DBasia.news – Paris Saint-Germain had to lose 1-0 to promoted RC Lens in the first Ligue 1 match at Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens, Friday (11/9) early morning Western Indonesian Time. Les Parisien appeared not to be strengthened by a core team that had to step aside because of being positive for Covid-19.
Bulka, 20, tries to pass the ball to his team-mates, but Cameroon forward Ignatius Gango cuts the ball quickly to tuck it into the top corner of the net. Lens's surprise goal came in the 57th minute.
Bulka, who has only played twice in Ligue 1 with PSG, is one of the less experienced players. He got the opportunity because seven PSG players tested positive for Covid-19, including first goalkeeper Keylor Navas, as well as superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Coach Thomas Tuchel was only able to field four players to appear in the Champions League final on 23 August, and was overwhelmed by a highly motivated Lens, playing their first home match in the top flight after five years in Ligue 2.
Lens celebrated the moment in front of 5,000 fans who were allowed to watch live in the stadium as France relaxed lockdowns on sporting events.
PSG started their season quite late than other teams as they reached the Champions League final. PSG's first match against Metz had to be rescheduled and the match against Lens, which was supposed to take place on August 29, is only being played now.
Midfielder Marco Verrati said their defeat was due to a lack of preparation following the Champions League final and the absence of a number of players due to Covid-19.
“I think a lot of factors from this defeat but we tried our best,” said Verrati as quoted by Reuters.
He said it was impossible to ask for better results after just one week of training. PSG players were very tired after the game and the schedule was very strange to him.
“A lot of our players are absent because of the corona virus and we have a lot of young players. The same madness will be there again in three days (against Olympique de Marseille), “
He emphasized that PSG must perform better. Because, this is the El Clasico of France.
“We have three days of training and we have to give a different impression against Marseille because the match means a lot to our supporters,” he concluded.
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