Calvary continues and the infirmary fills for the PSG. After Neymar, it is Edinson Cavani and Thomas Meunier who will be unavailable for the shock against Manchester United.
The Uruguayan “Matador” was to secure Paris offensive on Tuesday, February 12 with Kylian Mbappé and Angel Di Maria at Old Trafford, in a role of finisher. Cavani absent, it is the best Parisian scorer of early 2019 (7 goals) that disappears.
The possible substituts?
Replacement options are rare. There is Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, but the Cameroonian, author of a small goal in L1 who played only 50 minutes in the Champions League this season, disappoints at every appearance. Another solution would be to put Julian Draxler in the middle in an offensive task, in support of Mbappé, only in point.
It’s as if the spell is hounding
As if that was not enough, the PSG will also have to do without its right side Thomas Meunier, injured against Bordeaux on Saturday. The Belgian international needs to “rest until the next neurological inspection at the end of the week,” said the club Sunday.
Ange GR, IEJ2C, Group 2
The tennis federation ATP apologises because of the ceremony of the Next Gen Finals of Milan, as it was judged as sexist.
On Monday, 6th November, a random draw was supposed to determine in which group the players would be placed for the tournament. However, the draw was rather original: the players had to choose a woman who had a letter on her skin or on her clothes. In this case, the South Korean player Hyeon Chung had to remove a glove with his tooth to discover in which group he would figure. Some players were extremely embarrassed. Moreover, the ceremony has been commented negatively on social media, the former n°1 world player Amélie Mauresmo wrote this word : “Disgrace!” to show her anger. In addition, Alizée Cornet, former n°12 world player wrote: “Good job ATP! Supposed to be a futurist event right ? #backtozero”.
So ATP and Red Bull, the event’s sponsor, presented their apologies in an announcement : “ATP and Red Bull apologise for the offence caused by the draw ceremony for the Next Gen ATP Finals. The intention was to integrate Milan’s rich heritage as one of the fashion capitals of the world. However, our execution of the proceedings was in poor taste and unacceptable.”
Pierrick Levallet, IEJ 1D
Girona, Carles Puigdemont’s favorite club, defeated Real Madrid in a game played on Sunday 29th October. The final score was 2-1 for the Catalan club. It was a big surprise, as Real Madrid was certain to win this game and lost against a “small” team. It’s important to know that Girona just moved to La Liga this season, and had beaten the club which won the Champions League last season. And so, Madrid are now 3rd of La Liga whereas they could be closer to the FC Barcelona in the ranking.
This game had also a political meaning as the situation in Catalonia gets more and more complex. Catalan people want independance for Catalonia but Madrid’s government is against it. They’ve put the region under trusteeship and removed Carles Puigdemont from the Head of Catalonia. This football game is a representation of the issues of the country. A Catalan club faced Madrid just as the Catalonians confront the rest of Spain for the future of their country.
Pierrick Levallet, IEJ 1D
After 111 years and 18 defeats, the national squad of Ireland has beaten down All Blacks in Chicago, Saturday. It is the first time that the Irish players won against New-Zealand (40-29). In the same time, they have stopped the unbelievable series of world’s champions (18 victories). Their last loss dates back to August 2015 in Australia.
Ireland received a standing ovation from the stadium of Chicago. The team dominated their opponents in every field, Steve Hansen, headcoach of New-Zealand was very angry about that : “Ireland played better than we did and deserved to win!”
Ireland won 33-8 at the half-time ! All Blacks have reacted with 27 points in 12 minutes but with encouragements of the public, Robbie Hershaw marked the point of victory at four minutes from the end, to finish on a 40-29 historical game.
It is the second time that the Stadium of Chicago could see a historical moment this week. The club of baseball, Chicago Cubs have won for the first time the title on World Series Championship after 108 years of waiting.
By Icapi Gaetan, IEJ 1D