ANDhe carrousel of casualties that Paris Saint-Germain had between injured and absent (Mbapp, Ramos, Neymar, Di Mara, Donnarumma, Verratti, Marquinhos, Sarabia, Paredes …) invites us not to draw too many conclusions from the ‘Trophe des Champions’ , but There is one thing that cannot be ignored: Lille has once again ‘delved into the wound’ of the most powerful club in France.
“We are still disappointed. We do not keep a good memory of what happened,” said Pochettino in the preview. History, however, has repeated itself. The ‘dogos’ are on their way to becoming the ‘black beast’ of PSG. They put an end to their hegemony in Ligue 1 – they accumulated seven Leagues in eight years – and now they have cut their streak of nine consecutive Super Cups.
Xeka’s lonely goal at 45 ‘decant the final in favor of a Lille (1-0) that in little more than six months he has lost a good part of his ‘spinal column’. The president Grard Lpez (now at Girondins), the sports director Luis Campos, the coach Christophe Galtier (Nice) left and has sold two of his ‘props’: Maignan (Milan) and Soumar (Leicester).
Even so, and despite the casualties of the injured Renato Sanches and the sanctioned elik, managed to debut his palmars at the ‘Trophe des Champions’. To date he had lost the two finals he had played: 1955 and 2011.
The Lille started strong. Burak Yilmaz forced Keylor Navas to show off at the start of a direct free kick on 5 ‘and to avoid a point-blank shot on 6’.
However, the ball belonged to Dina Ebimbe and Kalimuendo’s ‘baby’ Paris Saint-Germain. The problem is that it hardly created dangerous occasions. And that Achraf Hakimi, who connected well with Ander Herrera, did not stop trying with his persistent interned on the right wing.
PSG only made Lo Jardim work with a long shot from Draxler (28 ‘) and a cross from Achraf (40’) that it was poisoning.
The first half ended as it began: with chances from Lille. Keylor fren a counter ended by Yilmaz in 41 ‘… but I can do nothing to avoid Xeka’s 1-0 at 45 ‘. Burak held the ball on his back until he found the Portuguese in the front and the former Braga hit a crossed obs with the right that dug into the squad. Unstoppable.
Despite losing, PSG failed to put one more gear after the break. In fact, his first big chance came from a set piece. Draxler served a corner from the right, Icardi combed and Diallo, in the goal, headed out in the 57th minute in an incomprehensible way.
The Lille, very retracted, limited itself to counterattack … without too much danger. Yilmaz shot into Keylor’s hands from 30 meters on 63 ‘, Luiz Arajo tried his luck with a far cross on 67’, Timothy Weah fired wide on 77 ‘…
In the meantime, Wijnaldum made his debut with PSG – he came out for Ebimbe in 71 ‘- and made a goal that did not rise to the scoreboard in 74’. The ex of PSV, Newcastle and Liverpool filtered a great pass for Icardi, who overcame Lo Jardim and scored at pleasure. I did not. I was offside.
Those of Pochettino, recently renovated, were running out of time and ideas before the populated defense of Jocelyn Gourvennec’s Lille. Draxler sent a good chance into limbo in the 75th minute when he finished off, free of mark, a cross by Ander Herrera. The penultimate ‘bullet’ was spent in ’87, when Danilo sent the ninth center of Achraf into the hands of Jardim. The last one came in 91 ‘, again from set pieces. Wijnaldum finished off a corner served by Draxler taking advantage of Jardim’s bad start, but the goal managed to rebuild and Diallo did not manage to connect the rejection with everything in favor.
PSG once again stumbled on the ‘same stone’. Lille is France’s ‘super champion’ and, although it has fewer resources, it promises war.