PSG, AS Monaco and FC Metz continued their pre-season preparations over the weekend, all three clubs playing friendly matches on Friday evening.
As PSG, AS Monaco and FC Metz played friendly matches on Friday evening, the Parisians largely dominated Waasland-Beveren (7-0), the side who finished last the Belgian championship in 2019-20.
In front of several thousand fans gathered at the Parc des Princes, Paris Saint-Germain lined up their stars for this match with a special format: four 30-minute quarters. Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi and also Thiago Silva and Marco Verratti, substitutes in last week's 9-0 drubbing of Le Havre, were all starters.
"The most important thing is that we had the opportunity to play four times 30 minutes, to give each player 60 minutes. It was great for us, to increase our work volume. That was the first objective," said Parisian coach Thomas Tuchel.
While the capital club were not worried defensively by a club that could well be playing in the Belgian second division next year, their attacking stars - notably Mauro Icardi - lacked sharpness at times.
It was not until the 20th minute - when the unfortunate Aleksandar Vukotic headed into his own net - that the opening goal was scored. Neymar form the spot penalty (28'), Icardi (47') and Mbappé (60') allowed Paris to reach half-time with a four-goal lead.
In the second half, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting was the leading light for a re-worked PSG line-up, the Cameroon international scoring an express double (65', 67'). Loïc Mbe Soh then added to the scoreline in the last quarter (93').
"We created a lot of chances, we didn't concede any goals and we didn't have any injuries," said Thomas Tuchel. "We have the feeling that the team is very concentrated and that they benefit from working well together. That's good. We want to keep going on Tuesday [against Celtic in a friendly]."
Monaco and Metz off to a good start
Meanwhile, AS Monaco beat Belgian outfit Cercle Brugge 2-0 in their first friendly of the season. Two opening goals from internationals Wissam Ben Yedder and Aleksandr Golovin decided the fate of the meeting between the Monegasques and their subsidiary club.
Ben Yedder met Fodé Ballo-Touré's cross from the left, controlling with his chest before firing in a left-footed shot from the edge of the area (5'). The Russian Golovin doubled the lead with a fine shot from outside the area after dribbling past two opponents (8'). In the second half, however, with a reshuffled team, things were tougher for the principality club.
FC Metz also faced their subsidiary club, RFC Seraing (4-1). Les Grenats were playing the first match of their pre-season against the Belgian D2 club and Ibrahima Niane quickly put Vincent Hognon's players on the right track (8'). FC Metz led by three goals at the break thanks to further goals from Papa Ndiaga Yade and Vincent Pajot. After Georges Mikautadze, a player on loan from Metz, reduced the gap, Les Grenats added a final goal through Opa Nguette.