PSG face grudge match in Marseille


PARIS:

Lionel Messi will get his first style of French soccer’s largest rivalry this weekend as Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain travel to face Marseille on Sunday.

Just a few hours after Messi’s outdated facet Barcelona tackle Real Madrid within the Clasico, the Argentinian will take to the sector on the Velodrome within the fixture generally known as “Le Classique”.

It is a rivalry that grew within the early 1990s, when Marseille had been the dominant pressure in French soccer and, for a short time, in Europe.

These days Qatar-owned PSG reign supreme in France, even when they missed out on the Ligue 1 title final season to Lille and their performances on this marketing campaign haven’t all the time satisfied.

They have gained seven of the final eight conferences of the golf equipment throughout all competitions and have misplaced simply as soon as to OM within the final decade.

That 1-Zero defeat in Paris got here in a near-empty stadium at first of the pandemic-affected final season. This time there might be a full home on the Velodrome as PSG intention to increase their 10-point benefit over Marseille, who’re third and do have a recreation in hand.

Messi scored twice for PSG of their 3-2 win over RB Leipzig within the Champions League in midweek.

All three of his objectives up to now in a Paris shirt have are available Europe. Indeed he has performed extra minutes up to now within the Champions League than he has in Ligue 1.

Kylian Mbappe, who scored the opposite aim towards Leipzig, has been the primary man for Mauricio Pochettino’s crew this season, whereas Neymar has struggled for type.

The Brazilian might return from an adductor muscle downside on the floor the place he was despatched off in October 2017 because the heated ambiance bought to him.

Marseille, who performed Lazio within the Europa League on Thursday, have entertained this season beneath Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli however it stays to be seen if they’re able to competing with a PSG crew which have gained 9 out of 10 league outings.

“It’s going to be a special occasion and a difficult match,” mentioned PSG midfielder Ander Herrera.

“They are in good form, and there will be a bit more than just the usual three points at stake.”

The 22-year-old moved to Marseille on mortgage from Arsenal in an effort to breathe life into his profession, which had stalled in north London the place he had been frozen out by supervisor Mikel Arteta.

After a spell at Hertha Berlin final season, Guendouzi now appears proper at home beneath Sampaoli at Marseille and is flourishing in a midfield function which permits him to get ahead and be a part of the assault.

Guendouzi, who was a non-playing member of the France squad on the latest UEFA Nations League finals, scored one aim and made two extra in Marseille’s 4-1 win over Lorient final weekend.

Now he comes up towards PSG, the membership he supported as a boy and with whom he started his profession as a youth earlier than leaving for Lorient aged 15.

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