With a goal from Messi, Paris Saint Germain defeats Nantes and establishes itself at the top of Ligue 1

After the break for the Qualifiers towards the Qatar 2022 World Cup, the League 1 returned to the ring and Paris Saint Germain has starred in one of the main parties of the Date 14. With a goal from the Argentine Lionel Messi, the Parisian cast prevailed by 3-1 before him Nantes FC at Princes Park and achieved a victory that consolidates him as the absolute leader of the French championship.

Despite the activity of national teams, Pochettino He could have from the start several of his figures, including his stellar offensive trident: Messi, who had missed the previous day due to injury, came out in the starting eleven together with Kylian Mbappé and Neymar. And it didn’t take long for them to take advantage. They were only 2 minutes of game when Mbappé signed the 1-0 after a long distance shot of Leandro Paredes that managed to deflect the French attacker within the area.

After scoring the first goal, the PSG began to overflow Nantes by generating various dangerous situations, with the attack trident constantly combining. Messi had the second goal on his feet when he received the ball at the penalty spot but his shot was blocked by Alban Lafont, who also avoided with his foot that Mbappé to score again and denied a goal to Neymar in the first half hour of play.

The first half ended with the box Mauricio Pochettino only one goal up on the scoreboard but with the feeling that they could have scored some more. The flea He had two very clear chances but was met in both with the resistance of the rival goalkeeper.

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Although the priority for PSG is the Champions League (after four days they are second in Group A with eight units and on Wednesday they will have a key duel with the leader Manchester City -nine points-) and Mauricio Pochettino could give rest to some of his footballers after the bustle with their teams, the intention is to extend their good walk in the local tournament.

After thirteen days, those from the capital are the comfortable leaders of the domestic competition with 34 units (11 victories, one draw and only one defeat), 10 more than Lens, their most immediate pursuer. One step behind are Nice and Olympique Marseille.

The Santa Fe technical director will have Lionel Messi at his disposal, who added minutes against Uruguay and was part of the game against Brazil, thus leaving behind a muscular discomfort that took him away from the courts some matches. A similar situation is that of Leandro Paredes, who left behind a tear and is part of the roster of footballers.

Neymar, who in the last hours was strongly criticized in his country for his “marathon parties” and the injury that marginalized him in the run-up to the classic against Albiceleste, received medical discharge; although this commitment would begin as one of the alternatives in the substitute bank. In this way, Mauro Icardi could earn a place in the offensive alongside the flea and Kylian Mbappé.

On the other hand, central markers Presnel Kimpembe and Sergio Ramos remain out due to injury. Captain Marquinhos, Layvin Kurzawa and Gianluigi Donnarumma were also ruled out.

“We see certain signs of our gaming identity. A club like Paris Saint Germain has its ideas, and a squad in its place, and when you go to look for a coach it is because this coach’s way of doing things can be transmitted to this squad“Pochettino analyzed in the preview. And then he added: “We are satisfied because we see progress in different areas of the team, the identity of the team is seen and we hope it improves and lasts longer in each game, but we see progress.”

Opposite will be the Canaries, a team that has not won for two presentations (defeat with Montpellier and equality at home against Strasbourg). With 18 units they are far from the relegation zone and four from Rennes, the last team to qualify for an international competition (Conference League).

Probable formations:

PSG: Kerylor Navas – Hakimi, Kehrer, Diallo, Bernat – Leandro Paredes, Gueye, Marco Verratti – Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé, Neymar. DT: Mauricio Pochettino.

Nantes: Lafont – Fabio, Casteletto, Girotto, Corchia – Chirivella, Moutoussamy, Blas – Kolo Muani, Coulibaly, Coco .. DT: Antoine Kombouaré.

Stadium: Princes Park

Hour: 13.00

Television: ESPN

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