Football: A first title for PSG Galthier version

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The Parisians didn’t have to force their talent to beat FC Nantes 4-0 in the Champions Trophy on Sunday. Messi and Neymar made the show.

Messi celebrates his goal in Tel Aviv during the Champions Trophy.

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Lionel Messi and Neymar, already very perceptive, offered Christophe Galtier his first title as Paris Saint-Germain manager, scoring three of the four goals to defeat Nantes (4-0) in Tel Aviv on Sunday during the Champions Trophy .

Like in their best days. A devilish hook from “Leo” (22′), a direct free kick (45′ + 3′) and a penalty kick (82′) from “Ney” made for the show of the PSG stars. And Kylian Mbappé, the third jewel, suspended, wasn’t even there.

Sergio Ramos scores

World and European champion Sergio Ramos scored the third goal with a hoe (57th).

Beaten by Lille (1-0) right here in Tel Aviv last year, PSG didn’t miss the start of the season having already won their four warm-up games, including three in Japan.

The French champions seemed ready to start their Ligue 1 on Saturday (9pm) in Clermont this time.

Everything is not perfect, the three-man defense still experienced some squeaks, made Moses Simon (18th) or Ludovic Blas (19th) threaten to Gianluigi Donnarumma, impeccable to take N.10 Nantes’ shot in his skylight, but that already looks great.

As in Japan, PSG has also been able to gauge its popularity. Bloomfield Stadium was packed and we passed a lot of kids with club gear, mostly Messi’s No. 30.

Lionel Messi celebrated

The stadium shared by Maccabi and Hapoel buzzed with joy as soon as Lionel Messi had the ball, even chanting the famous ‘Meeessi! Meeeessi!” accompanied by prayer worship with arms raised.

He even greeted the crowd who cheered him as he came from the corner (66′). He was even entitled to lighting cell phone flashlights (81st).

As the score opened with the Argentine’s finesse, the crowd was ecstatic to answer the announcer at the top of their lungs to announce the striker: “Messiii!”

The ‘Pulga’ took advantage of a delicious Neymar pass that Pedro Chirivella could only touch and obliterated Alban Lafont with a sharp hook as in his prime.

Then the Brazilian doubled the effort with a free kick into the cross corner. He had just been mowed down by Moussa Sissoko, FCN’s international rookie.

Just after the break, Sergio Ramos, who was in front, found himself in reception – off the heel! – deflected only by Lafont from a center by Pablo Sarabia who escaped the yellow line.

Neymar completed the victory with a penalty and the elimination of the culprit Jean-Charles Castelletto. Moments earlier, the stadium had sung his name again.

Achraf Hakimi whistled

On the other end of the popularity spectrum, Moroccan Achraf Hakimi, who supports Palestine on social media, was booed profusely by part of the crowd whenever he touched the ball, just like last year at the same stadium.

He underwent this treatment until the 78th minute and was replaced by the latest PSG recruit, Nordi Mukiele, who took his first steps in his new shirt.

As coach Antoine Kombouaré feared, it would be difficult for the people of Nantes if PSG and their stars were on their guard.

On a poor quality turf that spawned a few false rebounds and in the sweltering heat and humidity, his “canaries” did little to worry the French champions.

Kambouaré will be testing his own

But Kombouaré warned he would test his team’s spirits in August to see if they get back into business after a very successful season.

Victory in the Coupe de France brought them the Champions Trophy, but more importantly will bring them back to the European Cup after a 21-year absence. First feedback expected on Sunday (3:00 p.m.) in Angers.

As this new season begins, the operation of the Professional Football League (LFP) is a success, at least in terms of popularity. The international stars of Ligue 1 secured his promotion.

(AFP)


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