After having seen his coronation delayed by Strasbourg last week, Paris Saint-Germain moves this Sunday (21h) to his dolphin Lille to record the eighth title of champion of France in its history.
This time is the good? If nobody doubts the fact that they will raise the Hexagoal May 18 after PSG-Dijon, at the 37e day of the championship of France, the Parisians must still finish the work and take their coronation. A title of champion who could have fallen last week against Strasbourg, with a victory. Except that the Alsatians have held and left the Parc des Princes with a draw (2-2). With the kind participation of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and his improbable failure, the tactical choices of Thomas Tuchel in the first period and the late entry of a Kylian Mbappé forced to multiply because of the absences of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and even Angel Di Maria in recent weeks. Which Di Maria could make his return this Sunday. Not Ney nor Cavani. Marquinhos either. In any case, Paris needs a point to celebrate the eighth title of champion of France in its history. A draw, and it's in the pocket. Except that Thomas Tuchel's players do not confront anyone this Sunday. They defy the LOSC, their dolphin (21h, on Canal +). At the edge of relegation at the same time last year, the Dogues are looking for a jump seat for the Champions League. They count 61 points, the best total of the club nordiste after 31 matches with the exercises with the exercises 1947-48 and 1949-50. Two seasons after which they finished second.
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"I like a lot because they have a lot of qualities, individual and collective, and a very good coach (Christophe Galtier), swears coach Tuchel. It's a very strong team, one of the best in Europe to counter-attack. A lot of speed, energy and talent. They always make the counter with four attackers. They are always dangerous. They have a good season, they are very consistent and reliable. It is therefore deserved that they are where they are. "Namely the second place in the Ligue 1, with 20 points behind Paris Saint-Germain and 5 points ahead of the third, Lyon, beaten to Nantes (2-1).
"A good challenge and a good test, a good challenge for us"
Thomas Tuchel on Lille
The recipe for winning this duel against Nicolas Pepe and company? "It's a big challenge for us to control both the match and the counterattacks," said the Bavarian. We did it very well at Parc des Princes on the way out (2-1 win, ed). It was one of our best matches. And we still have to do it. This is perhaps the most difficult, to control both the match and the cons before they arrive against Lille. But if we are not able to do that, we are exposed to big problems. It is not possible to defend later … (…) Lille likes to defend in his camp, a little not to have space against. At the Park, if they had defended very low, it is because of our quality. So it was very difficult for them to proceed against. We had made the cover very high and with a lot of discipline in our structure. That's exactly the challenge for tomorrow, do it again, but in Lille. It's very hard, a good challenge and a good test, a good challenge for us. We want to push Lille very low and control the cons in the opposing camp. Lille is not a team that likes to make pressing very high. I do not expect that. But we must be prepared for all situations. Especially since in a match between the second and the first, I'm sure they will want to show their quality against us. "And also push OL to eight lengths.
The figure that has something to give chills to Lille? The LOSC have not won any of their last 13 games against PSG in the league, three draws and a dozen defeats. The last success of the Dogues against Paris dates from April 29, 2012 (2-1). But the players of Christopher Galtier spent their season to surprise, so … "We had a very long week, unfortunately, slides Tuchel, in reference to the absence of Champions League after the elimination in the round of 16 by Manchester United . A very calm week, we are confident and well prepared. Everyone knows it's a very tough match in Lille. You have to be well prepared, play very attentively and with a lot of quality. It was intensive against Strasbourg, as always. It was the challenge of being prepared against Lille and we did it. There was a lot of quality during the week in training. We feel good. It is clear that it is a very hard and very difficult game that awaits us. "An opposition that would give even more relief to this expected title. Otherwise, it would be postponed until next Wednesday, in Nantes …