Less than ten minutes were enough to find the Mbappé as it is perceived in the collective imagination: fast, elusive and killer. A Marseille corner, a Parisian counter-attack launched by Verratti, the ball in the feet of Di Maria full axis which serves Mbappé launched with long strides on his left. Neither Sakai’s desperate return, nor Mandanda’s semblance of a parade will help …
At the first opportunity and on his fourth ball of the evening, a Mbappé of the great days opens the mark with the left foot (0-1, 9th). Simple and straightforward, in keeping with its image. The new Parisian striker, new celebration. Once he achieved his now famous cross of arms, he mimed in the company of Idrissa Gueye, his Senegalese teammate, the action of pouring ataya, a mint tea popular in Senegal. After which, he sat cross-legged, as if to observe the spectacle around him.
Statistics require updating. This is the 16th goal for the top scorer in Ligue 1 this season and the 6th scored in the context of a clasico. Proof that in this type of meeting, the n ° 7 knows how to replace the almost ordinary attacker who struggled in January to make individual differences on the defenders of Saint-Etienne, Brest or Angers.
Even relatively little requested, the Mbappé of the Vélodrome this evening did not have much of the player of the last weeks, in obvious loss of confidence, this one barely hidden by a goal here and there (3 in 2021) . Forgotten, the performance of a month ago in Saint-Etienne (1-1), the twenty balls lost, zero shooting on target, only three duels won and two small dribbles successful …
The application and a form of impassibility were read last night on the face of the Bondynois, after having cheerfully dribbled Alvaro on the left side and the Spaniard stopped him irregularly as he approached the Marseille area.
Meet at Camp Nou
What a contrast with the “sulky” attitude noted from the warm-up in Saint-Etienne by Alain Perrin, the Téléfoot consultant, wary of the meaning of the latter: “I don’t know if it was linked to his position, system, for personal reasons but I did not feel enthusiastic. Is it his future, his contract renewal that makes him think about it and explains that he is not 100% mentally? “
Mbappé’s extension to PSG is not yet finalized but obviously the person has left behind the pangs of the first part of this funny season: the Covid, the feeling of being in the 60th game of the season from October, the thigh injury in November, the three preventive matches on the bench in December by the will of Thomas Tuchel. Obviously, Mbappé is back to Mbappé, ruthless scorer and shrewd passer, as for Icardi (47th) or towards Neymar (76th) yesterday. Here he is ready to honor his appointments. The big ones preferably. Facing Barcelona at Camp Nou on February 16, like at the Vélodrome yesterday?
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