PSG without its stars, trip to Tel Aviv, big first for Amazon … the four things to know before the shock

A shock to start the season. Lille and PSG meet again, Sunday August 1 (8 p.m.), for the Champions Trophy, launching pad for the 2021-2022 exercise in Ligue 1. A gala clash which also makes it possible to test the forces in presence between the first two of the last championship of France.

Because in both camps, a lot of things have changed this summer. The opportunity to take stock of what you need to know before this 26th edition.

Tel Aviv, new destination for a trophy that never stops traveling

It is in Israel that Lille and Parisians have an appointment for this Champions Trophy 2021. If the last edition, won by PSG and postponed due to the Covid-19 epidemic, took place at the end of January in Lens, the competition resumes its visa. After Montreal (2009 and 2015), Radès, Tangier (2011, 2017), Harrison, Libreville, Beijing, Klagenfurt and Shenzhen, it is in Tel Aviv, at the Bloomfield stadium, that she decided to put down her suitcases. Or rather that the Professional Football League (LFP) wanted to stop in order to continue its pre-season promotional tour.

Invited to a press conference on Friday July 30, Mauricio Pochettino and Jocelyn Gourvennec had two quite different postures compared to this long trip, a week before the resumption of Ligue 1 for the two teams. « It’s my first time in Tel Aviv, I’m happy to discover a new city », commented soberly the Argentine, while the former manager of the Girondins was more pragmatic: « We are going abroad once again. These are the League’s choices and you have to respect that. A few years ago, I played with my former club in Beijing and it was even more problematic because it There was a lot of jet lag. There it isn’t, with just an hour. « 

Still, the new coach of the French champions summed up the essentials: « It’s a game to play and a title to go for, wherever you have to play it. » An objective, in fact, perhaps a little more complicated in the face of the ten-time winner of the Trophy than a « simple » plane ride …

Without its stars, Paris wants to hang its 11th success

The list of absentees on the PSG side to compete for the Champions Trophy does not seem to have an end. At the start of the week, it was former Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos who forfeited, still not recovered from his left calf injury. A withdrawal which was added to the unavailability for leave or late returns after the Copa America and the Euro of other stars of the Parisian collective: Marco Verratti, Marquinhos, Neymar, Leandro Paredes, Angel Di Maria, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Pablo Sarabia, Rafinha …

If Kylian Mbappé, Presnel Kimpembe, Danilo Pereira and Georginio Wijnaldum are already there, they benefit from a training program arranged after their busy summer and their participation in the match is far from certain. The keys to the game will therefore rest on other elements such as Idrissa Gueye, provisionally appointed captain, and Argentine striker Mauro Icardi, announced at the start but still Parisian.

Authors of three victories (against Le Mans, Augsbourg, Orléans) and two draws (against Chambly and Sevilla) during their preparation matches, the winners of the Coupe de France hope to win their 11th Champions Trophy. A trophy that has not escaped them since 2013.

PSG players celebrate their victory against Marseille on January 13, 2021, during the Champions Trophy.  (DENIS CHARLET / AFP)

First real test for Gourvennec and LOSC

Unhappy in 2011, beaten 5-4 by OM after a game with twists and turns, LOSC hopes to get their hands on the trophy for the first time in its history. But the champions of France, who lost their conductor Christophe Galtier – left for Nice – on the bench, did not really reassure this summer during their friendly matches.

The Dogues have won only one of their five games, against Beveren (Belgian D2, 2-0), conceding a draw (against Kortrijk, 1-1) and three defeats (against La Gantoise, 0-1 , Benfica, 0-1, and Porto, 0-2). Not enough to fill up with confidence when challenging the Parisian armada, while the new team led by Jocelyn Gourvennec is still taking its marks. « We need the ambition to restart the competition and start our season well (…) Winning a title is never trivial », he tempered Friday, to show the ambition of his people before the shock.

On the Lille side too, the players are gradually returning to training. The most notable uncertainty concerns the Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches, hampered in the thigh and spared before the meeting.

Premiere night for Amazon Prime Video

On June 11, she had won everything during the call for tenders of the LFP on TV rights to Ligue 1. A little over a month and a half later, here is the American multinational at the helm of the match which will kick off the French football season. Confirmed earlier this week, Amazon will broadcast the Champions Trophy on Sunday, at 8 p.m., on its Prime Video platform.

Regarding the accessibility of the meeting, the e-commerce giant confirmed that it would be available to all Prime subscribers. A warm-up, in a way, before the implementation of its offer for the French championship, where Prime subscribers will have to take out an additional subscription of 12.99 euros per month. The only condition to take advantage of the retransmission of 80% of Ligue 1 matches.

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