Paris will aim to align a sixth success in a row in Ligue 1 this Sunday (8:45 p.m.), against OL, one of its most serious rivals, at the end of the sixth day.
Shocking day at the Parc des Princes. In addition to the premiere of Lionel Messi in his new stadium, PSG-Lyon, this Sunday evening (8:45 p.m.) at the end of the sixth day of Ligue 1, it is above all the first big shock of the 2021-22 vintage French championship. Of course, there has already been Monaco-Marseille (0-2), a poster between two serious contenders for the podium. But Paris against Olympique Lyonnais, it’s a duel between the two biggest French budgets. A special match, even for the armada of Parisian stars? “No, the motivation is still there. We must always have him in L1, in the Cup, in the Champions League and even in friendly. As soon as we put on the PSG jersey, we must have this motivation», Insists Mauricio Pochettino, determined to imprint his culture of winning in the Rouge et Bleu. And the Argentinian technician added: “We know it’s an important match, against a historic opponent and a very good team.“
Lyon on the right track
A team that has strengthened by recruiting Jerome Boateng (ex-Bayern), Xherdan Shaqiri (ex-Liverpool) or Emerson (ex-Chelsea) this summer. Heavy. Although, not as much as the Paris transfer window … All with the arrival of a coach with strong ideas in terms of the game, Peter Bosz. The mayonnaise took a long time to set. But OL seem to be on the right track and remain on two victories, 3-1 against Strasbourg in L1 and 2-0 in Glasgow against Rangers in the Europa League. “The team is getting better and better. I feel the will of the players who want to adapt to the way of playing that I propose, that is the most important. You have to work and still work», Notes the Dutchman.
Work is obviously also Pochettino’s hobby. Moreover, the ex-coach of Tottenham has a lot to spare. In order to get the best out of his new recruits, Messi in the lead, and his “All stars” squad, he will have to change a lot of things, as evidenced by the sluggish draw in Bruges last Wednesday (1-1), the first outing of the “MNM“(Messi, Neymar, Mbappé). “We lacked defensive strength in Brugge and we will try to remedy this in the next matches.“, Indicates” Poche “, not excluding to exchange the 4-3-3 seen in Belgium for a 3-4-3 which would allow to refocus Leo Messi and Neymar behind Kylian Mbappé, but also to release his arrows on the sides , Achraf Hakimi and the newcomer from Sporting CP, Nuno Mendes, the latter having made an entry as short (15 minutes) as promising at the Jan-Breydel stadium. The rest will be a question of automatisms. “It will come with time. We have a very talented workforce and it will foster this kind of affinity.“Breathed the former captain of Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday at a press conference.
“We must combine the requirement for results and the fact of not taking risks with the health of the players. “
Which Mauricio Pochettino will have to be careful not to shoot too much on some players that we already feel blunt, for example Gini Wijnaldum, while allowing others to gain pace. “We will try to use the workforce well while maintaining a balance. We will have to manage playing times knowing that an international truce is coming in a few weeks, for example with the South Americans who will have a match on the same day as our championship match against Angers … It’s a moment a bit crazy and we have to adapt. We must combine the demand for results and the fact of not taking risks with the health of the players“, He assured.
In any case, the Parc des Princes can expect a raised poster and a quality show. The PSG will indeed try to establish its domination and to be respected at home, especially after this half-hearted performance in Bruges, and to align a sixth success in as many league matches (the classification here). But OL do not arrive on the banks of the Seine to play the expiatory victims. “We have our own idea to face PSG“Slipped coach Bosz, who does not usually ask his teams to stay glued to their goal. A priori, this will not be the case this Sunday in Paris … And this even if his top scorer, Moussa Dembélé, forfeit, will not make the trip to face his training club. Léo Dubois, Tino Kadewere and Thiago Mendes will also be missing in the ranks of Lyon, while PSG, which finds Angel Di Maria and Idrissa Gueye, suspended in C1, will have to do without Marco Verratti and Sergio Ramos, to name a few ‘them. Left injured in Bruges, Mbappé, he figures well in the group.
PSG-OL in mondovision
All the ingredients are there for Parisians and Lyonnais to offer the public of the Parc des Princes and all those who will be gathered in front of their small screen a quality match. Messi, Aouar, Neymar, Paqueta, Mbappé, Guimaraes … There is something to do in both camps. Of course, for both teams, only victory will be beautiful. A success which would make it possible to be reassured after the disappointment of Bruges for some and to confirm the improvement for others. Moreover, it is not only the regulars of the Parc and the L1 who will have their eyes riveted on Paris this Sunday. With Messi’s first steps announced in his new setting, the entire football world should be passionate about this PSG-Olympique Lyonnais …
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