Rennes, MNM, Parc des Princes…

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Seen and read about PSG in the French press this Sunday, January 15, 2023. The match against Stade Rennais, the return of the attacking trio Messi-Neymar-Mbappé, the perilous trip to Roazhon Park, the mayor of Paris closes the door to a sale of the Parc des Princes, the scathing response from PSG.

In today’s edition, The Team evokes this shock of 19th day of Ligue 1 between the Rennais Stadium and the PSG this Sunday evening (8:45 p.m. on Prime Video). And for the first time since November 13 (5-0 against AJ Auxerre), Christophe Galtier should line up his famous attacking trio Messi-Neymar-Mbappe. One month from the round of 16 first leg Champions League facing Bayern Munich (February 14), the return of the MNM is good news for the championship leader. “This gives him time to ramp up and refine his automatisms that the stoppage of national competitions for a month and a half could have seized up somewhat. » With its three stars, the PSG is unbeatable this season. They played together 14 times in all competitions for a total of 12 wins and 2 draws, or 86% victory. “Without one of them, this percentage remains very high, at 75% (9 successes, 2 draws and 1 defeat), but Paris scores less and creates fewer situations: 43 goals and 16.6 shots per game with the MNM against 28 goals and 12.5 when one of them does not play”details THE. Nevertheless, with their presence, the team block is less compact and concedes more chances and goals (0.9 goals per game against 0.7).

But the PSG must above all be vigilant when moving on the lawn of the Roazhon Park. Indeed, in recent seasons, the reigning French champion has become accustomed to leaving points in Brittany with no wins in his last three trips to reindeer (one draw and two defeats). Especially that the Rennais Stadium has won its last eight meetings in its enclosure. A similarity with the RC Lensthe only winner of the PSG this season (3-1, January 1). And the Rennes coach, Bruno Genesiointends to rely on this Lensoise victory to bring down the championship leader: “We must take inspiration from what lens. But it’s another context, without taking away any merit from the Lensois. It is also another context compared to our victory last season (2-0). When we have already beaten the PSG, it gives confidence, it shows that we are capable of doing it again, but it will be completely different. » Especially that the SRFC will have to compose without Martin Terrier and Xekainjured, while Benjamin Bourigeaud and Warmed Omari are suspended.

The sports daily returns to the firm words of the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgoabout the Princes Park : “It will not be sold. This is a firm and definitive position. But of course you have to accompany the PSG in its desire and need for renovation, increase in capacity, modernization of the Park. Remember, however, that the context is constrained. Part of the stadium is on the ring road, so you can’t dig. » Internally at the club, we are talking about a “financial suicide” ofHidalgo. Indeed, the PSGvia the various speeches of its president Nasser al-Khelaifialways wanted to acquire the stage of the Saint Cloud Gate and would have made an offer of 40M€, rejected by the City hall who estimates the price of Princes Park between 200 and 350 M€. Since always, the City hall aims to extend the emphyteutic lease. Faced with this refusal to sell, the capital club will now carry out studies to find a new place to set up its enclosure. ” The Stade de France is a track, even if no contact exists so far between the two directions and the enclosure does not respond to what the PSG »precise THE. Saint-Cloud racecourse is another option, just like Poissythe place where the new training center will be located.

On his side, The Parisian also examines this encounter between the Rennais Stadium and the PSGwhich will close the 19th day of the championship, and more particularly on the reunion between Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe. The two players will meet again on the field, a month after the final of world Cupwon by argentina in front of the France. Now, the two attackers are focused on the next club fixtures and have their sights set on the double confrontation against Bayern Munich in Champions League (February 14 / March 8). “For them as for the PSGit’s time for the sacred union between Mbappe and Messi. » While not close friends, the two players share a deep respect for each other. Especially since they have shown great technical complicity in the field since their collaboration in the summer of 2021. “Of the 43 games they started together, Messi provided 15 assists for Mbappe and Mbappe 11 for Messi. They look for each other, they find each other and, above all, they complement each other”ensures LP. While they are the two favorites to lift the next one Ballon d’Or, “their chances would be greatly reduced in the event of going off the road from the round of 16 of the European Cup or a title lost in League 1. »

Regarding the other member of the MNM, Neymar Jr, he has been discreet since his return to competition. However, he will have the opportunity to reform the attacking trio with Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe. But it remains to be seen whether the Brazilian will have the same motivation as before the World Cup. “‘We may have rushed his return’ says a close friend of the club today, referring to the exit from the road (his expulsion) against Strasbourg. » If he seemed physically ready, the Parisian number 10 was perhaps still affected morally after an elimination in the quarter-finals of world Cup with the Brazil. Hanging in front of lens and at rest against Chateaurouxthe 30-year-old striker “took advantage of this period of time to treat his ailments”, starting with his right ankle, hard hit during international competition. In front of Angers (2-0) this Wednesday, Neymar showed no signs of pain, specifies LP. From now on, the investment of the former Barcelonan will be closely scrutinized after 15 goals 13 assists in 22 matches. Still under contract until 2027, the management of the Rouge & Bleu wanted to part with their Brazilian last summer, but “She put this position on stand-by during the season. »

Finally, the Ile-de-France daily highlights the scathing response of the PSG following recent remarks by the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgowhich refuses to sell the Princes Park. “Everyone loses in the decision taken by the mayor. the Paris Saint Germain is now forced to find alternative options to relocate the club, depriving Paris of a major investment for its attractiveness. This is not the outcome that the club, nor its supporters, hoped for (…) By definitively closing the takeover discussions that began a very long time ago and by refusing our very significant investment to renovate the Parkthe mayor forces the PSG to leave his house and imposes a tax burden of several million euros on Parisian taxpayers. » In this case, the Parisian club does not feel supported by the City hall in its development project. On the side of the City hallwe would like to resume discussions “in a more calm and confidential way”but it remains complicated in such conditions, especially with the departure of Jean-Claude Blancwho was the privileged interlocutor in this matter. “The record of Princes Park still seems far from closed”concludes LP.