Thursday , October 28 2021

In Naples, PSG plays (already) its season


"If we lose around, it's almost over." The report is signed Thiago Silva, captain of a PSG who, seamlessly sailing in Ligue 1, faces serious headwinds in Europe this season, when he moved to Naples on Tuesday night in the Champions League. Everything while the storm of "leaks of football", linked to "fair play financial", continues to threaten …

The 3-2 defeat in Liverpool (3-2) and a 2-2 draw with Napoli (2-2) put the luxury PSG boat in trouble as the leg of Campania returned on Tuesday night. Three for the two places of classification for the stages of eliminatory of the competition. With only four points in three games, the capital club can not afford to lose, and thus let escape to his opponent, who could count eight points in case of victory, while Liverpool, who moves in the field of A red star of Belgrade On Tuesday afternoon, it should logically be nine to start the meeting at the San Paolo stadium.

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"Pocilga". Then he is "there", in a ruined stadium, regularly summoned by the president of the Neapolitan club "baths" or "pigsty" – the stadium belongs to the city and is the subject of recurring tensions between the city council and the club – that PSG will play the Your future in Europe. "Of course, it's old, of course you have problems," admitted AFP Daniele "Decibel" Bellini, the speaker of the stadium. "But it is scary for the opponents, they feel the weight of this stadium and the passion of the tifosi.Its capacity is 60,000 people, note), is exceptional. "

And full, it will be safe, on Tuesday night for the arrival of the PSG, two weeks after a first stage in which the Parisians suffered terribly and had their salvation (and the point of the tie) that An Angel Di Maria feat in the overtime (2 -2). They will have to do more, and improve, the hope of winning in San Paolo, 26 years after their glorious elders, Weah, Ginola and company. On October 21, 1992, the PSG won 2-0 in the UEFA Cup second round, the predecessor of the Europa League, with twice the current president of Liberia. This victory continues until today the only Parisian success in Italy, in seven trips. An example to follow.

"Our best game of the season". This example, PSG trainer Thomas Tuchel, may have in mind. But probably also the meeting last Friday. In front of Lille, during the "shock" of Ligue 1 between the first and the second (2-1), the PSG made a complete copy. "I think it was our best game of the season," said the German coach after the game. "It was necessary against this adversary and it will also be necessary on Tuesday night, Naples is another style and will be a great challenge." From the match at the Parc des Princes, Napoli played two home games, with a draw against AS Roma (1-1) and a win against Empoli last Friday (5-1), with a Belgian hat-trick Dries Mertens and one goal by Lorenzo Insigne, who scored in Paris. For its part, PSG played two games, many victories in Ligue 1, Marseille (2-0) and Lille (2-1).

What conclusions can we draw from it? These two successes demonstrated that Tuchel obviously wanted to lay his defense to three, already used during the encounter against Naples on October 24. PSG, whose goalkeeper will be Gianluigi Buffon, on Tuesday, for his return from the suspension, conceded very few opportunities and a single goal, penalty and delay in the game against Lille. On the other hand, the dismissal of Adrien Rabiot, at the end of the chat of previous matches in Marseilles, could continue. Julian Draxler, the scorer of Marseille, was excellent against Lille. If the German wanted to win his place for the clash in Naples, he would not.

Owner Cavani or in the bank? Finally, the first scorer in Marseille, after leaving the bench, Kylian Mbappé gave Lille. PSG can not do without its new tricolor nugget and not necessarily say the same as Edinson Cavani, the greatest striker in his story, looks for alchemy this season with his friends. Touching a thigh, "the Matador" has been training normally in recent days and is likely to meet with his old garden, which has taken Napoli colors between 2010 and 2013, with 104 goals in 138 appearances. Will Tuchel will turn a holder at the expense of the hero to go, Angel Di Maria, or he will abandon his defense to three to play the "four fantastic" (Neymar-Mbappe-Cavani-Di Maria) again? It would be adventurous.

Inbound and "fair play financial". "I think that if we get to find this structure, this organization, which is better day by day, we have the opportunity to do a good game and bring home the three points that will be really important," he insisted. Friday Marco Verratti, who had suffered in the first stage against the impact of the Neapolitan Allan environment. A symbol of Marco Verratti an embarrassed week behind the scene for PSG. Only three days before the reception in Lille, the Italian international was stopped during the drunk driving (0.49 mg / l against the 0.20 mg / l allowed for the new driver). And a few hours before the meeting against Lille, the specter of "fair play financial", the marine snake of the life of the PSG, reappeared. The club would be "covered" by UEFA, including its two former bosses (Michel Platini, deposed president and Gianni Infantino, who since then became the president of FIFA), to escape the most serious sanctions, including the exclusion of the Champions League , in spite of the jets of "fair financial play" according to which a club can not spend more money than it generates in a certain number of seasons.

The "exclusion" of the Champions League is in the field, and this season, threatens the PSG. And the promised ticket for the third Europa League of the group would obviously not satisfy anyone in the club, while more than 400 million euros were spent from August 2017 to acquire two of the best players in the world, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, and finally reach the last squad of the Champions League.

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