Live ticker Paris Saint-Germain – OGC Nice (Coupe de France 2021/2022, Round of 16)



Although there are some greats on the pitch at PSG, especially on the offensive, little or nothing has worked with Maurizio Pochettino’s star ensemble so far.



The Nicois are getting bolder by the minute. PSG are increasingly leaving the field to the guests and must know how to protect themselves against the rolling waves of Nice. Above all, the fast full-backs are actively involved in the offensive.



OGCN also comes right near the penalty area! In the middle, Schneiderlin has an eye for Boudaoui on the right, who beats Mendes with the acceptance and moves to the penalty area. His low return to the edge of the box lands on striker Gouiri, who takes the ball directly from 16 yards out with his right, but misses it properly, causing the shot to roll just wide of the left of the post.



Now the guests get a little air. PSG let them calm down the game and allow the Nicois the first phase of possession.



Nice feels very comfortable in this wait-and-see role. Les Aigles don’t have to put in much effort to keep Paris out of their own penalty area so far.



Now PSG is a little faster and more direct on the left side. Draxler, Herrera and Mendes work together to get the first corner, but it is defused at the first post by Dolberg.



Thuram is again on his way over the center line after winning the ball with seven-league boots and again he is looking for the starting Kluivert on the left. In this case, however, Dagba doesn’t let himself get it again and blocks the winger confidently.



Although PSG has a lot of the ball, it is just as noticeable how disciplined and safe the eagles from Nice have been acting so far. If they manage to switch quickly after winning the ball, as they have just done, it can be dangerous.



The Nicois’ first relief attack runs through Thuram, who drives the ball through the center and sends Kluivert to the left in the direction of the penalty area. The ex-Leipziger dances out Dagba with a feint, moves to the baseline and checks Donnarumma with a sharp half-high cross close to the goal. But the keeper is wide awake and safely catches the marble.



As is usual for a Messi, Messi takes on the role of the playmaker, picking up the ball sometimes in the half-court, but sometimes even at the back of the central defenders.



PSG pushed the guests from Nice far back into their own half early on. The Nicois have to counteract immediately.



Kimpembe leads the ball on the center line and sends Icardi down to the left. There Todibo attacked the striker very rudely and separated him from the ball. After winning the ball, he still hits the Argentine with his foot on the fibula. Referee Pignard escapes this foul, which is worth yellow in any case.



Jérémie Pignard is the referee of this game and he is now blowing the whistle for this cup cracker on Monday evening! Nice is dressed all in white, the Rouge et Bleus from Paris wear the black dress. Here we go!


By the way, the winner of this game meets Olympique Marseille in the quarter-finals! The draw has already taken place ahead of this last remaining round of 16. Regardless of the outcome of this top game, a real cracker awaits in the next round. A southern derby between Nice and Marseille or the classic between PSG and OM.


Statistically, not too much speaks for the guests from Nice. In 75 competitive games with PSG, Les Aigles lost 32 times, while winning only 21 games themselves. The last meeting with Paris at the beginning of December should be encouraging. At that time, the red-blacks won a point against the league leaders and even kept a clean sheet against the star offensive of the capital club at 0-0. Nevertheless, it will be an extremely difficult task away from the record cup winners. Paris has lifted the coupe fourteen times since it was introduced – no club has won the trophy so often.


Sure – Nice is in great shape, but that’s also true of the heavyweight PSG at the moment! The Parisiens have been unbeaten in the league since early October 2021 and that streak is set to continue in the Coupe de France, which could see them qualify for their eighth consecutive final. Coach Pochettino has to do without some Africa Cup and South America drivers, but you can hardly see that in today’s starting eleven. Messi is making his starting XI comeback after playing part-time in the weekend’s win against Stade Reims, while Herrera, Kimpembe, Dagba, Donnarumma and Draxler are new additions to the starting XI. Meanwhile, Ramos’ injury woes continue, and he’s now suffering from a muscle injury in his right calf. Mbappé initially only sits on the bench, although he is a proven expert in the cup – 22 goals and eight assists in just nineteen games speak for themselves.


“All the best possible in a coupe!” – Anything is possible in the cup, stressed Morgan Schneiderlin from Nice in front of this cup cracker, who is back on the pitch from the start today. The Nicois are in excellent shape and are currently the closest PSG pursuers in the league in second place. Morgan Schneiderlin are new in the starting XI after the 2-0 win over Metz keeper Marcin Bułka and ex-Leipziger Justin Kluivert. The Nice eagles will be missing supports Pablo Rosario (thigh) and Calvin Stengs (sprained ankle).


Welcome to the Coupe de France round of 16 top game between Paris St. Germain and OGC Nice! Kick-off is at 9:15 p.m.!


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