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Paris: Paris Saint-Germain did not achieve a fiery start in the French Football League as usual in recent years when he was crowned champion seven times out of eight, but he will be able to take the lead, even if temporarily, if he wins Friday at Angers seventh.
The capital’s team is armed with the euphoria of its victory over Marseille 2-1 in the Champions Cup on Wednesday, to win its eighth successive crown in the competition and the 26th in its next Qatari administration in 2011.
The suspense was absent from the performance of the Parisians this season, so German coach Thomas Takhle paid a price for that, as he was sacked from his post and former Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino was brought in this month, to win Wednesday the first title in his coaching career, after a remarkable offensive performance by fellow striker Mauro Icardi.
The loud celebration of his players, which resonated in the stands of the silent Felix Pollart stadium in light of the repercussions of the new Corona virus, expressed the satisfaction of the Brazilian star Neymar and his comrades to erase the wobbly start.
Pochettino, who previously carried the captain’s badge as a defender with Saint-Germain, said, “Emotions are wild, it is difficult to describe in words. I hope to win additional titles, but the former always remains special.”
By defeating Marseille, Saint-Germain avenged its loss to the Mediterranean team at its “Parc des Princes” four months ago in the league.
Saint-Germain will be alone in the lead temporarily with 42 points if it beats Angers, while his runner-up will host Rence the 14th on Saturday night, before Lyon concludes the stage on Sunday evening, hosting Metz, the 12th.
Soleimani’s combat experience –
After loaning his international striker, Moussa Dembele, to Atletico Madrid, Spain, with an option to buy him for 33.5 million euros, leaders Lyon replaced by a point, by bringing in Algerian international Islam Slimani from Leicester City.
Soleimani (32 years old and 30 international goals) won the 2019 African Nations Cup winner with his country, on a free contract for 18 months.
“I can bring experience and fighting spirit,” he said in his official introduction. “I wanted to come at the beginning of the season to represent this great club, one of the best in Europe.”
Lyon was the leading club in France when it won the league title between 2002 and 2008, but left the arena after Saint-Germain’s monopoly since its purchase by Qatar Sports Investments.
Soleimani began his professional career with Belouizdad FC, then toured Europe, where he played three seasons in Portuguese Sporting (2013-2016), then he moved to Leicester, who loaned him to his compatriot Newcastle United (2018), then Turkey’s Fenerbahce (2018-2019) and from there to Monaco. French (2019-2020).
The sports director and former Brazilian team star Juninho expressed his appreciation for Soleimani’s commitment on the field, “in addition to his talent.
But Soleimani, who played an orphan match with Leicester this season, “is missing the rhythm,” according to Johnny, “but he has a distinct physical strength, I do not think he needs much time to regain his form.”
“I worked a lot in the last four months, I sacrificed a lot to make up for the rhythm. With more work, I will be ready between a week and two. My playing style is focused on fighting and providing everything, and this will help me on the compensation journey,” added the player, who is crowned with Leicester in the English Premier League.
After winning their last two matches, Monaco opens the fourth stage, 6 points behind night, on the grounds of Montpellier VIII, while Marseille VI wants to compensate for his moral loss against Saint-Germain when he receives bottom-ranked Nimes on Saturday in a struggle for fourth place between four clubs.