Monaco-PSG (3-2): a serious warning for Paris

The sweetness of the Côte d’Azur therefore has many virtues for the head and legs. On this Friday evening of November in the light of spring, Monaco served in Paris the appropriate detox cure before facing Leipzig on Tuesday evening at the Parc des Princes. This Paris that we know lame, because handicapped by packages and repeated injuries, has indeed been entitled to the battery of tests and all the necessary booster shots four days of the chopper match that awaits it against Nkunku and his gang on the occasion of the fourth day of the Champions League.

For the first time since its chaotic setback in front of Marseille at the Parc des Princes on September 10 (1-0), the PSG made a cross on three domestic points and let slip a ninth success in a row in Ligue 1 on the lawn of the ASM (3-2). Paradoxically, it is hard to believe that this is bad news for Thomas Tuchel’s troops, as the Monegasques have called them to order, as a mistress would have done with bad kids who did not repeat their lessons .

The international break, the packages of Verratti, Icardi, Draxler, Gueye, Kehrer, Bernat and Herrera, affected in training, are not enough to explain the performance of the champion of France still too connected to alternating current. No more than the change of system – from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 -, the return of (very disappointing) Danilo in the middle, the random defensive efforts of Sarabia and Di Maria and the incredible technical errors can not accredit the variations of implications and concentration of a formation supposed to prepare the most important meeting of its start of the season.

Neymar hasn’t changed anything

Certainly Paris recalled that it benefited from a rare offensive power. That Kylian Mbappé, author of his 98th and 99th goals in the Paris jersey, was a devil who could, almost on his own, make Paris travel in first class on all the grounds of France and Navarre. But Bondy’s machine, as talented as it is, cannot carry Paris on its shoulders alone.

When success eludes him, the VAR deprives him of his 100 shot on the lawn of his training club, the referee denies Moise Kean a goal that seemed valid, the rest of the team must take over , not the broth. Yet it is the second solution which, this Friday, sank this defensive block at bay. The entry of Neymar, at the hour of play, did not change anything. No more than the high class parades that Keylor Navas had put out at the start of each period and that he could not reproduce, against Volland, author of a double and on the penalty of Fabregas.

Thomas Tuchel was therefore right to erect, Thursday, Monaco as the most dangerous opponent in France for PSG. The German technician had perhaps forgotten to specify that the worst enemy of Paris was undoubtedly Paris. A Paris which if it reproduces the same type of performance Tuesday at the Parc des Princes has no chance of seeing the knockout stages of the Champions League.


Half-time: 0-2.

Referee: M. Turpin

Goals. Monaco: Volland (52nd, 65th), Fabregas (84th sp). PSG: Mbappé (25th, 37th sp).

Warnings. Monaco: Fofana (35th), Fabregas (87th). PSG: Danilo (20th), Kimpembe (88th).

Exclusion. PSG: Diallo (82nd).

Monaco: Mannone – Matsima, Disasi (cap.), Badiashile, Ballo (Caio Henrique, 46th) – Diop (Jovetic, 90th + 2), Fofana, Tchouameni (Luís, 90th + 1), Volland, Gelson Martins (Matazo, 90th +5) – Geubbels (Fabregas, 46th). Entr. : Kovac.

PSG: Navas – Dagba, Diallo, Kimpembe (cap.), Kurzawa (Bakker, 68th) – Di María (Neymar, 60th), Danilo (Ruiz-Atil, 68th), Sarabia, Rafinha – Mbappé (Paredes, 68th), Kean . Entr. : Tuchel.

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