Paris St Germain suffered a shock 3-1 loss against Monaco in the league to lose their 100% start to the season.
The team had managed wins from the opening two games as expected. As the strongest team in the French league by quite a long distance, Paris St Germain are realistically targeting the Champions League in order to gauge the performances of new manager Unai Emery. The former Sevilla boss was brought in as the replacement for Laurent Blanc. After achieving three consecutive Europa League titles with the Spanish club,Emery was seen as the perfect candidate to get European success to the French capital.
Emery already has a tough job on his hands to replace star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swedish striker has been the face of PSG for the last few years, but he has joined Manchester United on a free transfer. Even though he has a ready-made replacement in the form of Edinson Cavani, it is widely perceived that the Uruguay striker is not at the same level as Ibrahimovic. PSG have also not made significant inroads into the transfer market due to financial fair play issues with UEFA. PSG were reasonably good in pre-season, but they were shocking against Monaco.
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Paris St Germain continued their good pre-season form with a 3-1 win over Real Madrid and manager Unai Emery was extremely pleased with the outcome.
He once again stressed the fact that pre-season games were all about getting the fitness right in time for the new season. As defending champions of the French league for the last few seasons, PSG have a lot of live up to under the new management.Emery has been brought in specifically to help the club achieve the glory of winning the Champions League. After all, he is the manager has lifted several European titles in the last few years.
Emery has won the UEFA Europa League for the last three seasons in succession with Sevilla. This has been a tremendous achievement on behalf of the manager, who has largely spent his managerial career in Spanish football with the likes of Almeria and Valencia. His most iconic from outside Spain was being the manager of Spartak Moscow in 2012. However, this was a failed to move in many ways andEmery has to prove himself that he can manage outside Spanish football. Facing a Real Madrid team looking to rejuvenate itself, PSG established a 3-0 lead within the opening 40 minutes.
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Brazilian defender Marquinhos has threatened to leave Paris Saint-Germain if the French club does not allow him to play in the Olympics football tournament.
Marquinhos has already represented Brazil at the Copa America and now want to represent his country at the Olympics competition. The French side has stated that Marquinhos will be better off returning to the club in order to prepare the new season, but the Brazilian defender does not seem to accept this situation.
Marquinhos brother has already stated that the player might be prepared to leave Paris Saint-Germain if ever they prevent him from playing at the Olympics. The Brazilian national team has selected Marquinhos, but no FIFA rule forces the French club to let him go. Most European clubs have offered the choice to the players to play either at the Copa America or the Olympics as it was the case with Neymar and Messi.
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Scouts from major European club were present at the match opposing Bordeaux to Paris Saint-Germain to assess Ibrahimovic.
The Swedish international will be out of contract during the summer, and there is a host of European club that might be interested in signing him.
Among the most cited team is Manchester United whose scouts were present at the match. Indeed, the England team will be looking to boost their attacking options next season especially with Wayne Rooney playing in a midfield role. This season the Red Devils have relied too much on Anthony Martial, and they will want a high-profile striker to help them compete for the title next season.
Ibrahimovic, on the other hand, has stated that he is still in talks with Paris Saint-Germain about a possible contract extension but that he is also considering other offers as well.
However, Manchester United scouts were not the only one present at the stadium as it is believed that Borussia Dortmund, Southampton, and Besiktas also have representatives present at the club. Read more »
Laurent Blanc was a bit confused and upset about some of the recent things he’s seen on social media.
This comes after being targeted by Serge Aurier on social media after he had an outburst for whatever reason. He stated that he wasn’t particularly shocked by incident and that he was just frustrated with the situation, that’s all.
This outburst took place in February right after the right back returned to train for the Paris Saint-Germain team. Periscope is an app that lets people stream themselves over Twitter. Unfortunately, people only like to use this app after they’ve had a few too many and end up saying some negative or revealing things. For Aurier, he was using the Periscope app and started making some remarks about quite a few of the PSG teammates.
After, the Ivory Coast defender was suspended by the club and only then did he issue a public apology. Not only that but he was then forced to train with the French Champions’ reserve for the next three weeks. Aurier was given a chance to make some amends after meeting up with Blanc. PSG officially confirmed that the Toulose player would return to train with the first team Thursday afternoon. When speaking to France Info Radio in a prior Thursday recording, Blanc stated that he wasn’t really shocked by the comments made and he wasn’t surprised at all. Read more »