Pochettino won the first title of his senior career as a coach after PSG’s victory over Marseille (2-1) in the French Super Cup played this Wednesday in Lens. Goals from Icardi, in the first half, and Neymar, in the second, after coming off the bench, completed a deserved victory for the French champions. The match was the absolute domain of PSG, which did not bear fruit in its dominance in goals. OM wasted their big chance in the 75th minute through Rongier when they were still 1-0.
At halftime, goalkeeper Yohan Pele replaced Mandanda due to injury. Pele, at 38 years and 70 days, is the second oldest player to play for OM after the Moroccan Ben Barek, a former player from the 1950s who played a match for Marseille at 40 years and 319 days. In the second half, the game was encouraged by the entry of Neymar 66, who is just a few minutes caused a yellow to the Spanish debutant Pol Lirola 72 he caused another yellow to also Spanish Alvaro Gonzalez 77 and scored the penalty caused earlier by Icardi 85. Neymar scored his 80th goal in 98 games for PSG.
Icardi was the best of the Parisians with a goal a crossbar that did not enter, and a penalty caused. Alvaro and Neymar had two clashes of Alvaro’s entries recalling the controversy of that defeat in Paris 0-1 in which there were racist episodes and five players were expelled as well as various sanctions for both sides. This time the controversy was not so much because the game ended with that 2-1. When the game was dying Payet reduced the gap for Marseille with a goal in the 89th minute. It was just a mirage because the game did not give much more in addition to the departure of the Spanish Sarabia to the field for the last minutes.
For Pochettino it was the third game in Paris a previous draw and win and his first title as a coach, after losing a couple of finals with Tottenham, although as a player he did win things with Newell’s PSG, and Espanyol. A Trophee des Champions that returned to France since it was played in Bordeaux in 2008. In these years until today’s match in Lens, the very final of the Super Cup has traveled through Canada, Tunisia, Morocco the United States, Gabon, China, and Austria. Also, PSG has won the last eight editions of this tournament and is the top winner of this competition, with 10 titles for Lyon’s eigh