First Silverware in Sight for Pochettino

    Paris St. Germain vs Olympique Marseille Preview 13/01/2021

    First Silverware in Sight for Pochettino
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    Attention in France turns to the Trophée des Champions this week and it is contested between the champions of Ligue 1 and the winners of the Coupe de France. The final standings in the 2019/20 Ligue 1 season saw Paris Saint-Germain crowned as the Champions with Marseille finishing in second place.

    With PSG also winning the Coupe de France, the second place finish for Marseille was enough to see them qualify for the Trophée des Champions.

    This match will be played at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens on the 13th of January, with recent games having been staged outside France.

    PSG come into the game having defeated Brest 3-0 at home on the weekend in Ligue 1. That result sees them 1 point behind Lyon in second place in the league. PSG are on a 5 match unbeaten run including victories over Lorient, Strasbourg, and Brest at home, and draws at Lille and Saint Etienne, all in Ligue 1.

    You must go back to the 13th of December to find the last time PSG tasted defeat and that came at home against upcoming opponents Marseille in Ligue 1. That is the only defeat suffered by PSG in their last 11 matches in all competitions.

    They have managed to score 2 or more goals in 7 of their last 10 games and have kept 4 clean sheets in their last 5 matches.

    This game presents the perfect opportunity for new manager Mauricio Pochettino to win his first trophy at PSG.

    Marseille come into the game having been held to a 0-0 draw at Dijon in Ligue 1 on the weekend. That result leaves them in 6th place on 32 points, 7 points adrift of PSG but with two matches in hand.

    The draw against Dijon means Marseille have won only one of their last 5 games, all of which have come in Ligue 1. The victory was at home against Montpellier on the 6th of January.

    Despite the 0-0 draw on the weekend, Marseille have been involved in games with plenty of goals and they have seen both teams score in 5 of their last 6 matches, all of which have come in Ligue 1.

    In fact, only twice in their last 10 games in all competitions have Marseille failed to find the back of the net.

    Team news and PSG are without Thilo Kehrer and Rafinha due to COVID-19. Juan Bernat is out due to an ACL injury and there are doubts over the fitness of Leandro Paredes, Presnel Kimpembe, Danilo Pereira, and Neymar Jr.

    Marseille will be without Luis Henrique due to COVID-19 and have doubts over the fitness of Jordan Amavi and Morgan Sanson.

    This is a huge opportunity for Pochettino, who failed to win a trophy during his time at Tottenham Hotspur. PSG have a great record in this competition having won each of the last 7 Trophée des Champions.

    We expect to see them come out on top again this season in a game that could see both teams score.