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Champions Cup: Lille still offers Paris Saint-Germain!

So the new season begins with the end of the previous one: with Lille against PSG! The French champion dominated the cup winner on Sunday night in Israel (1-0). During a rhythmic meeting, the Mastiff showed more certainty in the face of Parisians still bereft of many CEOs. For the first time since 2013, the Champions Cup has changed ownership!

But the extra athlete first. Because sometimes, unfortunately, football does not escape political considerations. Paris Saint-Germain’s new right-back Achraf Hakimi tested it in Tel Aviv from his first touch of the ball. Under the influence of 29,000 Israeli spectators, the main recruit “pays” for the support he showed to the Palestinian people after the renewal of tensions between Israel and Palestine in the spring of 2021. The whistles decreased during the minutes, but indicated that the sport remains a way for some to express their stupidity.

It also means that Hakimi hit a large number of balls in his right lane. PSG have charged €70m, including bonus, for his recruitment, and that’s exactly for this ongoing contribution, on both sides of the pitch. Offensively, his Moroccan specialty, he doubles actions and positions. He’s really comfortable and all he’s missing is precision. Defensively, an area for improvement, he put his side at risk for this foul on Jonathan Bamba (fifth) on his deck entrance. What do we offer Burak Yilmaz, the outlet of Paris Saint-Germain in the French League last year, a double chance (the fifth, seventh).

Kimpembe already in the legs

Lille changed his coach this summer from Christoph Galtier to Jocelyn Gurvinek. But the mentality and the game driven by rapid transformations is still there. The evening confrontation was somewhat similar to the one that took place on April 5 in the Parc des Princes between Paris Saint-Germain with the ball but not offensive, decisive loser, realistic and victorious (1-0). The only goal of the match was scored by midfielder Xeka, just before the end of the first half. The Portuguese took advantage of the spaces left by Danilo and the young Dina Ibembe to launch a heavy shot into the range of Keylor Navas (45th place). The goalkeeper, who this week will enter the competition with Italian European champion Donnarumma, is leaning towards one of the only northern chances.

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In the ranks of contentment for Mauricio Pochettino? The entry of another recruit, the Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum (71). Already in his legs and comfortable with the ball in the foot, he thought he made a nice assist for Mauro Icardi, very conservative on Sunday. But the Argentine was in an offside position when he tricked goalkeeper Leo Jardim. The last request was more demanding than Navas, who was decisive against Draxler (28), Diallo (57), Danilo (88) or Wijnaldum (90+1).

“We didn’t play badly. It wasn’t perfect but we were the best team in the second half,” Draxler regrets. Already pregnant, Presnel Kimpembe has also shown great things. But PSG need to really unleash their preparations with all their stars. “We have bigger things to look for,” Pochettino warns.

match sheet

half time: 1-0.

Rule: Yigal Farid (Egypt)

Viewers: 29,000.

But. Lille: Zika (45).

Warnings. Night: Araujo (78 AH), Jardim (90 AH). Paris Saint-Germain: Kerr (30 H), Diallo (52 H), Draxler (84 H), Danilo (90 H).

Few : Park – Gallo, Fonte (chapter), Putman, Renildo – Araujo (Iconi, 85 e), Zika (Yazisi, 79 e), Andre, Bamba (Bradric, 85 e) – David, Yilmaz. Entry: gorvenic.

Paris Saint-Germain: Navas – Hakimi, Kehrer, Kimpembe (cap.) (Kurzawa, 81e), Diallo – Herrera, Danilo, Dina Ebimbe (Wijnaldum, 71e) – Draxler, Icardi, Kalimuendo (Gharbi, 81e). entrance. : Pochettino.