PSG-Juventus. Despite a first period of success, PSG players struggled to finish the match of this first day of the Champions League on Tuesday 7 September. The summary
What to remember of an evening that started so well and that certainly ended in a victory but that could have been aggravated in a second failed act. Because if Paris provided the essentials by dominating Juventus Turin at the Parc des Princes, they will have shown a double face that we did not know this season. A disturbing double face that suggests new imperfections, after those brought to light by the Monegasque commitment. This time PSG showed a form of sufficiency, letting themselves be lulled by a much inferior but formidable opponent when it comes to killing the rhythm of a match that eludes them. For almost half an hour, in fact, the Turin club felt dizzy, like so many others before. In a stadium very happy to find the air of the Champions League, the Parisians did not give in to greet the Old Lady. Just 5 minutes into the game and Neymar served Mbappé in the box with a delicious ladle. The latter, dirty rascal that he is, fixed Perin with a perfect flying cross. A first flash followed by a second after a splendid action with a touch of the ball with Verratti then Hakimi, concludes on the other side, on the right, with another flying cross. Without forcing his talent, PSG had just had to accelerate when they wanted to stun an Old Lady who was excruciatingly his age, like Cuadrado, overrun on the right, or Bonucci, running out of rhythm. We told ourselves that the bill would get even harder, to reach the price of the house, but here we are, Paris has flaws. Inexplicably, the Parisians returned from the locker rooms without envy, as if the hardest part had been done and it was enough to check. The races were fewer, the choices less right and Juventus had fun creating trouble in this mush. A first warning on an uncrossed header by Vlahovic, well out of Donnarumma, decisive as in the first period when he deflected at point blank range from Milik, preceded the inevitable. On a corner played by two, McKennie bypasses Nuno Mendes and cuts a cross from Kostic, much appreciated by the Italian goalkeeper and Marquinhos, and brings his own within reach. Neymar and Mbappé had the opportunity to take the break but nothing helped and the threat lasted to the end in a strange second period in which Paris will have been put to sleep. Never before had PSG sported this face like this season, he who had shown himself to be conquering and virtuous in his commitment. A first free admonition that must not hide, however, that the French champions have won. Sometimes you have to settle for the essential, win without pomp but win. It’s never easy to start your Champions League season. We will remember that Paris and Mbappé did it.
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✅ Thanks to a brace from the French striker, the French champion struggled to win against a dangerous Juventus in the second half
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11:45 – Four arrests on the sidelines of PSG – Juventus
The Paris prefecture of police announced on Wednesday 7 September that four people were arrested on Tuesday evening for public provocation of “racial hatred”. “Four people were identified by video and then arrested last night by the police for public incitement to racial hatred in the setting of a sports hall, during the football match. An investigation is open.”
When questioned on the sidelines of this PSG-Juventus, captain Marquinhos also returned to the controversial observations. “The controversy about air travel? The club discusses it, whoever takes care of it does. We don’t have to worry, if it’s for the sake of ecology, we have already taken the train, in Japan, in selection too. If it’s better for the planet , we will do it”.
10:50 – Mbappé: “We know we have gaps”
“There is a small difference between the first 35 minutes and the second half. We know we have gaps. My failure at 3-0? I missed a lot of goals in my life, I will score a lot and I miss a lot. These are facts of the game . It is not lacking that you penalize your team, it is thinking about failures. We have things to work on, it is normal, it is here Champions League. If it had been easy we would have already won it “, explained the Frenchman after this PSG – Juventus.
“It’s just the beginning, we need to improve. We also saw that we did some good things. In the second half we should have controlled the game better, but that’s okay, you shouldn’t give too much importance to that. It’s up to us to work to make it happen. better the second half “, explained the midfielder, uncertain before the start of this PSG – Juventus.
The Brazilian, always very restless and author of a magnificent decisive pass, collects an 8/10 also for this PSG – Juventus of L’Equipe.
“We had a difficult first half, especially the first 20 minutes, we saw them play. We have regrets because we conceded two goals and this changed the game. In the second half we showed a different face. A bit bitter because we have it. done Don’t give up, we tried to come back and we could have put them in more difficulty “analyzed Adrien Rabiot after this PSG – Juventus.
After the good performance, especially in the first half with a brace before a mistake in the second half when Neymar was alone, the Frenchman got the best score from our colleagues from L’Equipe with an 8/10.
When questioned in the mixed zone about his controversial reaction to the PSG movement, the French manager made his mea culpa.
“There is relief. From the moment the third goal is not in our favor … In the penalty area they are a strong team. We have had an excellent first half. From the moment we conceded this goal, we are suffering. It is always difficult to change the course of history, PSG had never beaten Juventus. Winning in suffering allows the team to grow “, explained Christophe Galtier after PSG’s victory over Juventus.
“We had a good game, but there is a bit of bitterness for not having achieved a result. In the end we had to be a little more lucid. It is a missed opportunity. We have to progress. We know that” we have progress to make, we’re working on it. We are also waiting for some players to return (from an injury, ed). We have suffered, but the speed they have, nobody else has. When you play against these types of teams, the difficulty is when you don’t have the ball … We fell asleep a bit in the first half but in the second half we had more character and McKennie gave us legs and strength “explained the Italian coach later. the meeting.