A new disillusionment. This Wednesday, the PSG players still disappointed. If the result is not catastrophic and the Ile-de-France residents are (almost) sure to be in the round of 16, it is the bottom line that is worrying.
In its edition of the day, the newspaper L’Equipe pointed out the beginning of the catastrophic meeting of the Parisians. “Invited to” play better “by Leonardo, its sporting director, and most observers disappointed with its minimalist expression, PSG showed nothing, or almost, during the entire first period”, begins the daily sports. “But he returned to the locker room leading 2-1 and could even have had a two-goal lead if Mbappé had not seen, after his 45th minute + 1 raid, his shot deflected by Gulacsi, the Leipzig goalkeeper . Previously, Paris, totally disorganized, was jostled by the Germans, more just and more biting. “
Eurosport perfectly sums up the Parisian ills. “It was once again a match that looks a lot like this Parisian team”, our colleagues say. “Never serene, Paris Saint-Germain came close to the correctional, then led 2-1 before being caught on a penalty conceded by Presnel Kimpembe in stoppage time (2-2). It’s a blow stop for Paris which sees City pass in front of him. “
Present in the program After Foot, Daniel Riolo knocked out the PSG after his performance against the Germans. “It’s a tactical mush”, he began. “And yet, I thought the 3-1 was going to happen. They have had so many situations to do it. Mbappé, he played in Moon Boots and Neymar in ski boots, their feet were so heavy. Since the stars failed to materialize the actions against, the Parisians remained suspended at this 2-2. And he fell “, concluded the columnist.
A defense that worries
Offensively, the Parisians have a real armada. But they are still failing to harness all of this enormous potential. Above all, if Paris coughs, it is mainly because of its permeable defense. One statistic perfectly illustrates this state of affairs. Since the start of its European campaign, PSG have conceded an average of six shots on target per game. Of the 32 teams competing in the competition, four teams suffer more with Bruges, Besiktas, Sheriff Tiraspol and Malmö. Conversely, Chelsea is the best student in the class with a shooting average of less than 1 (0.75) ahead of Bayern Munich (1.75) and Juventus Turin (2).
At the level of the Expected Goals, PSG should have taken … 2.14 goals per game this season. The capital club is also the 26th club in the ranking of clubs which leave the most opportunities for opponents. Only Tiraspol, Leipzig, Benfica, Malmö, Bruges and Besiktas do worse. Despite all these worrying figures, PSG have conceded only five goals in four games. A total more than acceptable.
One player perfectly personifies the defensive problems of Pochettino’s men: Kimpembe. “Besides his pumps, the defender made an avoidable foul in stoppage time which cost his team two points.” He will need rare mental strength to recover from this evening. His final fault changes everything (90th). His start to the match had also looked like a nightmare “, estimates L’Equipe which gives it the worst score with a 3/10.
The Parisian says that “‘Presko’ has fallen back into his own.” For his part, Opta explained that after this gross mistake, “The 26-year-old Parisian defender (197 games since 2014) has become the PSG player who conceded the most penalties in the capital, tied with Thiago Silva. Spoiled.” Especially since Kimpembe played … half as many matches as El Monstro.
In an interview for So Foot, Didier Domi felt that his former club “had no style”. “Overall, collectively, it was again insufficient, but what is worrying, it is also certain individual performances. I am thinking of Presnel Kimpembe, who was not developed in his covers. Once again, we have had a PSG reaction, and in the end, this whole match only hinges on a turning point: André Silva’s penalty was stopped by Donnarumma. It’s a shame to always be on the edge of the precipice before reacting. “
From a statistical point of view, PSG are second in their group in C1 with 8 points, four more than Club Brugge, and are first in Ligue 1. But there is still a lot of work to be done before definitively convincing the observers.
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“No style”, “the nightmare Kimpembe”, “Mbappé in Moon Boots”: the PSG has again disappointed the French press