The capital club did the job on Saturday, against Lens, taking the three points. Head for City.
The fear of emptiness ? Still in the race in all competitions, Paris Saint-Germain could have seen two of its goals fly away in three days, between Ligue 1 and the Champions League, pending the semi-final of the Coupe de France on May 12 , Montpellier. As for the C1, Mauricio Pochettino’s players have an appointment with Manchester City on Tuesday (9 p.m.), at the Etihad Stadium. Regarding the French championship, and that was the subject on Saturday, against Lens, it is clear that Paris did the job. No more no less. And it’s not that bad already.
“Optimism” for Kylian Mbappé
Faced with Lensois fifth in L1 and who arrived at the Parc des Princes with the will to play, Keylor Navas and company had the last word (2-1), thanks to Neymar and Marquinhos. However, it was not easy … “We deserved the victory but it was a difficult match against a very good team”, analyzes Pochettino, who also praised “the character” of his players, especially after the disappointment of last Wednesday against City (1-2). All without Kylian Mbappé, forfeit with a contracture in the calf but on which the Argentine coach should be able to count on Wednesday. “I am optimistic,” he slips. Alessandro Florenzi and Leo Paredes were spared and “Poche” made six changes compared to the eleven which started on Wednesday. “Ney” did not take advantage of this turnover. “He needs to play, to be on the pitch. He recovers quickly. There will be no problem. The only risk is to take a hit. It can happen anytime, ”says Pochettino. And the blow could have happened in stoppage time, with this load from Jonathan Clauss on the Brazilian. What moreover annoyed Leonardo very much …
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Still, apart from the exit of Colin Dagba, visibly affected in the ankle, no injured frame against Lens. It’s good news. Out since the return match against Bayern (0-1), Abdou Diallo has returned to the field. He should thus be able to hold his place as left-back against the players of Pep Guardiola. A priori, Mauricio Pochettino will also have a group close to being complete on which to strum against City, which has largely turned on the field of Crystal Palace (0-2) on Saturday. And that did not prevent the Skyblues from moving closer to the title of champion of England. In the event of Manchester United’s setback against Liverpool this Sunday (5.30 p.m.), they will be officially crowned.
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As for Ligue 1, Paris took over the reins for a handful of hours after this success snatched against Lens. A sluggish victory, certainly, but devilishly important. And this even if the Losc regained its property for the benefit of its victory against Nice (2-0) on Saturday night. One point difference between the two teams in the standings. “It was difficult, especially in the second half, we suffered, but you have to know how to suffer. The most important thing is that we remained united, and these three points, declared Presnel Kimpembe, on Canal +. When the championship is this close, with four teams fighting for the title, the most important thing is victory. It’s done.” With this success, Paris remains in any case in the wheel of the northern leader before facing Rennes, Reims and Brest during the last three days. The Mastiffs will travel to Lens next week, before challenging Saint-Etienne and Angers. Remember that Monaco, which will host Lyon this Sunday (9 p.m.), is here and there.
Win by scoring at least two goals for Manchester
And now, let’s go to the main course. Because if the quest for the tenth title in the history of Paris-SG has something to titillate Neymar and others, the Champions League represents the absolute fantasy of the club and the players. They can look to Europe with the feeling of having accomplished their duty. “We will recover well and prepare for this match,” launches “Presko”. Nothing is impossible. We know we have quality, we will have to show it on Tuesday. ” And win. And score at least two goals. It is at this price that the vice-champions of Europe would rule out Manchester City.