Without Messi, Neymar or Mbappé, PSG suffered to the end to beat a third division team

Paris Saint Germain he could not count on his top figures in the event against LB Châteauroux, from the third division, for the 32nd final of the French Cup, and had to suffer until the end of the meeting to qualify for the next phase. With goals of Hugo Ekitike and the Spanish Carlos Soler and Juan Bernat ( Thio Ntolla ) temporarily tied, those led by Christophe Galtier sealed the series in their favor in the face of the absences of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar at the stadium Gaston Petit.

The French strategist opted for a cast riddled with alternates and juveniles, but ended up suffering to the epilogue. Parisians started in advantage at minute 13, but the first half ended up matched by a detour in 17-year-old defender El Chadaille Bitshiabu that misplaced Keylor Navas and, Already in the complement, the locals had a clear chance with a shot that crashed on the pole after the intervention of the Costa Rican goalkeeper. Only at minute 78 Soler was able to tip the scales in favor, while at discount time his compatriot Bernat sealed the story.

In addition to not having his trident star, Galtier also decided to give rest to other of his figures, such as Achraf Hakimi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Marco Verratti, Renato Sanches, Nuno Mendes and Presnel Kimpembe. They were among the headlines Navas, the Brazilian Marquinhos and Spanish Pablo Sarabia, while in the second half they entered Portuguese Danilo Pereira and Sergio Ramos.

“ Leo trained yesterday and today. He had more than twelve days to recover with the obligations to return home, the celebrations. We wanted him to recover at home with his family. He won’t play tomorrow. After talking to him, we’ll make sure he’s ready for the next game, we’ll see. He played a physical World Cup with many shocks. I will be very attentive to what you tell me, but we want it to be available ”, explained the DT at a press conference when referring to the absence of the captain of the Argentine team.

IMG 20230107 103738

PSG is the greatest exponent of history in the French Cup with 14 titles ( his escort is Olympique de Marseille with 10 ). He wants to recover the champion scepter that is defended by Nantes. Those from Parque de los Príncipes obtained six of the last eight national cup trophies.

Those of the capital, who in a little more than a month will start their key against Bayern Munich for the round of 16 of the Champions League, their main and great obsession, they came from taking a hard hit in Ligue 1 when they fell 3 to 1 on their visit to Lens ( their escort, four units below ).

Share the article..

Leave a Comment