With two fine goals from Messi and Neymar, PSG beat Nantes and won the Supercoupe de France

* Messi 1-0, including dribbling

Paris Saint Germain launches the process that aims to reverse the irregular actions that the Argentine coach has dragged Mauricio Pochettino. with the French Christope Galtier sitting on the substitutes’ bench for the first time officially, the PSG begins his season with a title dispute: face Nantes for the coronation of the Supercup of France in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The first few minutes were a concert of the most powerful cast: he had 95% possession, but he also translated it into harassment and arrivals. He had chances to break through in some deep combinations, with Messi and Neymar as forwards (Mbappé was out due to an accumulation of yellow cards) and Vitinha and Verratti as drivers. Sarabia only lost a chance inside the box. And Marquinhos planted a shot on the crossbar.

Nantes had their minute of grace, between 17 and 18, when they came out of the seat and, taking advantage of the spaces behind the wingers and the cracks on the exit of PSG, had two chances. Simon lost it first, then Donnarumma blocked it against Blas’ mid-range shot.

But at 22 the Parisians broke the game. Messi, at 35, had scored the first goal of the pre-season. Yes He also signed the baptismal goal of the official competition: he ran a filtered ball which seemed to last a long time, dribbled in front of the goalkeeper and solved on the right..

The pace of the match slows down a bit after the conquest. Galtier’s cast tried to get their opponent out and, even with less momentum, continued to show tools to strike, especially when Vitinha showed personality to drive or when Messi lit up. At 39′, the chip allowed Neymar (offside?), who defined a deflection. THAT IS at 43, a moment when the Argentine got rid of three men and touched him with his left foot, but Lafont covered.

He too suffered: in the 40th, Guessand grabbed a cross from the left and kicked right into the fence, but Kimpembe narrowly annoyed him. However, at 45′, Neymar took charge of making a foul at the edge of the area which had been committed against him… And he nailed the ball at an angle, so that his team could rest more peacefully.

* Messi left the free kick to Neymar and the Brazilian did not forgive: 2-0

The tournament which opposes the last champion of Ligue 1 to the holder of the Coupe de France has for the second consecutive year the Bloomfield Stadium of Tel-Aviv as the meeting place, while it has already become customary for the first official title of the French season to take place outside the limits of this country, as has happened from 2009 onwards by Canada, Morocco, the United States, Gabon, China and Austria.

Around 30,000 tickets available for the duel were sold out a few days ago, although the detail that matters most to participating clubs, regardless of crown, is that They will pocket around 1 million euros each according to this definition in foreign lands, according to the newspaper The team.

It’s a special evening for PSG because it marks the start of a new process, but it will be much more so for Lionel Messiwho is responsible for continuing the 41st in his professional careera fact that would leave him one step away from Dani Alves, the greatest league winner in history who has just signed with the Pumas of Mexico. Of course, there is some debate over which 40 championships currently appear in Leo’s showcase, since some statistics do not include the Spanish Super Cup which Barcelona won in 2005. Regardless of that, the For money can continue to expand his impressive track record.

The captain of the Argentine team is from the first second in a team that features a line of three defenders with Sergio Ramos, Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe in the new regime that Galtier intends to apply. The detail is that the galactic trident cannot be complete, since Neymar will say present from the start but Kylian Mbappé could not be part of the delegation while dragging a sanction and his place is taken by the Spaniards Paul Sarabiawho returned from a loan for Portuguese football and convinced the coach during the tour to Japan.

The Portuguese midfielder is also on the pitch Vitinhaone of the three PSG reinforcements with the striker Hugo Equipment and the defender Nordi Mukiele. The striker did not travel to Israel with the delegation, but the former Leipzig player is on the bench as an option for the last line.

Although in the bench of substitutes there are also the Argentinians Mauro Icardi and Leandro Paredes, there is no certainty yet that they will continue at the club for the next few days. Galtier, who imposed a strict coexistence regime upon arrivalalready warned that he intends to reduce the workforce to around 24 professionals, including the guards.

The brand new DT has decided separates six digits from the group so far of the size of Layvin Kurzawa, Julian Draxler, Georginio Wijnaldum, Ander Herrera, Rafinha and Thilo Kehrer, but the debugging process wouldn’t stop there. Paredes and Icardi could leave in the short term, as well as Abdou Diallo, Idrissa Gueye and Danilo Pereira. All five will be on the substitute bench this Sunday. They had previously left the establishment xavier simons (PSV of the Netherlands), Alphonse Areole (West Ham in England), Colin grew up (on loan to Racing Club de Strasbourg) and Angel Di Maria (free for Juventus of Italy).

Galtier will take his first exam as PSG coach (Photo: Reuters)
Galtier will take his first exam as PSG coach (Photo: Reuters)

“Everyone is focused on the Champions League, but the first thing is to do everything to win the three titles. Last year, we didn’t win it,” said the brand new PSG coach ahead of the match, recalling that the club had just lost the Supercoupe de France last year against Lille for the first time. times for nine years.

Thanks to this series of consecutive victories between 2013 and 2020, Paris Saint Germain is the big winner of this trophy with 10 crowns followed by Olympique Lyon (8), Saint-Étienne and Stade de Reims (5). This erratic start to the Supercoupe de France was also the prelude to the complex season that Pochettino experienced at the club with a elimination in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France and the bitter defeat against Real Madrid in the round of 16 of the Champions League who ended up ejecting him from office despite his victory in Ligue 1.

The new process that began with the landing of Louis Fields in sports management, the hiring of Galtier as TD and the renewal of the contract of Mbappe will start testing themselves against a club that lifted the Coupe de France last season with victory over Nice after reaching the final of that competition for the first time in two decades.

The team that finished ninth in Ligue 1 and outside all international competitions signed the experienced midfielder Moussa Sissoko and also added the young striker Evann Guessand. Both would be from the start.

Beyond that, the main objective of PSG will be to fight in the Champions League which has just will draw its group stage on August 25you must first start with a smile in the local tournament which will begin on Saturday August 6 against Clermont as a visitor (from 16 years old).


Paris Saint Germain: Gianluigi Donnarumma; Sergio Ramos, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe; Achraf Hakimi, Marco Veratti, Vitor Ferreira, Nuno Mendes; Lionel Messi, Neymar and Pablo Sarabia. DT: Christophe Galtier.

Nantes: Alban Lafont; Nicolas Pallois, Andrei Girotto, Jean-Charles Castelletto; Marcus Coco; Moussa Sissoko, Denis Appiah; Moses Simons, Evann Guessand and Ludovic Blas. DT: Antoine Kombouaré.

Stadium: Bloomfield Stadium (Tel Aviv, Israel)

Arbitrator: Orel Grinfeeld (Israel)

television: ESPN


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