Paris Saint-Germain – Olympique Marseille: Pochettino Claims His First Trophy With PSG (2-1)
Marseille were passive throughout the first half – perhaps too deferential to a PSG side struggling to find its best form. The slow start did eventually give way to a raucous second half in which Marseille went toe-to-toe with their rival. The result was a dramatic final few minutes, but a match which ultimately ended in another trophy for Paris Saint-Germain.
Tactical analysis and match report by K.T. Stockwell.
It has been a mixed start for Paris Saint-Germain’s new manager Mauricio Pochettino. A draw against underdog Saint-Étienne was inauspicious at best, while a three-nil victory over a wide open Stade Brestois provided some relief to the capital side. The Argentinian manager arrived in Paris with high expectations and little time to resurrect a group that has looked wayward since their Champions League final appearance at the end of last season.
Pochettino has been deferential to a 4-2-3-1 formation and kept faith against Marseille. Marquinhos and Abdou Diallo slotted in at the center-back position and were flanked by Alessandro Florenzi and Layvin Kurzawa. In midfield, the double pivot Two central midfielders next to each other. consisted of Leandro Paredes and Ander Herrera, while Marco Verratti acted as the nominal number ten. Kylian Mbappé took up his usual position on the left flank with Ángel Di María on the opposing wing, while Mauro Icardi featured . . .