Coupe de France: PSG qualified for the semi-finals, what to remember about his performance one week before the half against Manchester City

The Brazilian Neymar in the pincers of Angers, April 21, 2021 at the Parc des Princes.
PSG won against Angers (5-0) and qualified for the semi-finals of the Coupe de France.

Paris-Saint-Germain did not force their talent but they provided the essentials against Angers in the quarter-final of the Coupe de France on Wednesday April 21. The Parisians easily won at the Parc des Princes (5-0) thanks to goals from Neymar and Mauro Icardi, back from injury and author of a hat-trick. Pochettino’s men qualify for the semi-finals of the Coupe de France, a week away from the shock against Manchester City in the semi-final of the Champions League.

The Argentinian had already made a very noticeable comeback on the lawns of Ligue 1, after a month of absence for an ankle injury. He offered the victory to PSG against Saint-Etienne in stoppage time (3-2) Sunday, April 18. Holder at the forefront of the attack on Wednesday, Mauro Icardi once again shone by scoring a hat-trick and showing that he is indeed back one week from the shock against Manchester City.

From the 9th minute of play, the Parisian striker was at the conclusion of a great collective action initiated by Neymar, before Draxler offered him a deep pass so that he only had to deceive the goalkeeper. Angevin. In the second period, he was at the reception of a center of genius from Angel Di Maria who came to drop the ball on his head thanks to a blow from the scarf (68th), before registering a hat-trick with a volley at the very end of the match (90th).

Facing the Angers SCO, Neymar was omnipresent in the absence of the other star of Paris-Saint-Germain, Kylian Mbappé. The Brazilian was in all the right places: at the origin of the opening of the score but also of the second goal against his camp of defender Vincent Manceau. The star of PSG then managed to get there from his goal (65th), on his momentum of his “masterclass” against Bayern Munich in the Champions League where he had been the great architect of the qualification of Paris-Saint-Germain.

This Wednesday, Mauricio Pochettino had decided to turn while Paris-Saint-Germain currently play two games a week and he must face Manchester City in the semi-final of the C1 in a week. In this context Kylian Mbappé was preserved but also Presnel Kimpembe, captain against Bayern Munich or Marco Verratti. The replacements nevertheless held out against weak Angevins even if the Kherer-Danilo hinge showed some signs of feverishness.

Although PSG won with a river score, the Parisian defense showed many signs of nonchalance. The players left a lot of space, allowing the Angevins to be dangerous on the goal of Sergio Rico in particular through Vincent Monceau, lonely at the far post but who was shooting far from the frame. In the second half, it took a nice tap from the Parisian goalkeeper on the recovery of Mangani to avoid the reduction of the score.

For a long time in this match, Paris-Saint-Germain seemed to rest on its laurels after taking the break. Mauricio Pochettino’s players have shown very little inspiration, sometimes forgetting simplicity. After Neymar’s third goal, Angers sank and the Parisians took the opportunity to offer several very high class goals. But if they have found their football, it is mainly because the Angevins did not hold out.

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