Match Today: Paris Saint-Germain vs Nantes 31-07-2022 French Super Cup Final
The first trophy of the French football season is about to await on Sunday as Paris Saint-Germain meet Nantes in the Champions Cup at Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv. The Parisians crowned the Ligue 1 title in the 2021-22 season, but Nantes recorded their rapid rise from the slump with glory in the French Cup. Even a Ligue 1 title couldn't save Mauricio Pochettino's bacon at the Parc des Princes, despite ending the dominance of the French Ligue 1 Lille's short-lived lead on the French game, the Argentine was ordered to walk by the playing board. After their efforts to bring Zinedine Zidane to the club failed, PSG chose to appoint the man who outlasted them in the 2020-21 Ligue 1 title with Lille, and Christophe Galtier's influence in the hot seat was immediately apparent.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Nantes
Meanwhile, Paris played their preliminary round in Japan and racked up three straight wins against Kawasaki Frontale, Urawa Red Diamonds and Gamba Osaka, as well as a 2-0 direct victory on the training ground over Kwifeli FC. Former Nice and Saint-Etienne coach, Galtier, experimented with the 3-4-1-2 method in pre-season in an effort to end PSG's humiliating Champions League exit wave, and the star-studded attack from a Parisian side. Enjoy the new system so far with 13 goals in four pre-season games. The arrival of Nordi Mukele, Hugo Eketiki and Vitinha indicates that new football advisor Luis Campos is already planning for the future, and that winning the eighth Champions Cup since 2013 would be an ideal way for Galtier to start his career at Paris Saint-Germain.
Nantes vs Paris Saint-Germain
While Antoine Compoire, Nantes' head coach, has already been there and done it all before in the PSG dugout, the former Parisien boss is currently making a fuss with Nantes, who added the 2021-22 France Coupe to their trophy collection last season. After Nice ended PSG's defense of the crown, Nantes managed to outmaneuver Gallier-led Aiglon in the final, with Ludovic Blass' penalty kick in the 47th minute enough to push Les Canaris to victory at the Stade de France. At the end of the 2020-21 season, Nantes had to salvage their Ligue 1 position in the relegation promotion qualifiers, but last season Compoire stabilized the ship and led his team to ninth place in the Premier League, while the French Cup also earned them a place in the European League. A mixed set of pre-season results saw Nantes lose to Ganjan and Rennes as they beat Caen and Lorient, and Les Canaris have only two Champions Cup titles to their name, winning the 1999 and 2001 editions.