LIVE – PSG-Nantes: Messi launches the PSG season

The strong center of Nuno Mendes

Shifted by Neymar, the Portuguese center immediately, without waiting or controlling, to look for Sarabia in front of goal. His ball is too far ahead to be picked up. FC Nantes can recover the ball.

Sarabia remains on the ground

The game barely resumes when it is interrupted again. Sarabia remains on the ground after being pushed in the back by Pallois. It is not serious for the Spaniard.

Freshness break

While Nantes tried to put their foot on the ball to react quickly to this opener, the referee granted a cool break to the 22 players.



With a little success on a deflected pass from Neymar, Lionel Messi escapes in depth, erases Lafont and only has to conclude in the empty goal after a devastating hook and despite an angle which had closed. 1-0 for PSG!

And the Donnarumma Parade!

On a high recovery, the people of Nantes immediately go on the attack. Ludovic Blas is served at the entrance of the sixteen meters and rolls up a shot… deflected by Donnarumma.

Oh the heat stroke for Paris!

After a distant free kick conceded by Vitinha, warned, but poorly played by the Canaries, the ball still remains in the feet of FC Nantes. The Yellow and Green could even almost take advantage of it, but Simon misses the target in the area.


On an extended corner towards the far post, Kimpembe intelligently headed towards Marquinhos. The Brazilian defender tries to smash his head into the goal… but he is thwarted by the crossbar!

Blas’ long shot

The Nantes attacking midfielder unscrews his attempt, which Donnarumma watches pass away. The Canaries try to react by putting more impact in the duels.


Wanted by Verratti in depth, Sarabia emerges behind the Nantes defense and tries a complicated volley. His powerful shot goes over the crossbar!

Concentrated Lafont!

First alert for the FC Nantes goalkeeper! After a very nice action from Messi, who slips between the lines and finds a wonderful pass for Sarabia. The ball bounces in all directions and ends up on Hakimi, who hits… straight on Lafont!

Hakimi whistled by the public

Like last season, for this same match relocated to Israel, Hakimi is whistled at every touch of the ball.

Let’s go in this champions trophy!

The kick-off of the match is given by Lionel Messi, at the dawn of his second season in Paris. Will the Parisians get their hands on the Champions Trophy after their defeat last season against Lille?

Both teams on the pitch

The little music of Ligue 1 rings in a loop at Bloomfield Stadium, the time to take the traditional pre-match photos. The 2022-2023 season can begin.

Galtier talks about the transition to 3

The novelty for PSG, with the arrival of Christophe Galtier, is the switch to a three-man defense. The Parisian coach justified it on Amazon Ligue 1: “As soon as there were initial discussions and the choice fell on me, obviously I worked a lot on the best system according to the players who remained. with us. I think it fits, with pistons and our attacking game while keeping that famous balance.”

Kombouaré on Sissoko

Before kick-off, the FC Nantes coach spoke on Amazon Ligue 1 about the arrival of the French international: “To be honest with you, I didn’t think he was free and that we would have the opportunity to do it. I liked the player a lot and I know that I like the man a lot. He is a beautiful person. He will bring a lot to the group and on the pitch.”

PSG does not intend to let go of this match

If the Champions Trophy is not the most anticipated title of the year, the Parisians intend to make an impression with this first match of the season, the great debut of Christophe Galtier in his new position, and “learning to be concerned in each match”.

The warm-up begins at Bloomfield Stadium

On the side of the spectators, there will obviously be more support on the PSG side for this match relocated to Israel.

The composition of Nantes

Lafont – Pallois, Girotto, Appiah – Chirivella, Blas, Fabio, Sissoko, Corchia – Simon, Guessand.

The composition of PSG

Confirmation that Sarabia replaces Mbappé, suspended. Diagram in 3-4-1-2 as expected and as set up by Christophe Galtier since the beginning of the preparation.

Donnarumma – Ramos, Marquinhos, Kimpembe – Hakimi, Verratti, Vitinha, Mendes – Messi – Neymar, Sarabia.

The Paris bench: Navas, Rico, Diallo, Mukiele, Bernat, Danilo, Gueye, Paredes, Zaire-Emery, Icardi and Kalimuendo

Galtier’s praise for Neymar, ‘happy and very professional’

While some rumors have mentioned a possible departure of Neymar from PSG, Christophe Galtier, the Parisian coach, wanted to reassure the Brazilian’s state of form and his determination before the Champions Trophy against Nantes.

Christophe Galtier © Icon

Pallois makes the sponsors of FC Nantes “groan” … because of his shorts

A favorite of FC Nantes supporters, central defender Nicolas Pallois is used to playing with the shorts raised at the top of the thighs for his personal comfort. Too bad if it offends some sponsors of the Canaries.

Nicolas Pallois plays with rolled up shorts
Nicolas Pallois plays with the shorts rolled up © ICON Sport

Why Mbappé, suspended, did not accompany the PSG group to Tel Aviv

PSG justified the absence of Kylian Mbappé for this Champions Trophy against Nantes. If the French striker is suspended, he could have been on the trip to Tel Aviv, as had been planned. But the 23-year-old star remained in care.

Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappé © ICON Sport

Verratti hopes to improve his record

Marco Verratti is the record holder for victories in the history of the Champions Trophy (8). The PSG midfielder has the opportunity to add a ninth against Nantes.

Captain Marquinhos in the history of PSG

Marquinhos will play his 116th game with the PSG armband around his biceps. A total which makes him the third most capped captain in the history of the capital club, behind Thiago Silva (293) and Dominique Bathenay (227). In front of Claude Makelele (115).

The Parisians arrived at the stadium

PSG players have arrived at Bloomfield Stadium.

PSG: the number of Ekitiké revealed

Hugo Ekitiké will wear No. 44 at PSG this season. The official profile of the former Stade de Reims striker has been updated on the capital’s club website. Short of preparation, the 19-year-old is not present in the group summoned by Christophe Galtier to compete in the Champions Trophy against Nantes, this evening in Tel Aviv.

What we expect from PSG de Galtier

After Foot debates the game of PSG under Christophe Galtier and what is expected of this team this season.

The probable compositions of PSG-Nantes

PSG: Donnarumma – Ramos, Marquinhos, Kimpembe – Hakimi, Verratti, Vitinha, Mendes – Messi – Neymar, Sarabia.

Nantes: Lafont – Coco, Castelletto, Girotto, Pallois, Fabio – Sissoko, Chirivella – Blas, Guessand, Simon.

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Welcome to this live commentary to follow the Champions Trophy between PSG and Nantes. The kick-off will be given at 8 p.m. in Tel Aviv.

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