Trecker’s Travels Day 2: Allez Paris Saint-Germain


By Jamie Trecker
FOX Soccer

PARIS—The Metro pulled out of Porte St. Cloud with a roar: “Allez Paris! Allez, Allez, Allez Paris!” The chrome cars were draped in red flags and men raced through the compartments, clutching cans of Leffe, singing, hoarse and sweaty: “Trois-un! TROIS! UN!” Their giddiness was understandable for PSG had done the unthinkable: they had knocked off mighty Chelsea, and put one foot into the semifinals of the Champions League.

Wednesday’s win was a high point for this young French club – PSG has only been in existence since 1972 – and signaled that Qatar’s ambitious program is paying immediate dividends. This match was no fluke: the Parisians lacked some skill and technique, with Edinson Cavani spectacularly wasteful, but they more than made up for it in possession and drive. By the end of the game, Chelsea were penned back, swept into their own area by a sea of dark blue shirts.

Jose Mourinho was his usual provocative self after the match: he called Javier Pastore’s brilliant individual goal at the death “a joke;” he said he had played Andre Schurrle because he had “no real strikers,” and when he was was asked if the tie was over, he smiled wanly and said no. His face read: “yes.”

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Zlatan praises Matuidi wonder goal

Blaise Matuidi scored a ridiculous goal for France in their friendly against the Netherlands yesterday. The entire soccer world took notice, and for good reason.

The best way to describe it is a no-look spinning scissor kick, but it’s better if you just watch it:

The stunning strike even caught the attention of PSG teammate and soccer god Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Only Zlatan can get away with talking in third person while complimenting another player. Because Zlatan does what Zlatan wants.


Desperate United to make move for Mata


As we mentioned in this week’s edition of the Rumor Mill, Manchester United are preparing to make a move for Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata, who has been warming the bench for far too long this season. Will the Blues give in to temptation?

It’s a bumper edition today and we have lots of speculation surrounding United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Edinson Cavani, plus lots more all at the click of a button.


French fancy! Could Cabaye be heading to Paris?

Another Yohan Cabaye saga is looming on the horizon. The Newcastle midfielder wanted to join Arsenal in the summer and was fined two weeks’ wages for refusing to play in two matches at the start of the season for which he subsequently apologized. However, PSG have now emerged as a possible winter destination for the France international.

We’ve also got the latest on Liverpool’s pursuit of Basel winger Mohamed Salah, plus much more - just click here.


Man Utd make Cavani top target


Manchester United continue to be linked with the world’s top targets despite not making a signing in the current transfer window. United are biding their time so far and seem reluctant to overpay for second-rate players. Paris Saint-Germain star striker Edinson Cavani is the latest name to be mentioned as a potential signing. According to Sunday’s newspapers, Cavani has emerged as David Moyes’ number one objective.

For this rumor and the rest of Sunday’s transfer gossip, click here.


Man United lines up moves for Hamsik and Lucas

Manchester United boss David Moyes has been spotted throughout Europe watching a number of teams in action eying up some of the continent’s best talent. Rumors circulating say that he’s keeping close tabs on Paris Saint-Germain star Lucas Moura and Napoli’s Marek Hamsik who would be important signings if United are to mount a credible title charge.

For this rumor and more transfer gossip, click here.


Liverpool, Tottenham after Lille forward


Lille forward Solomon Kalou is reportedly growing tired of life in France and is eyeing up a move to a Premier League giant. Lille currently sit third in Ligue 1, only four points off top side Paris Saint-Germain. Lille have a real chance of winning the title, but Kalou may decide he wants to have another crack at the Premier League.

In Monday’s newspapers, Liverpool and Tottenham are eyeing up the Ivorian who left Stamford Bridge in July 2012. 

For this rumor and the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.


Bayern striker Mandzukic on Arsenal’s radar

Nicklas Bendtner’s injury has thrown further into sharp focus Arsenal’s lack of depth in the striker department, so much so that the Gunners have been linked with three forwards in this morning’s UK press. Speculation has surrounded Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata before, but a new name is on the list - Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic.

We’ve also got a very interesting rumor on Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, so just click here to read all about it.


Zlatan: I don’t need trophy to know I’m the best

Ever the model of modesty, Paris Saint-Germain talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic continued his unrivaled track record of humility after PSG’s  2-1 win against Olympiakos.

It’s trophy season, and despite his awesomeness, Ibra isn’t expected to be a finalist for the Ballon d’Or. But that doesn’t matter to Zlatan, as seen in the video above.

Zlatan even managed to get a bit of a rib in on his contemporaries, saying:

No, it’s nothing that I think about. It seems very important for other players, but for me it’s not important. I know what I feel about myself and I know what I think about myself. … I don’t need a trophy to tell myself that I’m the best.

Boom! Another day, another slice of humble pie served up by Zlatan. You’ve got to love him.

(h/t 101GG)