As the most dominant and famous club from the top league in France, Paris Saint Germain always carries high expectations from themselves, fans and punters throughout the world. As expected they were one of the top favorites to win the International Champions Cup.
However so far in ICC play Paris Saint Germain must be rated as one of the biggest disappointments in the field. In Atletico Madrid there will be no relief as the resurgent team from Spain’s La Liga is one of the toughest and smartest defensive teams in the world. Paris Saint Germain meets Atletico Madrid on Monday morning from Singapore.
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2018 International Champions Cup Paris SG vs. Atletico
Date and Time: Monday, July 30, 2018, 7:30 a.m. ET
Location: National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore
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National Stadium in Kallang, Singapore seats 55,000 fans and has served as one of the main venues for the International Champions Cup this year.
Paris SG Opening Collapse
Bayern Munich had their way in a 3-1 win over Saint Germain in their International Champions Cup opener in Austria. Paris SG started well for new manager Thomas Tuchel as they controlled the first half and were staked to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Tim Weah. However, Bayern Munich Blitzed the second half with three unanswered goals to coast to victory. Not only was the second half collapse stunning in its magnitude but Paris SG will long remember blown opportunities on openings that they failed to capitalize on. Meanwhile relentless Bayern Munich forced three saves on Paris SG.
From Bad to Worse
As bad as the collapse was against Bayern Munich things got even worse for Paris SG in their second ICC Match as Arsenal ran riot in a 5-1 blowout that was an utter humiliation for the French Ligue 1 champions. This match was also played at National Stadium in front of over 50,000 fans. The win was extra sweet for the former Paris SG manager Unai Emery who now leads the Arsenal club. Conversely the terrible performance and second straight defeat has to sting for Thomas Tuchel.
Atletico Madrid Penalizes Arsenal
For Atletico Madrid the International Champions Cup has been a far more successful beginning as they played the famed English Premier League entry Arsenal to a 1-1 draw and then scored a 3-1 win in the penalty session. The match was dominated by good goal keeping on both sides with Jan Oblak making five saves for Atletico Madrid. This of course is nothing new as Oblak is one of the most dominant goal keepers in the world. Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, who has managed the team since 2011, had to be pleased with how his team overcame the oppressive humidity to score the win.
Matchup and Tactics
This match offers a significant contrast in styles with Paris Saint Germain celebrated as one of the best offensive squads in the world. As a matter of fact, Paris SG scored the most goals and had the most possession of any team in Europe’s five major leagues. Up to now in the ICC they have been known for not sacrificing defense while filling the net. Atletico Madrid is unapologetically defensive as they are prone to collapse back and sit deep followed by a countering breakout attack. The tactics have made Atletico Madrid among the most difficult teams to score against anywhere on earth since their 2014-14 championship.
Paris SG vs. Atletico Madrid Free Picks
Paris SG is in terrible form and obviously struggling with its managerial transition. Atletico Madrid is stable, rock solid, and coming off an impressive win in their opener.
Paris SG vs. Atletico Madrid Pick: Bet the money line on Atletico Madrid
Paris SG vs. Atletico Madrid Score Prediction: Atletico Madrid 1, Paris Saint Germain 0
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