Classico Marseille and Saint-Germain with an Argentinian flavor

On Sunday evening, attention turns to the “Veloderum” stadium, the exciting El Clasico theater with its Argentine flavor, between Marseille, coach Jorge Sampaoli and his traditional rival, Paris Saint-Germain, led by his new star Lionel Messi and coach Mauricio Pochettino, at the top of the eleventh stage of the French Football League.

After he starred and tasted the Clasico of the League several times with his former team Barcelona against his arch-rivals Real Madrid, Messi is playing the taste of the traditional club and the Clasico of France against Marseille, which will be held a few hours after the Clasico of the League at the Camp Nou.

Messi hopes that the Clasico against the southern team will be an occasion to open his goal in the league, similar to what he has done so far in the Champions League, the last of which was his double against Leipzig on Tuesday when he turned the table on the latter and led the Paris club to a 3-2 victory.

The rivalry between the two teams dates back to the early nineties, when Marseille was the dominant force in French football, and for a short period in Europe, where it was the only team crowned with the title of the prestigious continental competition in 1993 at the expense of AC Milan.

These days, Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain excels, winning seven of the last nine titles, taking its yield to nine league titles, the same number that Marseille won. Saint-Germain has also defeated the southern team seven times in the last eight matches between them in the league.

Marseille is seeking to achieve its first victory over Paris Saint-Germain at the “Veloderum” stadium since November 2011, knowing that it defeated the Parisian club in its home, “Parc des Princes” at the beginning of last season (1-0), which is its only victory over its rivals in the last decade. In the last 23 matches in various competitions.

Marseille enters Sunday’s match after its third consecutive draw in the European League, “Europe League”, against Lazio, Italy.

The southern team is counting on its star Dimitri Payet, who scored 10 goals with 10 assists in the league in 2021.

According to the “Opta” statistics website, only two players have achieved the “Double Double” this year, Real Madrid’s French international Karim Benzema (24 goals and 11 assists), and the former French Lyon and Barcelona striker, currently Dutch international Memphis Depay (16 goals and 11 assists). ).

On the other hand, Paris Saint-Germain has hopes for Messi and international striker Kilian Mbappe, as well as an arsenal full of stars, most notably Argentine Angel Di Maria, Italian Marco Verratti, Argentine Leandro Paredes, Senegalese Idrissa Gana Guy and Dutchman Jorginho Wijnaldum.

There is doubt about the participation of the Brazilian star Neymar for not recovering from the injury in the muscles of the calves that prevented him from playing the last two matches of the team, and the Argentine striker Mauro Icardi for family reasons that prevented him from playing the match against Leipzig on Tuesday.

“It’s going to be a special occasion and a tough match,” said Paris Saint-Germain’s Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera, adding, “They are in great shape and there will be more than the usual three points at stake.”

runner-up fight

Angers has the opportunity to take second place from Lens when he is a guest of the injured Saint-Etienne in the last place without any victory, on Friday at the opening stage.

Angers has scored 16 points so far, occupies fifth place, two points behind Lens, who plays with Metz eighteenth on Sunday, while Saint-Etienne has gained only four points against six defeats, and is the only team besides Brest, the nineteenth before the last, who has not tasted the taste of victory so far.

Brest is waiting for a difficult task in the hospitality of the defending champion Lille, who suffers two things this season by receiving four defeats, the last of which was against newly promoted Clermont to the top-flight league 0-1 in the tenth stage, compared to four victories and two draws.

Lille is also suffering in the Champions League competition, where it has two points from two draws in three matches, the last of which was against its guest Seville zero-zero on Wednesday.

Lille is well aware of the difficulty of his task against Brest, who snatched four points out of six last season (win and draw).

Lens is seeking to restore balance after losing to Montpellier in the last stage when it hosts Metz, in order to move away in second place, given the difficulty of the task of its direct pursuers, Marseille and Nice, who hosts Lyon VI on Sunday.

Sunday’s match between Monaco XIII and Montpellier XIII is also highlighted.

In the rest of the matches, Nantes will play on Saturday with Clermont-Ferrand, on Sunday Lorient with Bordeaux, Reims with Troyes, and Rennes with Strasbourg.

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