PSG looks to win French league title with depleted squad
After running away at the top of the standings all season, Paris Saint-Germain has found it hard to wrap up its eighth French league title.
PARIS (AP) — A rare goal from Marco Verratti combined with strikes from Kylian Mbappe and Daniel Alves helped Paris Saint-Germain advance to the French Cup final for the fifth consecutive year...
Italy’s youth movement shines in 2-0 win over Finland
UDINE, Italy (AP) — Italy came away with hope for the future after Nicolo Barella and Moise Kean scored their first international goals in a 2-0 win over Finland to open European Championship...
PARIS (AP) — It was the managerial equivalent of missing an open goal.
With a golden opportunity to address what's going wrong at Paris Saint-Germain, coach Thomas Tuchel sent the ball wide...
PSG fans have cause to worry ahead of Manchester United game
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain fans were no doubt brimming with confidence about facing Manchester United when the Champions League draw was made nearly two months ago.
Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe were scoring with ease, Marco Verratti was pulling the strings in midfield, and the club had secured impressive back-to-back wins against Liverpool and Red Star Belgrade to qualify for the last 16 at Napoli's expense.
PSG facing injury crisis ahead of Man United match
PARIS (AP) — Facing a rampant Manchester United side in the Champions League was already a tough enough prospect for Paris Saint-Germain.
Tuesday night's match in chilly northwest England now looks a daunting one amid an ongoing injury crisis.
PSG will be without the world's most expensive player Neymar and possibly 192-goal, all-time club leading scorer Edinson Cavani against a revitalized United side unbeaten under its new coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Frustration for Paris Saint-Germain as transfer window shuts
PARIS (AP) — Transfer deadline-day ended in frustration for Paris Saint-Germain with the failure to sign midfielder Idrissa Gueye from Premier League club Everton.
Paris Saint-Germain signs Leandro Paredes from Zenit
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain has signed Argentina midfielder Leandro Paredes from Zenit St. Petersburg, and can use him in the Champions League.
PSG says Paredes signed a 4½-year contract . The transfer fee was not disclosed.
Champions League clubs can register three January signings, so Paredes is eligible to play against Manchester United in the last 16 on Feb. 12 and March 6.
With Verratti out, PSG coach Tuchel needs Rabiot back now
PARIS (AP) — PSG coach Thomas Tuchel needs Adrien Rabiot back in his team — and soon — because an injury to Marco Verratti has left the French league leader seriously short of options in midfield.
With three weeks to go until Paris Saint-Germain faces Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 game, Verratti's injury has come at a bad time.
PSG’s Verratti has sprained left ankle, set for more tests
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has sprained his left ankle and further tests will determine whether he will miss the Champions League game against Manchester United next month.
Verratti limped off in the first half of league leader PSG's 9-0 win against bottom club Guingamp on Saturday and was taken to hospital. Coach Thomas Tuchel said after the game he feared Verratti could be out for a few weeks.
Cavani and Mbappe score 3 each as PSG routs Guingamp 9-0
PARIS (AP) — Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe scored hat tricks as league leader Paris Saint-Germain crushed bottom club Guingamp 9-0 on Saturday.
Neymar netted twice while Thomas Meunier was also on target as PSG avenged Guingamp's League Cup quarterfinal win earlier this month .
PSG coach Tuchel needs more backing in drive for discipline
PARIS (AP) — Only days after he stood up to key players for turning up late to a team talk, another incident underlined how Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel needs greater backing from his club over disciplinary issues.
Tuchel felt let down by midfielder Marco Verratti, who was stopped by police for driving over the alcohol limit late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
Mbappe and Neymar score as PSG beats Lille for 12th win
PARIS (AP) — Kylian Mbappe scored a spectacular goal and then set up Neymar as runaway French league leader Paris Saint-Germain won at home to second-place Lille 2-1 on Friday.
PSG's 12th straight win from the start of the season is a record for the top five European leagues, beating Tottenham's 11 opening wins in 1960 in England.
PSG coach Thomas Tuchel picked midfielder Marco Verratti, who was stopped by police this week for driving over the alcohol limit.
PSG midfielder Marco Verratti stopped by police
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain says midfielder Marco Verratti was stopped by police this week for driving over the alcohol limit.
PSG says Verratti was "subjected to a roadside check in his car, which showed a blood alcohol level higher than the limit allowed for drivers on probation" after recently obtaining their driver's license.
PSG playing with more intensity under Tuchel
PARIS (AP) — While Neymar grabbed the headlines for his Champions League hat trick, something else caught the eye of Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel during the 6-1 rout of Red Star Belgrade.
Going through the statistics of Wednesday's game, he found one very much to his liking. Tuchel was thrilled to see PSG had won 71 percent of their tackles in the first half. Although it was achieved against mediocre opposition, it underlined the relentless intensity he is trying to instill.
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti will miss the rest of the season after having an operation on his adductor tendons.
PSG says the recent operation "went perfectly well" and the date was chosen in order for him to be ready for the start of next season.
Italy did not qualify for the World Cup in Russia, giving Verratti time to rest.
Italy coach Ventura faces key changes for Sweden playoff
MILAN (AP) — The sight of Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne being brought on for the final 15 minutes of Italy's World Cup playoff in Sweden was a welcome one for away fans.
With Italy trailing 1-0 in the first leg, the Azzurri desperately needed the creative skills of the 26-year-old Insigne.
But fans and even the Italy players themselves were bemused when Insigne took up Marco Verratti's central midfield role.
Zaza, Florenzi back in Italy squad for World Cup playoff
MILAN (AP) — Simone Zaza and Alessandro Florenzi are back in the Italy squad for the first time in a year, and there was also a surprise call-up for Jorghino for the World Cup playoff against Sweden.
Zaza was recalled on Saturday after eight goals in the striker's last seven league games for Valencia. Roma's Florenzi returned after twice rupturing the ACL in his knee.
Italy held by Macedonia 1-1, almost into World Cup playoffs
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Italy all but secured a qualifying playoff spot for next year's World Cup but it was booed off the pitch after drawing with Macedonia 1-1 on Friday.
Defender Giorgio Chiellini gave Italy the lead shortly before halftime but Macedonia leveled through substitute Aleksandar Trajkovski with 13 minutes remaining.
Italy relying on Immobile to reach 2018 World Cup
MILAN (AP) — Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura believes not qualifying for the World Cup would be "a catastrophe," while midfielder Marco Parolo says the Azzurri have "an obligation" to reach next year's tournament in Russia.
But there is a very real chance that when the tournament kicks off on June 14, it will be without the four-time champion.
Injured De Rossi and Pellegrini replaced in Italy squad
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Roma midfielders Daniele De Rossi and Lorenzo Pellegrini pulled out of the Italy squad on Monday for World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Albania.
Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura called up midfielders Roberto Gagliardini and Bryan Cristante. It is a maiden call-up for Cristante.
Injured Verratti out of Italy squad, replaced by Barella
MILAN (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has pulled out of the Italy squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Albania.
He was replaced by the uncapped Nicolo Barella.
Verratti played 79 minutes of Saturday's 6-2 win over Bordeaux before he was taken off with an unspecified injury.
It is a maiden call-up for the 20-year-old Barella. The Cagliari midfielder only made his debut for Italy's under-21 side last month.
Nouveau riche PSG takes on 5-time champion Bayern Munich
PARIS (AP) — Five years ago, playing Bayern Munich at home would have been a season highlight for most of Paris Saint-Germain's squad.
Now that PSG has transformed into a team of mega stars, the French league club is the favorite ahead of Wednesday's Champions League game at the Parc des Princes.
"We need to enjoy this game, because this is one of the first times that I feel we are on an equal foot with Bayern Munich," PSG midfielder Marco Verratti said. "It's the result of five years of work."
PSG signs Spanish defender Yuri Berchiche
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain has finalized its first signing of the summer by hiring Spanish left back Yuri Berchiche from Real Sociedad.
PSG said in a statement on Friday that Berchiche is contracted through June 2021.
PSG was looking for a replacement for Maxwell, who retired at the end of the season. Berchiche will be competing with Layvin Kurzawa for a starting spot.
PARIS (AP) — Amid mounting tension at Paris Saint-Germain following its humiliating Champions League thrashing by Barcelona, the club has refuted reports saying two players were in a nightclub 48 hours before the 6-1 defeat, and launched a stinging attack on a leading newspaper.
In the first of strongly worded club statements on Friday, PSG said it was an "insult to their professionalism and to the club" to allege players were in a nightclub.
PSG player gets unusual yellow card for ‘trickery’ with ball
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti was given an unusual yellow card on Saturday for anti-sporting behavior known in the game as "trickery" after dropping to his knees and using his head to send the ball trickling back to his goalkeeper.
Draxler scores again as PSG wins 1-0 at Rennes
PARIS (AP) — Winger Julian Draxler's second goal in as many games showed why Paris Saint-Germain signed him as the defending champion won at Rennes 1-0 in the French league on Saturday.
Running onto an astute pass from midfielder Marco Verratti, and without breaking stride, the German curled in a delightful shot from the left of the penalty area into the bottom right corner in the 40th minute.
"It was a great goal," Verratti said. "We needed a player like this."
Pressure increasing on PSG coach Emery after 4th league loss
Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain slipped to its fourth defeat in the French league, losing at Guingamp 2-1 on Saturday in another setback that cranks up the pressure on coach Unai Emery.
With one game left before the winter break, PSG has already lost twice as many league games as it did last season, when it was unbeaten in the league until Feb. 28, won Ligue 1 by a record 31 points, and scored 102 goals for whopping goal difference of +83.