PSG-OM: Lopez or Mandanda, Sampaoli not yet chosen


While Steve Mandanda was the author of a stellar performance against PAOK in Thursday’s Europa League conference, Jorge Sampaoli announced at a press conference this Saturday that he had yet to find a match between him and Pau Lopez for Sunday’s match against PSG. Haven’t decided.


“Let us not forget what Pau has done for us.” When asked at a news conference about the Olympian goalkeeper’s thorny question for the Classic against PSG on Sunday, Jorge Sampaoli was approached again this Saturday. Or suspense maintained, it depends. The Argentine technician, who set up Steve Mandanda in the return match against PAOK in the Europa League conference, believes the legendary Marseille goalkeeper was the author of a good performance.

“Mandanda played very well against PAOK”

“Mandanda played very well, and it is great that the two can be competitive”, admitted one who too quickly put the Frenchman on the bench in favor of Pau López whose footwork was valuable.


The 37-year-old goalkeeper is currently confined to the Europa League conference, where he has played all matches since Om’s transfer there. Facing PAOK, Mandanda allowed his side into the match, despite a poor opening at the start of the game (1–0 win). “Mandanda has always been a great goalkeeper, he demonstrated it again this evening, congratulating Cedric Bakambu at the end of the match. He did a great performance, with a fresh clean sheet. Congratulations to the whole team but special to him.” Mention, he’s come out of it quite well.”

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“Il Fenomeno” has played Marseille’s last three games: two against PAOK and one against Montpellier (2–0) in Ligue 1 last weekend. Will he be fresh for Sunday’s match against PSG at the Parc des Princes? Sampaoli has yet to decide. “We haven’t defined the team for each position yet,” he told a news conference on Saturday. Rongier was also interviewed, admitting that he had “no idea” who would appear under the bar in the classic. “This internal competition has to be valued and it is an asset to us. It is also important to our style of play,” Sampaoli said. Rongier is also happy to have “two very, very high standard goalkeepers” by his side.


There is popular recognition for “Steve”

“There is popular recognition for Steve and the great quality of POW. We must not forget what he has done for us”, recalls the same Argentine technician, who aligned Mandanda against MHSC so that he could continue to face PAOK. Keep it up While the Frenchman is aiming for his 100th career European match, starting against Feyenoord in the semi-finals of the Europa League conference, he has probably also revived competition for the championship. Answer: Sunday at 8 pm. or before ?

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