Paris Saint Germain (PSG) begins its journey in Ligue 1 by visiting Clermont. With Lionel Messi there Neymar start, but without Kylian Mbappethose of Christophe Galtier begin the defense of the title with the telecast of ESPN.
The visiting team needed less than 10 minutes to take the lead and did so after a good collective move that was broken when Nuno Mendes fled from the left a pass into space for the surprise appearance of Paul Sarabia. The Spaniard reached the bottom, raised his head and looked for Messi with the cross behind. The number 30 couldn’t dominate properly but, accidentally, he assisted Neymar into controlling and shaking him from a right cross.
*Hakimi made it 2-0
At 26 minutes came the second. Messi there Neymar were again the protagonists of a quick counterattack that ended with the former Santos giving a long pass to his partner whom he could not reach and who appeared from behind was Judgein pure power, to finish strong from the right at the first post and put the 2 to 0.
If you shine, team Galtier got a comfortable early lead. With obvious shortcomings in the bottom exits, the PSG He was able to take advantage of the attacking partnership of the two former Barcelona players to destroy his opponent’s defensive lines and celebrate almost without breaking a sweat.
The third goal of PSG arrived at 38 minutes, in an aprada ball that Neymar raised at the far post for the sole entry of marquinhos. The captain didn’t miss his header and took advantage of the defensive distraction of the Clermont to enlarge the marker.
*The 3-0 was by Mrquinhos
El PSG, that started the season on the right foot by beating Nantes 4-0 in the Trophée des Champions finalis undergoing a complete overhaul after the arrival of Luis Campos as the club’s new football manager and the appointment of Galtier to replace Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino to take on the position of diving technical director.
PSG have a weight loss within their constellation of stars, since Kylian Mbappé was dismissed from the appeal produced by an annoyance in both adductors. The France team striker will undergo tests in the coming hours to check the degree of his injury. Thus, his vacant place in the offensive is occupied by Pablo Sarabia, who is accompanied by Lionel Messi and the Brazilian Neymar.
The new coach is committed to a scheme of three defenders (Sergio Ramos, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe) accompanied by Achraf Hakimi and Nuno Mendes on the wings. The center of the pitch will be shared between Italian Marco Verratti and Portuguese Vitinha (one of the additions) and Gianluigi Donnarumma beat Costa Rican Keylor Navas to be the starting goalkeeper.
The team in the French capital are also looking to reduce their squad and have drawn up a list of expendables, which have been left out: Ander Herrera, Kurzawa, Julian Draxler, Rafinha, Thilo Kehrer, Georginio Wijnaldum (he ended up in Rome) . Idrissa Guaye (close to Everton) and Mauro Icardi do not appear either (the European press assumes that he was ruled out for this match due to personal problems).
In addition to Wijnaldum, PSG sold goalkeepers Alphonse Areola (West Ham) and Marcin Bulka (Nice) and released Ángel Di María (signed with Juventus). In return, he executed the call option on Nuno Mendes, bought the passes of midfielders Vitinha and Renato Sanches and obtained the loan of striker Hugo Ekitiké.
Clermont, for its part, has a completely different budget than its rival. Last season he participated for the first time in his history in the highest category of French football and his main objective will be permanence, which he achieved in the previous tournament in a laborious way when he finished at 17th place.
Stadium : Gabriel Montpied Stadium
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