against Manchester United, PSG wants to exorcise its old demons

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For its first Champions League match of the season, Tuesday, PSG will find an old rival. A year and a half after the humiliating elimination in the round of 16, the Parisians face Manchester United again. Thomas Tuchel’s men will try to make people forget this painful memory.

A nightmare. On March 6, 2019, at the Parc des Princes, PSG suffered one of its most humiliating defeats. In the round of 16 second leg of the Champions League, the Parisians once again let the qualification for the quarters slip by conceding an improbable defeat at home (1-3) against Manchester United, after clearly winning (0-2) the first leg .

A season later, the Ile-de-France club finds the Mancuniens for its first group match of the Champions League. The reception of Manchester United on Tuesday 20 October will be an opportunity to show that the injury is closed, for Thomas Tuchel and for the 11 players of the current squad who were on the scoresheet that day.

“Our goal, everyone knows it. We want to win every game. (Against Manchester) some will think of taking their revenge, others will forget … It’s another game, totally different from the last time” , however moderated Captain Marquinhos just after the draw that placed Parisiens and Red Devils together in Group H.

Manchester without Cavani

On the Manchester side, the excitement is also at its peak. Frenchman Paul Pogba is impatiently awaiting this confrontation. “I already hope that I will play, for sure it will be a game to watch, expected by everyone. Because given the history of the last game against PSG, and of course the transfer of Edinson, I think it will be a game to watch and very interesting, “said the world champion, referring to the recent signing of Edinson Cavani to Manchester United after his free departure from PSG.

After his fortnight, the latter had started training with his new teammates on Sunday, but he was finally judged too fair by his coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Uruguayan, who has not played in an official match for more than seven months, has therefore not taken the plane to Paris and will not be on the lawn of the Parc des Princes to play against his former teammates. At his best, he would have been useful to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who, despite the enormous attacking potential of his team with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes, is still looking to mark his territory, two weeks after the rouste received at home in the league against Tottenham (6-1).

Cast out old demons

In March 2019, against the Red Devils who had nothing diabolical, Thomas Tuchel’s men had multiplied the blunders, including a penalty in added time caused by defender Presnel Kimpembe, guilty of having countered a ball with the arm . “That’s life, but it hurt me,” said the central defender a year ago. “It’s a moment we will never forget in our lives and our careers. But we have to move forward.”

During this meeting, several errors had symbolized the mental bankruptcy of Thomas Tuchel’s team against that of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, yet deprived of many executives. A failed back pass from Thilo Kehrer had allowed Romelu Lukaku to open the entry scoring for “ManU”, then a scramble from the venerable Gianluigi Buffon on a long shot from Marcus Rashford had given the Belgian striker a brace . It is the same Rashford who then transformed the 3-1 penalty in stoppage time, synonymous with the elimination of the Parisians by virtue of away goals.

A year and a half later, PSG may have averted bad luck. His journey in the unprecedented “Final 8” in Lisbon in August, until the final lost 1-0 against Bayern Munich, seems to show that the champion of France has broken his glass ceiling. In 2020, the “remoradas” were to the advantage of the Parisians, against Borussia Dortmund (1-2, 2-0) in the eighth then Atalanta Bergamo (2-1 with two goals in the last minutes) in the quarters , played in a single match on neutral ground, pandemic obliges.

A diminished Parisian workforce

But the capital team appears however diminished before this first shock of the Champions League. Due to injuries and the coronavirus, several executives are guaranteed to miss the resumption of European competition.

If Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that star striker Neymar will indeed be on the scoresheet, the same will not be true for Marco Verratti and Leandro Paredes. According to Le Parisien, the PSG midfielder will be forfeited due to a thigh injury contracted with the Italian selection, while the Argentinian was hit in the hamstrings against Nîmes. These packages are added to those of Juan Bernat, victim of a rupture of the cruciate ligaments on September 16 against Metz, of Mauro Icardi, affected in the internal ligament of a knee and of Thilo Kehrer. But Angel Di Maria will be on the pitch for this match against his former team. Suspended in Ligue 1 after spitting, his sanction does not apply in the Champions League.

In any case, the shock against Manchester United, the most formidable opponent in its group with RB Leipzig, will say a lot about PSG’s ability to reach the Grail this season. This poster will also determine the tone for the rest of the calendar, before two trips in two weeks, to Istanbul against Basaksehir, then to Germany.

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Barça and Real fall, Lille new leader

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Real Madrid, leaders of the Spanish league, and Barça lost for the first time this season (1-0) on Saturday against Cadiz and Getafe. In France, Lille took the lead in the standings ahead of PSG.

  • League : a first setback for Real and Barça

Real Madrid, leaders of the Spanish league, lost their first match of the season, Saturday, October 17, at home against Cadiz (1-0). Zinédine Zidane tried to change everything at half-time, with four changes at once, but nothing worked: Real were powerless against the Andalusians in this 6e championship day, 5e match only for Real (1is, 10 pts, one game less). FC Barcelona did not take advantage of this defeat. The Catalans themselves lost in Getafe (1-0) and also signed their first defeat of the season. French Barça striker Antoine Griezmann was disappointing again, notably missing a golden face-to-face at the half-hour mark, which could have changed the course of the match. Lionel Messi also missed a huge opportunity in added time, hitting side after a surrender from Gerard Pique.

The big winner of the weekend is Atlético Madrid, winner at Celta Vigo 2-0, thanks in particular to a goal by his flagship rookie Luis Suarez, his 150e in 195 La Liga appearances. Diego Simeone’s team are now two points behind Real with one game less. Real Sociedad and Villarreal, winners respectively of Betis Seville (3-0) and Valencia (2-1), for their part took the lead in the Spanish league on Sunday. With eleven points on the clock, the two new leaders are one length ahead of Real Madrid, Getafe, Cadiz and Granada. Real, Getafe and Granada, however, have one game less.

  • Premier League : Aston Villa on its momentum, Tottenham collapses

Aston Villa retained its perfect record by going to win late in Leicester (1-0), Sunday, October 18, for the 5e Premier League day. With 12 points in four matches, they have one game less, against Manchester City, the Villans are back one length of Everton, held in check by Liverpool (2-2), while Leicester retrograde to 4e rank behind the Reds. For its part, Tottenham missed a great opportunity to temporarily take a place on the podium by squandering a three-goal advantage against West Ham (3-3). With 8 points, the Spurs must be satisfied with the 6e place and see their evening opponents come back to a length (8e). The duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-min had yet made his number in the first act, the Korean opening the scoring on an opening of the English from the first minute (1-0). The England center forward then added a brace which gave Tottenham a very comfortable lead as the first quarter of an hour had just ended (2-0, 8e and 3-0, 16e). But Londoners ended up collapsing between the 82e and 94e minute, leaving their coach José Mourinho as sounded after the game.

  • Bundesliga : Bayern ensures

Bayern Munich continued their momentum in the German league. The recent European champions beat the promoted Arminia Bielefeld (4-1) thanks to the doubles of Müller and Lewandowski. This success for the Bavarians allows them to move up to second place in the standings, one point behind Leipzig. At the same time, Mönchengladbach and Wolfsburg parted with a score of 1-1. Eintracht Frankfurt, meanwhile, missed the opportunity to stay ahead of the Bundesliga with Leipzig, conceding a 1-1 draw in Cologne on Sunday. Schalke scored his first point Sunday after four days, pulling a draw at home against Union Berlin (1-1), without stopping a descent into hell that began last season.

  • A league : Juve patinas

Barely cured of Covid-19, the hungry Zlatan Ibrahimovic offered the Milan derby on Saturday to AC Milan (2-1), now the only leader of Serie A after the defeat of Atalanta Bergamo against an impressive team of Naples (4-1). Juventus, three days before his Champions League debut against Dynamo Kiev, gave up two points on Saturday at the promoted Crotone (1-1), red lantern before this match. Without Cristiano Ronaldo, in quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus earlier this week, Juventus has complicated its task. She played for half an hour to ten after the exclusion of Federico Chiesa, the last-minute rookie in the transfer window, for his very first match with the Bianconeri. The Old Lady is in fourth place in the championship. Sassuolo, however, displays an insolent form, after taking only second place in the championship on Sunday by reversing a compromised situation in Bologna (4-3). In the evening, AS Roma concluded the festival of goals by dominating the Benevento of “Pippo” Inzaghi (5-2), thanks to a brace from their captain Dzeko and goals from Pedro, Veretout and Pérez.

  • League 1 : Lille as leader, Lyon finally victorious

Lille crushed (4-0) their great rival Lens, who finished the match at nine, and seized the lead of Ligue 1, Sunday at the end of the 7e day. Lille, still unbeaten with five successes and two draws, are in the leader’s chair with 17 points, two more than PSG and Rennes. The Parisians, yet very reduced five days from the reception of Manchester United in the Champions League, had won in Nîmes 4-0 Friday night. Faced with Nîmes (13th) reduced to ten after only 13 minutes of play following the exclusion of Landre for a fault on Rafinha, which was the first appearance in the Paris jersey, the team of Thomas Tuchel l ‘won thanks to a double from Mbappé (32e, 83e), in great shape, and two other goals from Florenzi (78e) and Sarabia (88e). Lyon also offered a breath of fresh air. After five matches without winning (4 draws, 1 loss), Rudi Garcia’s team finally returned to success on Sunday in Strasbourg (2-3). In a frenzied meeting, OL led 3-0 thanks to Tino Kadewere (12e) then a double from Karl Toko Ekambi (25e, 42e), and three assists from Memphis Depay. But Strasbourg reduced the mark with Habib Diallo (43e) and Jean-Eudes Aholou (55e) before pushing the Lyonnais into their entrenchments. Anyway, the Gones go back to the 9e rang (10 pts).

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This is how the transfer market closes: Barcelona confirms departures, Premier League bombshell and madness in Paris and Munich – Diez

Welcome! This Monday the transfer market closed in the main leagues in Europe and Barcelona announced more casualties. Bayern Munich and PSG took out the checkbook at the last minute and Juventus, Inter and Manchester United confirmed reinforcements. Real Madrid breaks away from another footballer.

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Rafinha goes to PSG: the ‘absurd’ amount they will pay Barcelona for his signing – Ten

Rafinha will leave the FC Barcelona after not entering into the plans Ronald Koeman and will travel to Paris to finalize his signing for the PSG.

This is how PSG works in the Ligue 1 position table

The midfielder goes practically free to the French team, which will pay three million in variables. Of course, Barça keeps 35% of a future sale.

As you advance Brand, the agreement is pending the medical examination that will have to pass in the French capital.

Negotiations began this morning, although the player’s idea was to stay in the Barcelona at least until the next market that will start in January.

Rafinha would not have received any interesting offers until it appeared on the last day of the transfer market via del PSG.

Koeman finally admits the signing he wants for Barcelona

The agreement does not meet the expectations of the Barça team that had set a clause of 16 million euros for the departure of the Spanish.

It is worth mentioning that the Celta Vigo was willing to pay the midfielder’s chip, but it did not reach the amount stipulated by the Barcelona, so he refused to negotiate.

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Manchester United and Liverpool corrected, PSG is replacing

It was not a weekend for the goalkeepers on several European football pitches. Manchester United and Liverpool have been sinking in the Premier League, PSG have taken a breather against Angers, and Robert Lewandowski has scored a winning quadruple for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Without forgetting Atalanta in Serie A, author of 13 goals in three matches.

  • Ligue 1: PSG is replaced, an “Olympico” without a winner

Paris Saint-Germain’s two defeats in their first two Ligue 1 matches are now a distant memory. Since then, the capital club has recovered its key players and has a series of victories, four with that of this weekend. PSG corrected Angers (6-1) on Friday at the Parc des Princes and is now 4th, two points behind the leader, Rennes, held in check Sunday by Reims (2-2). LOSC (2nd) and RC Lens (3rd) – who face each other in two weeks – complete the podium for this 6th day, respectively winners of RC Strasbourg (0-3) and AS Saint-Étienne (2- 0).

The ”Olympico” on Sunday evening ended in a draw between Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique de Marseille (1-1). Quickly reduced to ten after the expulsion of Dimitri Payet (19th), OM managed to manage the score without breaking down, while OL failed to realize their multiple opportunities to take the three points. A result that does not suit anyone: the two clubs point, Monday, October 5, in 10th and 14th place in the standings.

  • Premier League: humiliation at Old Trafford, Liverpool “loses the thread”

Manchester United and Liverpool Reds fans have had a nightmarish weekend, with their squad sinking. It was first the Red Devils who collapsed on Sunday at home at Old Trafford against Tottenham (1-6). A correction inflicted by the players of the “Special One”, José Mourinho, who has also already been… the coach of Manchester United.

Red Devils forward Marcus Rashford apologized to fans after the game. “I’m just sorry. You deserve so much better than that,” he wrote on Twitter in particular.

A little later, it was Liverpool’s turn to crash against Aston Villa, losing 7-2. The reigning English champion was never quite able to reverse the scenario despite a brace from star striker Mohamed Salah, and conceded his first defeat of the season in four matches played. “Our reaction (after the first goal) was not good, we lost the thread,” regretted after the meeting Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp.

Leicester also conceded their first defeat at home to West Ham (0-3), leaving the field open to Everton (4-2 winner from Brighton) who are now alone at the top of the Premier League after the fourth day.

  • Bundesliga: “Lewangoalski” strikes again

Only two weeks after the resumption of the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich players already seem tired from their uninterrupted summer, where they followed the end of the 2019-2020 German championship and the Champions League. Despite a shortened physical preparation, they managed to get the better of Hertha Berlin on Sunday by winning 4-3. To do this, they were once again able to count on their Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, author of a quadruple – including a last goal scored on a penalty in the 93rd minute synonymous with victory.

Bayern, after three days, are in 4th place behind RB Leipzig (1st), Augsburg (2nd) and Eintracht Frankfurt (3rd). “Our preparation was short, we run from one match to another “, explained Bavarian club coach Hansi Flick,” we saw that not everyone is 100%. But what made me happy is the state of mind we have shown “.

Borussia Dortmund, another favorite in the Bundesliga, dominated Freiburg (4-0). It is Monday, like Bayern Munich, at the foot of the podium.

  • Serie A: Atalanta Bergamo continues, controversy between Naples and Juve

The best attack of the last Italian league (98 goals scored) starts the 2020 – 2021 season on the same basis. In three days, Atalanta Bergamo have won three times and scored 13 goals, including five this weekend against Cagliari. The Bergamo players logically point to first place in Serie A, for the moment ahead of AC Milan (3-0 winner of La Spezia) on goal difference.

The meeting between Juventus and Napoli, which ultimately did not take place, was the event of the weekend in Serie A against the backdrop of Covid-19. Due to two cases of infected players, the Neapolitan club did not honor, on Sunday, his trip to Juventus Stadium, ensuring that they did not have permission from the health authorities of the Campania region. But at the time of the kick-off – maintained by the Italian sports authorities in accordance with UEFA’s health protocol – the Juve players were there, the referees too and even a handful of supporters. In this story, where several health measures seem contradictory, Naples risks a 3-0 defeat on the green carpet.

  • Liga: Real Madrid leading, Barça held in check

Real Madrid have returned to the top of La Liga. For the first time since the start of the season, the reigning Spanish champion regained the leader’s chair by overpowering Levante (2-0) on Sunday, thanks to goals from Vinicius (16th) and Benzema (95th).

The Merengue relegate FC Barcelona to three lengths, held in check by Sevilla (1-1). “We suffered in this match, but you had to suffer to win,” commented Madrid coach Zinédine Zidane. “It’s been three wins and one draw in four matches, what more could you ask for?”

Barça, at Camp Nou, also suffered but did not find the resources to win, showing at times the sad and worrying face of last season. Even if they are three points less than their rivals Madrid, the Blaugrana have, however, one game less on the clock at the end of this weekend.

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PSG, interested in Lisandro Martínez

Paris Saint-Germain It is one of the clubs that seeks to round out its roster in this market close. In that sense, Leonardo Nascimento de Araújo, sports director, would like to strengthen his axis, mainly.

Idrissa Gana Gueye Y Leandro Paredes They did not finish offering the desired consistency and they want to expand the cast. In the last hours there has been speculation since France with an exchange with Inter, Marcelo Brozovic for Paredes.

However, there is another option that appears on the table of PSG, as confirmed by Diario As. The Parisian club was interested in the situation of Lisandro Martínez in Ajax.

The 22-year-old Argentinian meets his second season at the Dutch club, with which he has a contract until 2023. The French team is also seduced by this idea, although it is not easy given the appreciation that Ajax has for the ex of Defense and Justice.

Martínez perfectly fits the profile that PSG is looking for and his versatility is highly appreciated. Signed, in principle, to replace Matthijs De Ligt, not only offers performance in the center of defense.

His position was advanced and consolidated in the midfield, but even also came to act as a left back, since where PSG now has the long-term leave of Juan Bernat and the sanction of Layvin Kurzawa.

In favor of the French team is the attractiveness at all levels of being part of their squad, and against are the few hours left for Ajax to moderate its possible exit in this end of the market.

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PSG finds Manchester United, Marseille inherits City

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Paris SG, finalists of the last Champions League, will face Manchester United again in the group stage of the 2020-21 edition, while Marseille will meet Manchester City, according to the draw made Thursday in Geneva. Lionel Messi’s FC Barcelona will face Juventus Turin.

Paris SG, finalist of the last Champions League, will find Manchester United, their executioner of the round of 16 in 2019, in the group stage of the 2020-21 edition, according to the draw made on Thursday 1is October in Geneva.

Neymar and Kylian Mbappé’s team did not fall on FC Barcelona, ​​but on Manchester United, whose last visit to the Parc des Princes, in March 2019, had been a nightmare for him.

In 8is of final return, a penalty in the stoppage time of Marcus Rashford (3-1) had offered a miraculous qualification to the “Red Devils”, beaten 2-0 in the first leg, and covered with humiliation the Parisians. PSG-Manchester United is also the return of the Blues Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial in their region of origin.

Reunion with RB Leipzig

His second opponent, RB Leipzig, evokes much better memories for coach Thomas Tuchel: it is the team he had swept away in the semi-final in August (3-0) in Lisbon. The Germans, where former Parisian Christopher Nkunku and French international Dayot Upamecano play, have a quick chance to get their revenge.

The last team in Group H, Istanbul Basaksehir, are new to the competition, but the club, known for their closeness to President Erdogan, won the last edition of the Turkish league.

Dense groups for OM and Rennes

Marseille will also have the right to matches of high emotional value in Group C: against FC Porto, the club at the heart of its coach André Villas-Boas, or Manchester City, where its former defender Benjamin Mendy plays.

OM can hope to grab a place for the 8is, behind that promised to the “Citizens” of Pep Guardiola, but he will also have to beat the Greeks of Olympiakos Piraeus, of his former playmaker Mathieu Valbuena.

Rennes, for its first participation, also feared the worst. But he inherited one of the most affordable seeds, Europa League winners Sevilla FC, as well as another novice, the Russians in Krasnodar.

Chelsea is, on paper, its most solid opponent, especially as the “Blues” managed a full transfer window, recruiting striker Timo Werner, former PSG captain Thiago Silva … as well as the former – Rennes keeper Édouard Mendy.

The Barça – Juventus shock

Lionel Messi’s FC Barcelona, ​​in search of redemption in the Champions League, will face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus Turin during a shock rich in Ballons d’Or.

The group G poster between the teammates of Messi, six times Ballon d’Or, and the partners of Ronaldo, five times winner of the prestigious individual trophy, is one of the main shocks of the draw made in Geneva, with also a confrontation between holding Bayern Munich and Atlético Madrid (group A).

The schedule of meetings will be unveiled on Friday. The first day of the group stage is scheduled for October 20-21.

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Di Maria suspended four games, the epilogue Neymar expected on September 30

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The disciplinary committee of the League (LFP) will judge on September 30 the accusations of racism around Neymar, a sensitive issue born from the stormy Classico between PSG and OM which also led, Wednesday, to the suspension of four matches of ‘Angel di Maria for spitting on an opponent.

More than ten days after its outcome on the pitch, Classico PSG-OM continues in front of the Professional Football League (LFP). The disciplinary commission of the LFP suspended four Angel di Maria matches for spitting on Wednesday, September 23, and announced that it will judge the accusations of racism around Neymar on September 30.

Not sanctioned during the meeting won by the Phocéens on September 13 (1-0), Di Maria was overtaken by television images, which convinced the disciplinary committee to summon him. The body imposed a suspension of four matches, while he risked up to six according to the reference scale of the French Football Federation (FFF). PSG can appeal this decision to the FFF.

His sanction taking effect on September 29, Di Maria can play Sunday in Reims in the Championship. But he will only be able to return to Ligue 1 during the weekend of November 8, for the reception of Rennes.

This long absence in L1 is a new blow for the Parisian coach Thomas Tuchel, who must deal with other suspended, injured and executives who return to the competition after having tested positive for Covid-19 in early September.

“We know that there was an exchange of words”

Di Maria is a staple of his system, one of the “Fantastic Four” alongside Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Mauro Icardi, who scored his first goal of the season in Nice last Sunday (3-0).

But Tuchel is perhaps not at the end of his sentences: the Electric Classico will experience a new episode, certainly the last, at the next meeting of the disciplinary committee, on September 30. The body will look into the racist remarks allegedly made by Alvaro towards Neymar, who claims to have been treated as a “monkey”.

“We know that there was an exchange of words. But today, the certainties are not sufficient to summon the players,” said the chairman of the disciplinary committee, Sébastien Deneux, on September 16. The body thus decided to take the next step, after a week of media fire and backfire, fueled by the media and the two clubs who ensure they have images supporting their position.

Lip reading experts consulted by the Brazilian channel TV Globo and the daily Le Parisien indicated in particular that Alvaro did say “mono” (“monkey” in Spanish) to Neymar.

Racist insult from Neymar to Hiroki Sakai?

OM responded by letting it be known that they had images of Neymar uttering a racist insult to Japanese Hiroki Sakai, a source close to the club told AFP on Tuesday. A Spanish channel also assured that “Ney” would have uttered homophobic insults against Alvaro, causing condemnations from the Rouge Direct collective, fighting against homophobia in sport.

“The investigation will reveal if there are other facts likely to lead to consequences on a disciplinary level,” said Sébastien Deneux.

The disciplinary regulations of the FFF provide for up to ten suspension matches for “racist or discriminatory behavior”.

The electric match of the third day has already given rise to a first round of sanctions, after a general fight in stoppage time which caused five red cards. Parisians Layvin Kurzawa (6 matches), Neymar (2 matches closed plus one suspended) and Leandro Paredes (2 matches closed plus one suspended) as well as Marseillais Jordan Amavi (3 matches) and Dario Benedetto (1 match) also scooped with suspensions according to their involvement in the clashes.

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