A demonstrative joy, with a touch of relief and a zest of rooming. PSG players celebrated without restraint their victory against OM in the Champions Trophy, Wednesday in Lens (2-1). “As if they had won the Champions League”, railed André Villas-Boas, the Marseille coach, saying that “the best team lost”. Nothing to mitigate the happiness of Neymar’s partners, delighted to wash away the insult against their rivals, who had trolled them well after their historic success at the Parc des Princes, four months ago in Ligue 1 (0-1).
Alessandro Florenzi took the opportunity to clinch the first trophy of his career, as did Mauricio Pochettino as a coach. The Italian right-back seemed moved at the final whistle, his head glued to Bollaert’s lawn. Before being carried in triumph by its partners.
This prestigious success against the Marseillais also allowed Marco Verratti to enter a little more into the legend. The Italian midfielder, who arrived in the summer of 2012 from Pescara, is now the most successful player in the history of the capital club, ahead of Thiago Silva. With now 26 trophies in the cupboard: 7 championships, 5 Coupe de France, 6 Coupe de la Ligue and 8 Trophée des champions.
Marquinhos will overtake Cavani
Marquinhos also took advantage of the evening to mark the spirits. The PSG captain, at the club since 2013 and his transfer from AS Rome, played his 300th game with the red and blue jersey. What consolidates his status as the 10th most capped player in the history of the club. Has a match from Edison Cavani (301). Mustapha Dahleb (310), Thiago Silva (315) and Bernard Lama (318) are now in his sights.
Marco Verratti, 5th in this ranking, also continues to make appearances with Paris. After this last Champions Trophy, the 28-year-old player is now at 331. Very close to Paul Le Guen and Safet Susic (344). But still a good distance from Jean-Marc Pilorget’s record (435).