Neymar returns to PSG training ahead of Champions Trophy

Ross Houston
January 14, 2021

However it was Neymar who had the last laugh when he stepped up to score the decisive second goal for PSG from the penalty spot after Icardi was brought down by Marseille's substitute keeper Yohann Pele.

If we combine both teams to receive over one card and PSG to take over three corners we will be presented with an eye-catching even-money play.

Hopes were high for a feisty tussle in Lens after Marseille's league win at PSG in September ended with five red cards and Neymar accusing Marseille centre back Alvaro Gonzalez of racism in the aftermath.

The former Tottenham Hotspur manager will have been pleased by his side's display following a disappointing 1-1 draw at St Etienne on Wednesday in the Argentine's first game in charge since replacing Thomas Tuchel.

The Champions Trophy is the French equivalent of a Super Cup, usually contested at the start of the season by the league champions and French Cup winners.

Mauricio Pochettino celebrated his first victory as Paris Saint-Germain coach on his home debut on Saturday as Moise Kean set the reigning champions on their way to a 3-0 win over Brest, but Lyon remain top of Ligue 1 after drawing at Rennes.

PSG are second at the season's halfway stage, a point behind the leaders and ahead on goal difference of third-placed Lille, who triumphed 1-0 at Nimes.

Nevertheless Pochettino, who played for PSG, called it a "special match, but winning the game nearly matters more than winning a trophy at the end of it".

While Neymar returns, young full-back Colin Dagba on Tuesday became the latest Paris player to test positive for COVID-19 and has joined team-mates Rafinha and Thilo Kehrer in having to isolate.

"Kylian is fully fit and in flawless condition", Pochettino said.

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