Mauricio Pochettino, who began his coaching career in January 2009 at the Spanish, this Wednesday finally inaugurated his record on the benches in front of the PSG. Not two weeks did he need in the Parc des Princes to win his first title at the helm of the multi-million dollar ship designed by Nasser Al-Khelaifi. The Parisian painting was made with the ‘Trophée des Champions’ (the French Super Cup) by winning 2-1 to Olympique de Marseille in a meeting in which the PSG It was more practical than brilliant, but ultimately showing its supremacy in France. The goals were a matter of Icardi and Neymar for him PSG and of Payet for him Marseilles and it is the eighth consecutive season with the Super Cup traveling to the showcases of the Princes Park.
After a gray draw against him Saint-Étienne (1-1) in his debut and a comfortable win against the weak Stade Brestois (3-0), for Pochettino this edition of ‘Le Classique‘, with the title of the Super Cup as a reward, it seemed like a litmus test. Because the Argentine was haunted by the hindrance of having been directing for more than a decade without titles under his belt and because in France he PSG he always has rather little to gain and too much to lose.
With Neymar Waiting on the bench to reappear after a month without playing due to injury, the Argentine was right with his approach and got him to play what he wanted PSG and not what I would have wanted Villas-Boas, which surprised with Payet exercising as ‘false 9’ and leaving in the bank to Benedetto and Germain, your references to use.
However, the pace of the meeting, except in its final stretch when the forces in the retreats were already failing, was tedious. And the 0-0 of the luminous did not move until 39 ‘, when Icardi received in the small area a ball hung by Say Maria to it, and although in the first instance Mandanda He managed to reject, the Argentine ended up pushing the ball into the net.
Just before the break, his own Icardi a left-footed shot hit the crossbar that was close to being 2-0, but the break time was reached with a minimal disadvantage for Marseille and therefore hope for Villas-Boas and yours.
In the resumption Thauvin, Payet and company tried, but they were prisoners of ‘I want and I can not’ and with the passage of minutes it was the PSG the one that was accumulating merits to return to shake the marker.
Halfway through the second act he entered Neymar, which in this way was released with Pochettino on the bench, and the Brazilian himself was in charge of converting a penalty committed by Pele on Icardi (85 ‘). ‘Ney’, by the way, hugged with Pochettino after marking, seeing that there is a good understanding between the two.
Shortly after he did Payet 2-1 (89 ‘) to add excitement to the final stage, but the PSG slowed down the game again to ensure this French Super Cup traveled from Lens (where the match was played) to Paris. One more. In France no one coughs up this macro-project that trusts that Pochettino be able to achieve the desired Champions League. But that’s another story that we’ll see when the time comes.
2 – Paris Saint-Germain: Navas; Florenzi, Marquinhos, Diallo, Kurzawa (Kimpembe, 65); Paredes (Danilo, 88), Verratti, Herrera (Sarabia, 90); Di María (Neymar, 65), Icardi (Kean, 88) and Mbappé.
1 – Olympique de Marseille: Mandanda (Pelé, 46); Sakai, González, Caleta-Car, Nagatomo (Lirola, 66); Rongier (Germain, 80), Kamara, Gueye (Sanson, 56); Thauvin, Payet and Radonjic (Benedetto, 56).
Goals: 1-0, Icardi (39 ‘). 2-0, Neymar (85, pen.). 2-1, (Payet, 89 ‘).
Referee: Ruddy Bouquet. He admonished Radonjic (17), Nagatomo (26), Lirola (72) and González (77) for OM and Mbappé (94) for PSG.
Incidents: match to play the 44th edition of the French Super Cup. As PSG won the League and the Cup, the champion’s opponent is the League runner-up.
The meeting, initially scheduled for August 1, was postponed due to the pandemic and was played at the stadium Bollaert-Delelis, in the city of Lens, behind closed doors.