A clinical Leo Messi (double and pass), a sparkling Neymar (a pawn and three offerings), and here is the PSG which starts its season in Ligue 1 with a new offensive festival (0-5) on the lawn of Clermont Foot. A good omen for the future?
Clermont 0-5 PSG
Goals: Neymar (9e), Hakimi (26e), Marquinhos (38e) & Messi (80e & 86e) for PSG
It’s only Nantes and Clermont, it’s only a Champions Trophy and a start to the Ligue 1 season, but the first impression left by Christophe Galtier’s Paris Saint-Germain is good, if not excellent. The Canaries had taken four a week ago and this Saturday, at home, the Auvergnats ate one more (0-5) against the capital’s combine, four months after a violent 1-6 as well cashed in their stadium. As in Tel Aviv, a Parisian eleven is emerging, awaiting the return of His Majesty Kylian Mbappé. And like in Tel Aviv, it was the Messi-Neymar duo who put on the show with three goals and four assistance between them, just that.
Clermont, with its rookies, did not just drink the cup, like a thrilling start to the game with a rise from Neto Borges, the Serbian rookie Komnen Andrić triggering a timid header (3e) moments after offering his business card to Sergio Ramos. Paname responded with Achraf Hakimi’s kidney shots, the very promising Alidu Seidu throwing himself to prevent Neymar’s opener from the penalty spot (7e). And the second cartridge was the right one for the latter with a symmetrical action on the left side, the center of Pablo Sarabia fleeing Leo Messi to arrive on the Brazilian, clinical at the entrance to the surface (0-1, 9the). Inspired in the Parisian half, Borges was however devoured by Hakimi when, on a counter well led by Lionel Messi and Neymar, the Moroccan teleported from one end of the field to the other to light up poor Mory Closed side diaw (0-2, 26e). The new Clermont goalkeeper, who faced his former club, was able to catch up with Ramos on a corner (29e) then had to oppose Nuno Mendes after a catastrophic raise (37e). He then couldn’t do anything when Marquinhos found himself alone at six meters to take back a free kick from Ney (0-3, 39e).
2 – Christophe Galtier has lined up the same starting XI for the second consecutive time in all competitions (against Nantes at the Trophée des Champions and this evening in Clermont). This had never happened under the Pochettino era, between January 2021 and May 2022. Stability. #CF63PSG pic.twitter.com/GIOneXfPrF
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Messi, 10 minutes to convince
The former Santos also put Messi in orbit just before the break, for a save from Diaw (45e+1). On the restart, Andrić woke up Gabriel-Montpied with a pivot recovery (53e) and Messi slammed a half-volley over (69e). The Parisian pistons again stood out, Mendes finding Diaw’s gloves after a cross from Hakimi (77e). Not always successful during the game against Pascal Gastien and others, the Pulga finally saved his match with a recital in the last ten minutes, first closely after a one-two with Neymar author of his third offering (0-4, 80e) then with a lucky return, but no less succulent after having controlled back to goal a cake from Leandro Paredes (0-5, 86e). Unleashed at the end of the evening, the Argentinian did not go far from the hat-trick, just as Juan Bernat almost took part in the celebration (87e). In short, for their big debut with the capital club, Warren Zaire-Emery (16 years old) and Hugo Ekitike (36 bricks) took full advantage of it.
Clermont (4-2-3-1): Diaw – Seidu, Wieteska, Ogier, Borges – Gonalons (Baiye, 85e), Gastien-Allevinah (Dossou, 73e), Cham (Magnin, 73e), Rashani (Khaoui, 82e) – Andric. Coach : Pascal Gastien.
PSG (3-4-3): Donnarumma – Ramos (Mukiele, 67e), Marquinhos (c), Kimpembe – Hakimi, Verratti (Zaire-Emery, 82e), Vitinha (Paredes, 67e), N. Mendes (Bernat, 78e) – Sarabia (Ekitike, 78e), Messi, Neymar. Coach : Christophe Galtier.
By Jeremy Baron