Saint-Germain is eager to maintain its lead

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Paris – Paris Saint-Germain hopes to move away from the top of the French Football Championship from his chasers Lille and Lyon, by achieving a victory over its wounded guest Montpellier on Friday at the opening of the twenty-first stage of the French championship.

The French capital’s team started a new era with the arrival of Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino this month to replace the German sacked Thomas Tuchel.

He tied in his first match with Saint-Etienne 1-1, before winning the Champions Cup at the expense of his traditional rivals Marseille 2-1, then achieving victory over Brest 3-0 and Angers 1-0 in the last two rounds of the local league.

Saint-Germain succeeded in taking the lead in the last round, taking advantage of Lyon’s fall at home against Metz 0-1, so the loser retreated to third place, two points behind St. Germain, the leaders, on goal difference from Lille (both have 42 points).

Pochettino will continue to be absent from the substitute players’ seats because he is subject to quarantine after being infected with the emerging Corona virus, while his assistant Jesus Peres will act on his behalf.

Despite the positive results so far under his supervision, Pochettino hopes the team will see an improvement in its performances and the implementation of its plans on the pitch.

The spotlight will again be on striker Kylian Mbappe, who is going through a difficult period, as he has not scored any goal since the beginning of this year, at a time when he entered into negotiations with his club to renew his contract, amid news of Real Madrid’s desire to sign him.

Saint-Germain hopes to keep Mbappe’s services in the long term, and the same applies to Brazilian Neymar, with the possibility of contracting with Argentine star Lionel Messi, whose contract with Barcelona expires on June 30th.





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