in Naples, PSG plays (already) its season



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"If we lose, it's almost over." The report is signed Thiago Silva, captain of a PSG who, if he sails silently in Ligue 1, faces serious contrary winds in Europe this season when he moves to Naples on Tuesday night in the Champions League. All while the "football leaks" storm, tied to "financial fair play", continues to threaten …

A 3-2 loss to Liverpool (3-2) and a 2-2 draw with Napoli (2-2) put the luxury ship PSG in trouble, as the return match from Campania was approaching on the night of Tuesday. three for the two qualifying places for the qualifying rounds of the competition. With only four points from three games, the capital club can not afford to lose, and thus let their opponent escape, who could have eight points in the event of a win, while Liverpool, which moves in the field of O Belgrade Red Star, early Tuesday night, must count, of course, nine to start the meeting at the San Paolo stadium.

Infographic of Naples-PSG

LAURENCE SAUBADU, VALENTINA BRESCHI, VICENTE LEFAI, SELIM CHTAYTI / AFP

"Piggery". Then there is "there" in a ruined stadium, regularly called by the president of the Neapolitan club of "toilets" or "pigsty" – the stadium belongs to the city and is subject to recurrent tensions between the city and the club – that PSG will play its future in Europe. "Of course he is old, of course he has problems," admitted to the AFP Daniele "Decibel" Bellini, the speaker of the stadium. "But it's scary for opponents, they feel the weight of this stadium and the passion of the tifosi.its capacity is 60,000 people, note), he is exceptional. "

And it was certainly Tuesday night for PSG's arrival, two weeks after a first match during which the Parisians suffered terribly and had their salvation (and the point of the tie) that a feat of Angel Di Maria in extension (2-2). They will have to do more, and do better, hope to win in San Paolo, 26 years after their glorious elders, Weah, Ginola and company. On 21 October 1992, PSG won 2-0 in the second round of the UEFA Cup, the predecessor of the Europa League, with twice the current president of Liberia. This victory remains the only Parisian success in Italy in seven trips. An example to follow.

"Our best game of the season". This example, PSG coach Thomas Tuchel may have this in mind. But he probably also has the game last Friday. In front of Lille, during the "shock" of Ligue 1 between the first and second (2-1), the PSG made a complete copy. "I think it was our best game of the season," said the German coach after the match. "It was necessary against this opponent and it will also be necessary Tuesday night, Naples is another style and will be a great challenge." Since the game at the Parc des Princes, Napoli have played two games at home with a draw against AS Roma (1-1) and a win over Empoli on Friday (5-1) with a hat- trick "of Belgian. Dries Mertens and a goal by Lorenzo Insigne, who had already scored in Paris. For their part, PSG have played two games, so many victories in Ligue 1, Marseille (2-0) and against Lille (2-1).

What conclusions can we draw from this? These two successes showed that Tuchel obviously wanted to defend himself to three, already used during the match against Naples on 24 October. PSG whose goalkeeper will be Gianluigi Buffon on Tuesday for his return from suspension has admitted very few opportunities and a single goal, penalty and at the end of the game against Lille. In addition, the banishment of Adrien Rabiot, at the end of the pre-game talk in Marseille, could continue. Julian Draxler, Marseille's top scorer, was excellent against Lille. If the German wanted to win his place by the shock in Naples, he would not have done otherwise.

Support Cavani or in the bank? Finally, first scorer in Marseille, after leaving the bench, Kylian Mbappé gave to Lille. The PSG can not be without their young tricolor and we will not necessarily say the same thing Edinson Cavani, the greatest striker in his history, looking for alchemy this season with his friends. Touching a thigh, "The Matador" has been training normally in recent days and is likely to be reunited with his former garden, which used the colors of Napoli between 2010 and 2013, with 104 goals in 138 appearances. Will Tuchel start at the expense of the adventure hero, Angel Di Maria, or will he abandon his defense to three to play together again the "fantastic four" (Neymar-Mbappe-Cavani- Di Maria)? It would be adventurous.

Drunkenness and "financial fair play." "I think if we get to find this structure, that organization, which is better every day, we have the opportunity to make a good game and take home the three points that will really be important," he insisted. Friday Marco Verratti, who had suffered in the first leg against the impact of the Neapolitan Allan environment. A symbol of Marco Verratti of a restless week behind the scenes of PSG. Just three days before reception in Lille, the Italian international was stopped when he was drunk (0.49 mg / l against 0.20 mg / l allowed for the young driver). And just a few hours before the game against Lille, the specter of PSG's "sea-of-life" fair game, reappeared. The club would have been "covered" by UEFA, including its two former bosses (Michel Platini, ousted president, and Gianni Infantino, who has since become FIFA president), to escape the most serious sanctions, including exclusion. of the Champions League, despite outbreaks in "financial fair play" according to which a club can not spend more money than it generates in a certain number of seasons.

The "exclusion" of the Champions League is on the pitch and, this season, threatens the PSG. And the promised Europa League third place in the group obviously would not please anyone in the club, while more than 400 million euros have been spent since August 2017 to acquire two of the world's best players Neymar and Kylian Mbappé and finally reach the last court of the Champions League.

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