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Nîmes-PSG (0-4): Paris crunches the Crocs

The curfew for PSG is not for now. If Paris repeats the performance it achieved this Friday in Nîmes (4-0 victory), the evenings of their supporters confined from this Saturday evening 9 p.m. should be a little shorter. We had sold fear before this meeting with no less than 10 absent on the Parisian side, we were treated to sweat and a good dose of talent. Presnel Kimpembe’s partners stacked up the opportunities in the first period, in front of a stadium in Costières which one still wonders if the gauge of 5,000 spectators did not suddenly swell before the start of the meeting.

Whatever, the fans of Nîmes duly masked were able to see that Kylian Mbappé, for his third match as holder in six days, had lost none of his speed. By losing company to the defense and beating Reynet twice, the 2018 world champion has again proven that Paris can’t do without him right now. With his satisfactory state of form, this is the other reason that led Thomas Tuchel to start him barely two days after his 90 minutes with the Blues in Croatia.

A choice that paid off, since the Bondynois was once again one of the best players of PSG and took care of his brand image by offering his jersey to a kid at the break. Far from his expulsion two years ago in the same stadium after a clash with Téji Savanier.

Lack of precision

The expulsion this time was good for a Parisian but an ex! Formed by the club of the capital, the “Titi” Loïck Landre was logically excluded in the 12th minute for a poorly controlled gesture on Rafinha holder for the first time. This numerical superiority could relativize the performance of Tuchel’s players. But we have already seen teams lose track after finding themselves at 11 against 10. What Paris did not do. On the contrary. Under the impetus of a technically and intelligently safe Rafinha interposed between the lines, the French champion stifled the curled up Crocs.

Of course, the finish despite the scale of the score, embodied by a powerless Moise Kean, will remain the (small) reserve that we could make after this evening when the opportunities have multiplied. We quibble perhaps as much as Paris has touched the posts of Reynet on three occasions. But on the edge of the sidelines, we have seen Thomas Tuchel sometimes get angry with the lack of precision of his troops. The German coach had the impression of reliving the scenario of Reims where his team had been slow to consolidate its success. This is what the capital club will have to focus on before Manchester United’s reception on Tuesday night in the Champions League. Neymar’s return should help.


Half time: 0-1.

Referee: M. Turpin.

Spectators: 5,000.

Goals. Mbappé (32nd, 83rd), Florenzi (78th), Sarabia, (88th).

Warnings. Nîmes: Deaux (7th); PSG: Rafinha (18th), Gueye (20th)

Expulsion. Nîmes: Landre (13th).

Nimes : Reynet – Burner, Landre, Miguel, Paquiez – Fomba (Alhinvi, 85th), Cubas (Martinez, 55th), Deaux – Ripart (c) (Koné, 85th), Roux (Aribi, 68th), Eliasson (Majouga, 85th) . Entr. : Arpinon.

PSG: Navas – Florenzi (Ruiz, 85th), Diallo, Kimpembe (c), Bakker – Sarabia, Paredes (Herrera, 12th), Gueye, Rafinha (Dagba, 58th) – Mbappé (Jesé, 85th), Kean. Entr. : Tuchel.

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