Paris Saint-Germain

PSG's Kylian Mbappe embraced by pitch invaders dressed as Ninja Turtles

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 03:47:00 PST

After Edinson Cavani's fine finish, PSG supporters invade the pitch dressed as Ninja Turtles as a symbol of Kylian Mbappe's nickname. PSG were joined by a marauding horde of pitch-invading mutants during their 4-1 away win over Rennes in Ligue 1 on Saturday evening. After Edinson Cavani struck the visitors' third goal, three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came bounding onto the pitch to help celebrate. Classic cartoon fans may have noticed that Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo all raced to celebrate with Kylian Mbappe, who has been christened "Donatello" by his PSG teammates due to his supposed resemblance to the Ninja Turtle...

Refreshed Neymar 9/10 as PSG restore their nine-point Ligue 1 lead

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:37:00 PST

Neymar netted a brace while Mbappe and Cavani each added goals as PSG cruised past Stade Rennes. Paris Saint-Germain restored their nine-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 with a 4-1 win away at Rennes on Saturday. Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar -- a self-sufficient MCN -- all scored and assisted from within as Unai Emery's men displayed both their ferocious attack and fragile defence at Roazhon Park. Positives Back in Paris, back in the squad and back in the PSG starting XI, Neymar produced his best performance in months and scored two goals and set up two more. The Brazilian superstar...

Neymar's return is good news for PSG, but leaky defence is real problem

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:12:00 PST

ESPN FC's PSG correspondent Jonathan Johnson discusses Neymar's return to the PSG squad and examines the road ahead for the Brazilian star. PARIS -- Paris Saint-Germain will take to the Roazhon Park pitch on Saturday for their penultimate Ligue 1 fixture of 2017 against Rennes, and Neymar will be back in the fold for the leaders of Le Championnat in Brittany. However, equally as important to the return of their talisman for Unai Emery's men this weekend is that they tighten up in defence after leaking 11 goals in their last eight matches across all competitions. Neymar will be reinvigorated after his suspension for the league win over...

Veterans Angel Di Maria, Dani Alves launch PSG into the quarterfinals

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:28:00 PST

PSG visited Disneyland Paris to travel the park, see the attractions and even pose for a few pictures with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Paris Saint-Germain gained some measure of revenge for their recent Ligue 1 loss away at Strasbourg with a 4-2 win Wednesday to successfully launch their Coupe de la Ligue title defence at Stade de la Meinau. Angel Di Maria, Dani Alves and Julian Draxler all scored as Unai Emery's men marched into the quarterfinals. Positives Considering all of the personnel problems PSG had coming into this one, a relatively straightforward win over a tricky Strasbourg side was a best-case scenario pre-match. The...

PSG must avoid pitfalls of trip to Strasbourg in Coupe de la Ligue

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:51:00 PST

With Real Madrid and PSG set for an intriguing last 16 clash in the UCL, Craig Burley examines what both sides need to do to advance. With Real Madrid and PSG set for an intriguing last 16 clash in the UCL, Craig Burley examines what both sides need to do to advance. PSG visited Disneyland Paris to travel the park, see the attractions and even pose for a few pictures with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Paris Saint-Germain return to Stade de la Meinau on Wednesday night to open the defence of their four consecutive Coupe de la Ligue titles but they'll want to avoid a similar outcome to their most recent visit to Grand Est. Thierry Laurey's Racing side beat the French capital outfit 2-1 in Ligue 1 at the start of this month and Unai Emery's men followed that up with a 3-1 defeat away at Bayern Munich in the Champions League. PSG have since returned to winning ways, beating Lille OSC 3-1 in Le...

Champions League draw will bring best out of Real, PSG, Barcelona, Man Utd

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:08:00 PST

Stewart Robson joins Alison Bender to assess the chances of the five English teams in the UCL round of 16. Alison Bender and Stewart Robson discuss some of the biggest ties of the UCL last 16 draw as Real Madrid face PSG. What an absolutely sensational Champions League draw that was. Certainly the most tantalizing, the most intense and the most promising set of round of 16 contests that I can remember. From the stone-faced reactions of Xabi Alonso each time he drew one of his former clubs or one of his ex-"enemies" from the vase, to the patent delight of Manchester City's Sporting Director Txiki Begiristain when Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain were partnered: it was a smashing little piece of drama. But you...

Neymar has impressed at PSG but there's still work to be done

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:26:00 PST

The FC panel question if Neymar should be more wary on the pitch after a Strasbourg midfielder voiced his desire to hurt the PSG star. On Sunday, PSG's players and their families had their Christmas party at Disneyland Paris. Everyone was there apart from Hatem Ben Arfa, who was ill and probably not in the mood, and Neymar, who had the club's permission to go back to Brazil for "personal reasons." The former Barcelona forward, bought for a world record €222 million last summer, has not gone missing much this season though. Not everything has been perfect, of course, but Neymar's first four-and-a-half months in Paris have...

Transfer Rater: Daniel Sturridge to Valencia, Gianluigi Donnarumma to PSG

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:43:00 PST

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Daniel Sturridge to Valencia - 2.3 Struggling for minutes behind the "Fab Four" reports suggest Sturridge would be willing to move abroad in January to help find...

Champions League draw: Neymar to haunt Real? Chelsea to fall at Barca?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:50:00 PST

With Real Madrid and PSG set for an intriguing last 16 clash in the UCL, Craig Burley examines what both sides need to do to advance. With Real Madrid and PSG set for an intriguing last 16 clash in the UCL, Craig Burley examines what both sides need to do to advance. Alison Bender and Stewart Robson discuss some of the biggest ties of the UCL last 16 draw as Real Madrid face PSG. Stewart Robson joins Alison Bender to assess the chances of the five English teams in the UCL round of 16. With all five English teams advancing to the Champions League knockout stage, Stevie Nicol predicts who'll go all the way. The draw for the Champions League round-of-16 has been made, and there's one clash that stands out as Neymar's PSG take on champions Real Madrid. But there are plenty more storylines to follow. Here's what to watch for. Real Madrid vs. PSG Real's punishment for finishing second in Group H could hardly have been more severe -- a tie that many would have fancied for this year's final and one that will eliminate one of the tournament's super-favourites in one stroke. There is not much head-to-head...

UCL draw: Real Madrid vs. PSG, Chelsea vs. Barcelona, Juve vs. Spurs

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:00:00 PST

The Extra Time crew talk Liverpool's Champions League chances and the round-of-16 draw. The Extra Time crew talk Liverpool's Champions League chances and the round-of-16 draw. The Extra Time crew talk Liverpool's Champions League chances and the round-of-16 draw. The business end of the Champions League starts here. The draw for the round-of-16 has been made, and there's a bunch of intriguing clashes as teams plot their way to the Kiev final on May 26. Here, correspondents covering the remaining 16 teams give their verdict on the clash awaiting their team in the first knockout round, with Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain arguably the highlight. Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain REAL MADRID Real Madrid will not be happy to have got Paris Saint Germain...

Angel Di Maria 7/10 as Paris Saint-Germain do enough to beat Lille

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 11:48:00 PST

PARIS -- Paris Saint-Germain picked up their first win in three matches by beating Lille 3-1 at Parc des Princes on Saturday. Angel Di Maria opened the scoring and then turned provider for Javier Pastore before Anwar El Ghazi halved the deficit, leaving it to Kylian Mbappe to complete the scoring. Positives After defeats away at Strasbourg and Bayern Munich in the space of a few days, it was imperative that PSG responded with a victory over Lille. That is exactly what Unai Emery's men did,...

PSG eager for Parc des Princes return after two straight losses away from home

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 01:04:00 PST

Unai Emery is surprised by the skepticism surrounding PSG, considering they won their UCL group and are dominating Ligue 1. PARIS -- Paris Saint-Germain will find themselves in the strange position of chasing a first win in three matches across all competitions when they host Lille in Ligue 1 at Parc des Princes on Saturday. Not since late 2014 have the French capital outfit lost two consecutive games in any competitions and then, like now, it was a Champions League-Le Championnat combination. Back during the 2014-15 campaign it was a 3-1 defeat at Barcelona followed by a 1-0 loss on the road at tiny Guingamp, this...

Five players we want to see win the 2018 Ballon d'Or, not Ronaldo or Messi

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 11:06:00 PST

Steve Nicol says Cristiano Ronaldo is well deserving of his fifth Ballon d'Or, which now ties him for most all-time with Lionel Messi. Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed his rivalry with Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi is just starting. The 2017 Ballon d'Or is upon us and it's Cristiano Ronaldo who walks away with the prize once more. But who do we want to win the award next year? Not who deserves it, but rather who we'll like to see atop the podium. Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah They really can't be separated this season in terms of form, as goals and assists have flowed for Manchester City and Liverpool, respectively, but they are also part of a special club: the "deemed not good enough by Jose Mourinho" club. As...

FC 100 trio Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Diego Godin talk to ESPN

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 09:41:00 PST

The FC 100 is here! Take a look at who ranks at the top of each position. The FC 100 is here! Take a look at who ranks at the top of each position. The ESPN FC crew all have varying opinions as to who claims top spot in the ESPN FC 100 list of centre-backs. The 2017 ESPN FC 100 was released on Monday and the reactions have been strong around the football world. Wednesday saw Man City and Belgium star Kevin De Bruyne discussing his ranking as the top attacking midfielder in the world. On Thursday, Bayern Munich stars Manuel Neuer (No. 1 goalkeeper) and Robert Lewandowski (No. 1 striker) shared their thoughts with ESPN FC. So too did three of the most prominent South American stars in the list, Luis Suarez (No. 2 striker), Diego Godin (No. 4 centre-back)...

Neymar, Pogba, Coutinho - who'll break Ronaldo, Messi's hold on awards?

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 02:58:00 PST

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo explains what it means to win the 2017 Best FIFA Men's Player Award for a fifth time. The Best FIFA Men's Player award had a familiar look with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar once again sharing the podium when it comes to a top individual prize. Ronaldo walked away with it, again, and no player other than Ronaldo or Messi has won either the Ballon d'Or or FIFA's award since 2007, when Kaka scooped up both prizes for his Champions League-winning exploits with AC Milan. But while it probably won't be at the 2017 Ballon d'Or, the duopoly of Ronaldo, 32, and 30-year-old...

PSG excite with Mbappe, Cavani, Neymar but need to become a team

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 07:14:00 PST

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether PSG should be concerned with their recent run of form. The ESPN FC crew discuss whether PSG should be concerned with their recent run of form. Should Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League group stage campaign be seen as a glass half full or half empty? From their point of view, they see it half full. They lost 3-1 at Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening but they had already qualified and were pretty much assured to top Group B. Their European campaign before that was exceptional, with 24 goals scored and only one conceded, following a 3-0 win over Bayern in Paris as well as hammering Celtic and Anderlecht home and away. For Unai Emery's men,...

Emery tactically outclassed as Alves, Draxler turn in dire displays for PSG

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 05:03:00 PST

Bayern Munich avenged their earlier loss to PSG with a comfortable 3-1 win, while Manchester United came from behind to defeat CSKA Moscow. Bayern Munich get revenge from their 3-0 defeat to PSG on Matchday 2 behind a brace from Corentin Tolisso. Following a defeat to Bayern, the FC crew debate if PSG's second straight loss should be a legitimate cause for concern. Paris Saint-Germain are through to the latter stages of the UEFA Champions League as Group B winners but secured top spot in underwhelming fashion, going down 3-1 away at second-placed Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Kylian Mbappe's early second half strike ultimately helped to prevent a Barcelona-esque continental capitulation but goals from Robert Lewandowski and Corentin Tolisso (two) ensured that the French capital outfit slipped to a second consecutive defeat across all competitions. Positives At...

Transfer Rater: Lucas Moura to Valencia and Iker Casillas to Newcastle

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 07:21:00 PST

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Lucas Moura - Paris Saint-Germain to Valencia - 3.3 Once the subject of a transfer tug-of-war between Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United and PSG, Lucas is now...

PSG can get back on track, finish top of Group B with a result at Bayern

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 03:07:00 PST

The FC panel question if Neymar should be more wary on the pitch after a Strasbourg midfielder voiced his desire to hurt the PSG star. Alejandro Moreno explains how Unai Emery can use PSG's shock defeat at Strasbourg to get the attention of his players. Dani Alves isn't worried about PSG's surprise loss at Strasbourg, opting to refer to the result as an accident. Paris Saint-Germain will take to the Allianz Arena pitch on Tuesday night knowing that a win or even a draw will be enough to finish top of UEFA Champions League Group B. In fact, even a low-scoring defeat (less than PSG's 3-0 victory at Parc des Princes back in late September) in Germany would ensure that the Ligue 1 leaders finish ahead of their German rivals and enter the latter stages in a theoretically more advantageous position. Whatever the result, Unai Emery's men will look back at the...

Di Maria stands out for all the wrong reasons as PSG's unbeaten run ends

Sat, 2 Dec 2017 01:55:00 PST

Alejandro Moreno explains how Unai Emery can use PSG's shock defeat at Strasbourg to get the attention of his players. Strasbourg pulled off a shocking victory over PSG to hand the league leaders their first loss this season. Dani Alves isn't worried about PSG's surprise loss at Strasbourg, opting to refer to the result as an accident. Paris Saint-Germain's unbeaten run across all competitions this season is over after a 2-1 defeat away at Strasbourg on Saturday. Kylian Mbappe cancelled out Nuno Da Costa's opener, but after Stephane Bahoken's second, Unai Emery's men had no answer, even after nine minutes of added time at Stade de la Meinau. Strasbourg Paris Saint-Germain 2 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives There were few, if any, positives for PSG to take from their loss in Strasbourg. However, one thing that cannot be said post-match is that Thierry Laurey's home side did not deserve...

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