Mauricio Pochettino is coming into the role of Paris Saint-Germain’s new manager with high expectations. This is a PSG team that is coming off of a run to the UEFA Champions League final last season. And over this season, the side currently sits in third place in the Ligue 1 standings.
But in just his third game with the team, Pochettino will have an opportunity to ease off some pressure.
PSG is slated to take on Olympique de Marseille in the Trophee des Champions final on Jan. 13. This is France’s version of the super cup, which is relatively common across the continent. This final typically pits the Ligue 1 and Coupe de France winners from the previous season. But for this year’s Trophee de Champions final, since PSG won both trophies last season, Pochettino’s side will face Marseille in the final since the latter side finished in second place in the league table over the last campaign.
There will be plenty of storylines to watch in this final, including the fact that Pochettino will have a chance to win his first trophy as a manager. The Argentine manager went trophyless during his stints with Espanyol, Southampton, and Tottenham. Pochettino did at the least reach two finals during his time at Tottenham, including the Champions League final.
More so, this will be the first meeting between PSG and Marseille since their tense-filled fixture earlier this season. Marseille won the match and snapped its lengthy winless streak against PSG, but the fixture itself is most known for Neymar alleging that defender Alvaro Gonzalez used racist language against him during the contest.
Overall, PSG has won seven straight Trophee des Champions finals.
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