Paris SG won Wednesday, May 19 against Monaco (2-0) a 14e Coupe de France, his favorite title which allows him to rebalance the balance sheet of a complicated season, before the outcome of the Championship. The club of the capital waited for the reopening of the terraces to take a cup, at the end of a joyful evening which carried away the placid Mauricio Pochettino. “We work every day for this type of emotion. Each title counts to go to the story “, savored Kylian Mbappé, scorer for the 2-0, at the microphone of France 2.
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Before going to Brest on Sunday for the last day of Ligue 1, Marquinhos’ teammates retain the right to believe in it, they who have become accustomed to being efficient when they are up against the wall. Their success against Monaco illustrates it well: without Neymar or Presnel Kimpembe, suspended, without Marco Verratti, injured in a knee, against the best team of the country of the year 2021, the Parisians have managed the match it needs.
Admittedly in a somewhat flamboyant style, but solid and realistic, they benefited from a Monegasque gift to unlock the meeting. Mbappé took advantage of a failed control from Axel Disasi, 15 meters from his goal, to recover the ball and serve Mauro Icardi, who pushed it into the empty cage (19e). A symbolic action: if Neymar and Mbappé embody the spectacular PSG that the club sells to its fans, that of “Goleador” also suits him when it comes to describing this season.
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The “Goleador” was often injured or out of form, but he was decisive in each final, having already opened the scoring in the Champions Trophy against OM (2-1), like a team that has all too rarely seduced by his game, but who often responded when it mattered.
The rest of his match? No other opportunity was created… but behind, Keylor Navas, Marquinhos or Danilo watched, with a solidarity that recalled the European spring of PSG, against Barça or Bayern. With such a constant defense – an important point for Parisians who recently experienced drops in pace in the second half – Mbappé did not have to force.
But he scored (81e) to kill the match, started by Angel Di Maria. A coolness that characterizes the last three months of the former Monegasque, about to complete the most prolific exercise of his career (41 goals in all competitions).
Opposite, his future teammate with the Blues at Euro Wissam Ben Yedder, replaced in the 60e minute, symbolized the helplessness of the ASM who monopolized the ball, after the opening of the scoring, without materializing. Kevin Volland (25e, 39e), Aleksandr Golovin (39e), Krépin Diatta (70e) or Aurélien Tchouaméni (78e) have tried, Gelson Martins too (69e), but the Portuguese’s vicious strike found Navas’ bar.
Monaco will have to wait a little longer to lift a trophy that has eluded them since 1991. The apprenticeship continues for the young troop trained by Niko Kovac, who has not lost everything either.
With his 14e Coupe de France, competition record, the club from the capital escapes the catastrophic scenario of the white season. And if he is not champion on Sunday, he has at least laid the foundations for next season.