and was crowned champion with Mauricio Pochettino on the bench, but not everything was there.

There was also a particular rivalry that already has several chapters, between Neymar Jr. and Álvaro González. At the time, the Brazilian star accused the Spaniard of being a racist in the middle of a match and the controversy exploded.

Video | The moment when Álvaro González insulted Neymar came to light

Now, after a new and frictionless encounter, Ney dedicated the victory to the defender, who was not silent and gave a round trip via Twitter. Transcription

N: Rey, Álvaro, right? -trew the end next to a celebratory image

A: My parents always taught me how to take out the trash. Long live Olympique always -he answered next to a photo grabbing his head in a play of the match.

N: And they forgot how to win titles -he answered laughing

A: You are the eternal shadow of the King – he replied next to an image of Pelé with the three world cups he won.

N: And you mine. I made you famous … you’re welcome, freak


France: Neymar and Álvaro crossed paths again in the networks

They say that time heals everything, but apparently the itch between Neymar and Alvaro Gonzalez is the exception. It is that both players crossed paths again on social networks after PSG beat Marsella Olympic by 2-1 and will keep the French Super Cup for the eighth time in a row.

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Unlike last year, when the defender was accused of alleged racism in Ligue1 and even received death threats, the Brazilian started the brawl on Twitter challenging his colleague. “Álvaro king of what?“, reads the letter of the ex-Barcelona, ​​who had thousands of interactions.

PSG won the French Super Cup: Neymar and Álvaro González crossed paths again in the networks

To which the Spaniard replied: “My parents taught me to take out the garbage on the street“, with a photo of the meeting in which he is seen grabbing the head of the forward, which raised the temperature in this round trip.

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But the pike followed with one more round. “And you forgot how to win titles“, Neymar replied, while Álvaro defended himself:”You will be in the eternal shadow of the king (Pele)”.

PSG won the French Super Cup: Neymar and Álvaro González crossed paths again in the networks

At dawn, Neymar again attacked Álvaro, this time, with a mocking tone: “And you to mine, it made you famous … nothing freak”.

PSG won the French Super Cup: Neymar and Álvaro González crossed paths again in the networks

The truth is that the first clash they staged on the court led to a long investigation that included analysis of images and testimonial statements, although without penalties. Now, the story could have a new chapter in just three weeks, as both players will meet again at the Olympique de Marseille stadium for the 24th date of Ligue 1.

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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.

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PSG: Keylor Navas received a message from Mauricio Pochettino at a press conference

Keylor Navas since his arrival at PSG has earned a place on the team. A born winner, shining in the Real Madrid lifting three European Cups in a row, now it was the turn to stand out in the Parisian team and in his first season, in addition to winning everything at the local level, he reached a new final of UEFA Champions League.

At the beginning of a new season, the PSG board made the decision a few days ago to split the contract Thomas Tuchel to hire the Argentine Mauricio Pochettino as your new coach. Although the German strategist was able to lift six titles with the team, in addition to taking them to a final of Champions, the performance of the Parisian team was not the best and the determination was made to change course on the bench.

Message from Pochettino to Keylor

During the preview of the French Super Cup between PSG against Olympique de Marseille, Mauricio Pochettino participated in a press conference and had some words to Keylor Navas. Taking into account that there have been many rumors about a possible hiring of a new goalkeeper for the Parisian team that could lead to the departure of the Central American goalkeeper.

“We know the importance of this game for the fans and the importance of winning it. Keylor Navas is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, the truth is that he is a great professional”, commented Mauricio Pochettino at a press conference of PSG referring to the Costa Rican goalkeeper.

With this new title opportunity for the PSG, Keylor Navas will try to demonstrate once again all his talent to continue to earn the trust of Mauricio PochettinoAlthough it is clear that the Central American goalkeeper has nothing to prove. Its quality and track record speaks for itself.

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Does Neymar renew with PSG?

The Brazilian crack Neymar He wants to continue at Paris Saint Germain in France and the talks to extend his contract, which ends in June next year, are well under way, according to a sports magazine in his country today.

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The magazine Esporte Interactivo maintains that Neymar’s relations with his compatriot Leonardo, PSG sports director, are now calmer after the strong disagreement that both had in the summer of 2019 when the star was close to returning to Barcelona.

However, the Brazilian today is evaluating a new proposal made by the Paris club, whose first team has been led by Argentine Mauricio Pochettino for a week.

Taking into account the difficulties you are encountering when ensuring the continuity of Kylian Mbappé -which also ends his contract in June 2022 and could go to Real Madrid-, PSG is willing to put “everything” to retain Neymar.

According to Esporte Interactivo, in the coming days the French club will make a new proposal to Neymar to assess the offer and continue playing for the Parisian club.


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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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Mauricio Pochettino’s truth about Neymar’s absence: “We’ll see how he evolves in the coming days”

For a new date of Ligue 1 in France, PSG beat Stade Brestois 3-0 at home and was one point behind the leader Lyon. It was Mauricio Pochettino’s first victory since he was coach of the French club.

Moise Kean, Mauro Icardi (returned after injury) and Pablo Sarabia they scored the goals for the Parisian team, who had Ángel Di María from the start, while Leandro Paredes was not called up.

Another who was not this afternoon was Neymar. The Brazilian still had no minutes since the arrival of Pochettino as coach, although could reappear in the clash of next January 13 against Olympique de Marseille for the French Super Cup.

However, the Argentine coach preferred to remain calm and not confirm the presence of Neymar: “We do not know yet, we will see in the coming days how the situation evolves for each player recovering. We will make a decision together“.

Of course it is a very special match for Paris and for me too. Against Marseille, we hope to play a good game, to arrive in the best possible conditions to be competitive. And of course, as always when we are PSG, you have to win “, closed Pochettino. Will Neymar arrive?