DECRYPTION – Everything you need to know before the resumption of Paris-SG, this Monday, at Camp des Loges.
Back to school time at Paris Saint-Germain. While all the other Ligue 1 clubs have already returned to training, starting with Monaco on June 18, the reigning French champions officially start the 2022-23 campaign on Monday. A recovery like no other, after a painful season in many respects, the soap opera Kylian Mbappé and various changes in the organization chart. A breath of novelty breathed by the presidential speech in recent weeks. In the meantime, it’s time to get to work, at Camp des Loges first, before Japan and Israel, for Parisians who are more eagerly awaited than ever.
What program for recovery?
The Red and Blue are expected this Monday at Camp des Loges, most of them in any case (see elsewhere), for a battery of medical and physical tests. Which tests will continue on Tuesday, before the first training session, at 4.30 p.m., behind closed doors. The other working sessions of the week, before enjoying a day off on Sunday, are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., still behind closed doors.
When will the internationals return?
Not all players are in the same boat. In this case, those who played matches with their respective national teams this summer were entitled to an additional week of vacation. They will only be expected in Saint-Germain-en-Laye on July 11. This concerns, for example, the tricolor internationals Kylian Mbappé and Presnel Kimpembe. The first Parisian recruit of the off-season, Vitinha played two matches with the Seleçao in June. The young (22 years old) Portuguese international will nevertheless be part of the first car: he “will live his first moments in his new work environment at the beginning of the week“, we specify. Speaking of the transfer window, the square of the club’s new football advisor, Luis Campos, Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan), Renato Sanches (Lille) and Gianluca Scamacca (Sassuolo) represent the most advanced files. We also talked about Seko Fofana (Lens). As for departures, you probably need to talk more to Antero Henrique. To see if Neymar Jr will be concerned…
What friendly matches on the menu?
After a little less than two weeks of training for the frontrunners, Paris Saint-Germain will have the opportunity to gauge themselves with a first friendly match, on July 15 at Camp des Loges, against US Quevilly-Rouen Métropole. (League 2). The coach of the Norman training is also a well-known figure, Olivier Echouafni, former coach of the women’s section of Paris-SG. No walkabout in sight for Mbappé and company, the meeting will be played behind closed doors. This will be more the case during a two-week internship in Japan. Operation seduction. The Parisians will fly to Asia the day after the game against QRM. On the menu, three new trial runs against local teams, Kawasaki Frontale (Wednesday July 20, 12:30 p.m.), Urawa Red Diamonds (Saturday July 23, 12 p.m.) and Gamba Osaka (Monday July 25, 12 p.m.).
When is the first official match?
The 2022-23 season will start, like last year, in Tel Aviv (Israel). This is where the Champions Trophy will take place between the Parisian French champion and FC Nantes of Antoine Kombouaré, holder of the Coupe de France. Ironically, the Canaries won this title at the expense of OGC Nice of… Christophe Galtier (see elsewhere). To see if, this year again, the Moroccan international Achraf Hakimi will again be hissed by the Israeli public… The pro-Palestinian views of the person concerned had not been to the taste of the local population last year. Still, a week later, on August 5, 6 or 7 at the Gabriel-Monpied stadium in Clermont, the Parisians will begin the defense of their title in L1. First match at the Parc des Princes the following week, against Montpellier. The Champions League? Group draw on August 25 in Istanbul and first day scheduled for September 6 and 7.
Christophe Galtier present at the recovery?
Everything suggests that yes, even if we are still awaiting the press release formalizing his appointment in place of Mauricio Pochettino, sacked after a year and a half on the PSG bench. Previously passed by Saint-Etienne (2009-17), Lille (2017-21) and Nice (2021-22), Christophe Galtier, 55, was also present at Camp des Loges at the end of the week. It is said that the Marseille technician will be presented in his new role on Tuesday.