DECISION – Beyond the final result, find out what kept our special correspondent waiting at the Stade Gabriel-Montpied on Saturday evening.
STRIKES OF HARP
Neymar and Messi celebrate
Imagine if Neymar had produced this kind of performance in another shirt, what would the Parisian fans have said or thought? Criticized from all sides at the end of last season and even more so this summer, expected to leave and thrown into the fire by the ambiguous statements of Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, the Brazilian makes a point of honor to show that he is still at the level, the very high level. Start of the season, no hasty conclusions, yes, of course. But “Ney” is fit, involved, inspired. That’s for sure. To see him enjoy playing, exchanging with a Lionel Messi also found, we can only appreciate it. And see A goal and three assists for the former Barcelona MVP on Saturday. A double for his Argentine teammate. A serious PSG winning duo at the start of the season, awaiting the return to business of boss Kylian Mbappé on Saturday.
A bike to go around the world
Beyond his successful match, Lionel Messi also and above all scored a goal that will turn the world around. An acrobatic return of the most beautiful effect in the 86th minute of play, the fifth goal of a PSG in demonstration (5-0 victory). “Great… You can pay to see players like that. I’m lucky, I don’t pay (smiles). I get paid to watch players like that“, smiles Pascal Gastien, coach of Clermont. Gabriel-Montpied made no mistake and applauded the Flea after this stroke of genius, singing”Messi, Messi, Messiworthy of Camp Nou. A gem, a delight, talent.
Paris has not given up
Again, this is just the beginning of the season. It’s not a matter of igniting, of drawing conclusions. However, we see that the attitude of the Parisians was irreproachable on Saturday evening. Trailing 3-0 at the break, Christophe Galtier’s men could have put their foot down, purred into the second half and quietly waited for the final whistle. They didn’t. Really until the end, they still pressed at the end. The addition could have been even saltier without several decisive saves from Mory Diaw, the former resident of the training center… of PSG. Galtier was not mistaken and greeted “how (his team) maintained a high tempo and intensity to get the ball back as quickly as possible, regardless of the ball carrier’s area.“. Pascal Gastien also emphasized that if his training had suffered so much, it was largely due to “the enormous pressureParisian to the ball carrier. “If they continue like this, I think they will not be far from achieving their goals” he swears. We said no jumping to conclusions…
Galtier opens the titis cage
Warren Zaire-Emery, first! At 16 years, 4 months and 29 days, the Parisian titi entered the end of the game on Saturday evening, ahead of the youngest player to evolve under the colors of the capital club. registration And a strong signal sent to the rest of young Parisian shoots. This is how Galtier sees Zaire-Emery’s entry. “I am very happy for him and I know he is very happy. It is also a strong signal given to our training“The PSG coach slips. And add:Throughout the season we have talked about it with the club management, the sports management, to give hope to our young players, telling them that they can play for PSG. PSG’s training is of quality. I thought it was time to give him the first minutes.We are already beginning to see certain differences between the managements of Mauricio Pochettino and Galtier. Is. It was about time, if Paris does not want to see its young people escape.
STRIKES OF HARP
We haven’t seen PSG shake up yet
So far so good. Paris Saint-Germain have won all their games since the restart, against Quevilly-Rouen (L2) and three Japanese clubs, then the Champions Trophy against Nantes (4-0) and therefore at Clermont ( 0-5), to begin the defense of his French champion title. At least moderate opposition, which leads to maintaining a certain restraint in the analyses. We look forward to the clash against AS Monaco at the end of the month, at the Parc des Princes, during the fourth day of Ligue 1.
The season will be long for Clermont
The storm has passed, Clermont will be able to really start their season. The CF63 is not made to compete with the Parisian ogre. Promoted in 2021, the Auvergnats intend to maintain. And he hasn’t won with four relegations… We can salute Gastien’s desire to play, despite the opposition. His players have not denied his philosophy. But with the departure of Mohamed Bayo and the limits shown on Saturday evening, even against opposition of this calibre, we have confirmation of what we could imagine before the start of this 2022-23 season: Clermont will suffer, despite Maxime’s reinforcement. Gonalons (who hardly shone on Saturday) and a few others. The season will be long. Let’s see if it will be the elevator. Clermont will go to Reims on Sunday (3 p.m.), during the second day, “to win, as always“, says Gastien.