PSG finished their pre-season tour in Japan with a third victory in three matches, crushing Gamba Osaka 6-2, with a Neymar-Messi duo in excellent form.
Following his victories over Kawasaki Frontale (2-1) and Urawa Red Diamonds (3-0), the French champion demonstrated his superiority once more against the 16th and first non-relegation player in the J-League and will return to the capital with high spirits.
It’s now time for the Parisians to get serious, as they take on Nantes in the Champions Trophy in Tel Aviv on Sunday. With this meeting in mind, Christophe Galtier has also decided to field an eleven that will undoubtedly face the Canaries in Israel.
Pablo Sarabia joined Messi and Neymar in attack, and it was the Spanish international who scored first (28th), followed by Neymar (32nd from the penalty spot), Nuno Mendes (37th), and Lionel Messi (38th) ( 39th). The Brazilian N.10 then offered himself a double on an Argentinian friend’s millimeter service (59th).
Kylian Mbappé, who was suspended for the Champions Trophy, scored a penalty in the final half hour (86th).
Given the abysmal level difference between the two formations, a salty but logical addition.
Nantes will undoubtedly be of a different caliber and will meet the Parisians on solid ground. But the main goal for Galtier and his team was to perfect the ranges and test an offensive animation without Mbappé, and thus without an appointed center forward.
Unlike the first two games in Japan, the PSG coach kept the same players after the break to continue assessing his troops’ automatisms. A nightmare for Gamba Osaka, but a joy for the 38,000 fans who packed the Panasonic Stadium to cheer on their team as well as admire the Parisian stars.
Mbappé’s (61st) introduction exacerbated the situation.
The only drawback, which will annoy Galtier, is Gianluigi Donnarumma’s two goals (Keisuke Kurokawa 34th and Hiroto Yamami 70th). As in the previous two meetings, the former Nice coach’s preferred three-way defense is not yet fully developed and does not always exude great serenity.
We will have to wait until the Champions Trophy, and especially the first matches in Ligue 1, begin on August 6 in Clermont, to assess the gravity of the situation. However, the Parisian rearguard’s wanderings can only encourage sports management and football adviser Luis Campos to speed up recruitment in this sector.