Despite nine players on the flank due to suspension (Kurzawa, Di Maria, Marquinhos), injury (Icardi, Draxler, Verratti, Kehrer, Bernat), Covid protocol (Danilo) and a Neymar left to rest, it is a competitive starting eleven that Thomas Tuchel lined up in Nîmes.
With a sparkling Mbappé, surprise holder, and the debut of recruits Moise Kean and Rafinha, the French champion strolled in his 4-3-3 in front of Nîmes quickly reduced to 10.
Navas: 5.5. The Costa Rican still hasn’t conceded an away goal this season. Vigilant on the strikes of Eliasson (39th) and Ripart (43rd) or the center of Fomba (51st), his quick recovery brings the goal of Mbappé (32nd).
Florenzi: 7. Two weeks after his brilliant blow in front of Angers, the Italian stood out again in the offensive sector. After a low strike deflected by Reynet (37th), a magnificent volley on the post (69th) and crosses for Mbappé (25th, 44th), he was rewarded with a headed goal (79th).
Diallo: 6. Positioned right axis, in place of Marquinhos, the former Dortmund was first effective in the air and easy in his raises with the ball. He also gave of his person as in the shock against Ripart (56th).
Kimpembe: 6. Promoted captain in the absence of his Brazilian partner, he did not have to splash the meeting with his talent. Attentive in coverage and anticipation, he played with his composure
Bakker: 6. For his fifth consecutive start, the Dutchman was also active on his left flank after a complicated start. His centers for Sarabia (22nd), Kean (47th) or Herrera (47th) would have deserved better.
Gueye: 5.5. Repositioned sentinel after the exit of Paredes, the Senegalese made some technical errors but played with his physique. It forces Reynet to a superb parade on its pricked head.
Paredes: Not rated. Touched behind the right thigh, he leaves his place to Herrera (11th) (6), author of a good entry into the middle runner. A few good kicks and a header on the post (77th).
Rafinha: 7. After taking a huge sole from Landre (sent off, 13th), the Brazilian was already very comfortable offensively. His left foot, his passing quality and his understanding with Mbappé, which he served perfectly in depth, are encouraging. Replaced by Dagba (58th)
Sarabia: 6.5. Rather disappointing since the start of the season, the Spaniard is back in form. Failing to have seen his passes become decisive, he closes the mark (88th).
Kean: 4.5. The Italian ran a lot on the attack front, offered many solutions but was too lacking in efficiency, like his lost duel against Reynet.
Mbappé: 7.5. For his third game in six days, the French international was full of juice. His match almost amounted to a beautiful double duel with Reynet won by signing his 3rd and 4th goals of the season.
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