Xavi Simons took advantage of PSG’s victory in Caen (Ligue 2), Wednesday in the 32nd of the Coupe de France (1-0), to play his first professional match. The 17-year-old midfielder, a former great Barça prospect, entered with a quarter of an hour to go. An inevitably special moment for him.
There are those who pray, those who hope and those who keep their fingers crossed. But all of Paris is feverishly awaiting news from Neymar. The n ° 10 was injured during the victory of PSG in Caen on Wednesday in the 32nd of the Coupe de France. Hit in the adductor in the second half, the Brazilian artist returned directly to the locker room. Before leaving the Michel d’Ornano stadium with a low limp after the match. What create a huge concern less than a week to face FC Barcelona at Camp Nou, next Tuesday, in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League (9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1).
A rather timid baptism
What also relegates everything else to the background. Starting with the victory in Normandy thanks to a goal from Moise Kean, very prominent in this match (0-1). But also the great beginnings of Xavi Simons. About twenty minutes after the exit of Neymar, Mauricio Pochettino decided to offer the 17-year-old midfielder his first minutes in the professional world.
After replacing Leandro Paredes in the 78th, the star of the PSG training center has positioned himself as the left torchbearer. With Idrissa Gueye behind him. No doubt a little impressed, the young Dutchman was very discreet during the quarter of an hour he spent on the pitch. Some discounts and few balls affected in the end. Nothing very striking. Xavi Simons was still able to see the efforts he will have to make to grow physically.
“I am a little moved”
Not enough to spoil his happiness this time. After the meeting, the former great hope of FC Barcelona confided his joy on the site of the club in the capital. “It’s a very special moment for me and I hope there will be many more in the future, he said in English. It’s always special to play your first game. I I’m a little moved. But by playing like that, the Cup adventure can continue. “
Almost 18 years old (end of April), Xavi Simons is already showing quite an impressive reputation. The teenager has 3 million followers on Instagram, where he communicates a lot with his fans. “Proud to have made my debut,” he posted in the evening, above a photo of himself clapping Paredes’ hands.
PSG’s Twitter account also congratulated him with a special message. “Thank you very much”, replied the player with the blond hair, snatched at the Masia in 2019. After attending several matches on the bench, the native of Amsterdam is now awaiting his first appearance in Ligue 1. Why not on Saturday at Parc des Princes, opposite OGC Nice (5 p.m.)?