August 11, 2014, the season already started, the PSG goes to Naples for a friendly match as improbable as scoring. If, sportingly, the Parisians ensure the blow by winning 2-1 at the stadium San Paolo, this meeting has especially left an extra-sporty memory.
A friendly planned … a year before
But what the hell does PSG do in southern Italy when its season in the league has already begun? The answer is to look for the summer of 2012, at the time of the transfer from Lavezzi to Paris. In addition to the transfer, estimated at 28.9 million euros, the agreement between the two clubs provides for a friendly match to be played in the summer of 2013. The Neapolitans finally decide to postpone the meeting, fearing a hostile reaction after the start from … Cavani to France. But a problem of date arises in 2014: to honor its commitment, PSG finds itself forced to accept the only gap proposed by Naples since the end of the Asian tour.
The same morning, in the columns of the Parisien – Today in France, one wonders what reception will book Naples to his former striker, arrived in Paris a year before. The answer is not long: whistles rise in decibels during the game. An infernal bronca ends up accompanying the gestures of the "Matador".
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"We will forget that and I hope PSG fans will give him another welcome," said Laurent Blanc after the match.
Thiago Silva injured
It was the greatest fear of PSG for this game: come back with a wounded. The scenario of the worst occurs in the 13th minute of play. In a race backwards concluded by a failed heel, Thiago Silva is injured behind the right thigh. His face closes quickly and the Brazilian captain understands the severity of the injury. It seemed predictable: three days before, in Reims (2-2) in Ligue 1, Thiago Silva felt pain in this same thigh. He will not return to competition until 21 October in Nicosia (Cyprus) in the Champions League.
David Luiz and Serge Aurier, first!
Perhaps the only good news (with the victory) of the evening: the new Parisian recruits made their debut. The Brazilian, holder in central defense, and the Ivorian, right-lined, "have been excellent", will ensure Laurent Blanc in post-match conference. 78 full minutes for both players, replaced in the last 15 minutes by Zoumana Camara and Gregory Van der Wiel.