Havre defender Elies Mahmoud against Kylian Mbappe during the friendly match between Le Havre and PSG Sunday, July 12, 2020. - AFP
Resumption tonic for PSG. Faced with an opponent supposed to represent our Ligue 2 with dignity, Paris did not make any friendly details on Sunday evening (9-0) for its first post health break match, played in front of 5,000 spectators. Neymar, Icardi, Mbappé and Di Maria were notably brilliant, one month before the start of the Champions League Final 8 against Atalanta.
“We feel that they have an appetite, that they are focused on a goal. They have a ready and competitive workforce. We feel that they have fun finding each other and I saw a lot of complicity in watching them, ”admitted Le Havre coach Paul Le Guen, a former player and coach in Paris. Thomas Tuchel, too, was satisfied.
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"The best thing is that no one got hurt," he says. Everyone benefited from being together on the pitch. It's something other than training. We had a good game, with seriousness and a good frame of mind. Our attacks were fluid, the defense was serious. It's not easy to resume after a four-month break, but the team is very focused, very calm. "
The German coach also stressed that "the players are happy to be together". It is obviously a cliché in the middle, but there was something special in the air of the haven on Sunday evening. Neymar, on Twitter, even mentioned a little "ball in the stomach" at the idea of resuming football.
🔴🔵 Tuchel: "The players have found a good rhythm" pic.twitter.com/MSbjW6V0gY
In short, a sort of festive state for the real recovery of French football, especially with this audience. "It was a surprise," said Tuchel. Because in Germany, Spain or England, they play without an audience. We really like it, it really changes the atmosphere in a stadium. Present on site, like the mayor of Le Havre Edouard Philippe, the Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu also appreciated the show.
"I am delighted that football in France can resume in a popular way, with the public in the stadiums." And that the stars of PSG can again treat us.
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