Paris SG made short work of Strasbourg (4-1) on Saturday in Ligue 1, a success that keeps the French champions three units from leader Lille and heals their morale three days before the reception of Bayern Munich.
The day after Lille’s victory in Metz (2-0), the Parisians did not weaken on the ground of Strasbourg, without Neymar suspended but with a Kylian Mbappé of the great days, author of the first goal (16th) then decisive passer for Moïse Kean (45th) before leaving at the very end of the match.
Pablo Sarabia scored the 2-0 goal on a serve from Danilo (27th) and Leandro Paredes closed the scoring with a superb direct free kick (79th) after the reduction of the score of the young Malian striker Moïse Sahi (69th), Strasbourg joker effective one minute after coming into play.
With six days still to play, the leading duel between Lille and Paris promises to be tight until the end. Monaco and Lyon, respective hosts of Dijon and Angers on Sunday, are also still in the race.
Pending the final explanation, PSG offered themselves in Alsace full of points and confidence before receiving Bayern Munich in the quarter-final second leg of the Champions League on Tuesday, a short week after the 3-2 victory in Bavaria .
Coach Mauricio Pochettino even allowed himself to replace goalkeeper Keylor Navas at half-time as a precaution, a measure intended to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Strasbourg’s defeat keeps the Alsatians seven points behind Nîmes, the current play-off who travels to Brest on Sunday. The Bretons, sixteenth in the standings, could pass them in front, just like Saint-Etienne in the event of a victory or a draw on Sunday against Bordeaux.
Saturday evening (9:00 p.m.), Montpellier and Marseille will compete in a potentially decisive shock in the race for European places. Before the meeting, the Héraultais are eighth three lengths behind OM, sixth.
The fifth place in L1, of which Lens (which receives Lorient on Sunday) is the current holder, will offer at the end of the season a ticket for the Europa Conference Conference, a new European competition, or even for the Europa League depending on the result of the Cup. of France.
Since the arrival of Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli, Olympique de Marseille have signed three wins in four matches. Over a comparable period, Montpellier has a duller record with one victory and three draws.