Since Lille, Lyon and even Monaco are at the top of Ligue 1, PSG had no time to lose this Sunday evening at the Vélodrome. Mbappé therefore took less than 10 minutes to extinguish the suspense of a hundredth clasico which did not keep its promises. Far from there. It wasn’t unpleasant, no.
But by dint of hope, we had dreamed of an OM-PSG removed, where the goal actions would be linked and erase the sad memory of the first leg. Las, a lethal Paris and far from fully mastering his subject, was right with an OM limited in his offensive ambitions. This meeting will certainly leave the Olympians with regrets. But she highlighted the doubts and the shortcomings of a formation which has not won for 6 games and which takes a little more from the lead car. What to depress Jacques-Henri Eyraud, the Marseille president hated by supporters, present in the stands of the Vélodrome.
We are still looking for the Pochettino leg
We had ticked on the analysis of the resigned André Villas-Boas, after the Champions Trophy, where the Portuguese had seen a superior Marseille. But this time it was reality at least in the ambitions. Paris, for its part, played a good part of the match in a one-dimensional way. Sitting on a low block, leaving the ball to the Olympians (55% possession of the ball at the break for OM), the Parisians punished their opponent on their only two shots on target in the first period.
A strategy that owes more to the circumstances than to pre-match instructions, as Marquinhos recognized at the break. “Our philosophy is to have control of the match and the ball,” explained the Parisian captain at the microphone of Canal +. But we were efficient and sometimes you have to know how to play like that too. “
Concern for Di Maria
More than a month after his arrival, we are still looking for the Pochettino leg, and the sign of any evolution in the Parisian game. What to wonder eight days of the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League in Barcelona. “We must be able to master several game systems, the Argentinian justified after the match. We scored quite quickly, and then we controlled with blocks either higher where we pressed, or lower. But we could have scored more goals, even though there were decisions by the referee that I don’t want to talk about. “
Without Neymar, who came into play in the 65th after his post-birthday gastroenteritis, and quickly deprived of Di Maria, hit in the thigh (bad news eight days from Barça), PSG found it difficult to take the game on his own and to exist in the midfield.
Verratti shone, but more by his slaughter and his millimeter recoveries in the feet of Marseille. This rather controlled engagement on both sides made the task of referee Benoît Bastien easier.
Apart from a slight scuffle that was quickly stifled in the first period, a shock between Neymar and Alvaro, and a direct red for Payet, the evening never turned into the deleterious as on September 13, like the day that had preceded. Apart from a few anti-Eyraud banners scattered here and there in the city, Marseille has not experienced any peaks of tension. The Parisian bus was also able to reach the Vélodrome without incident, the two severely supervised by the police. The clasico has gained in appeasement, which the evening has lost in passion.
Half time: 0-2.
At the Orange-Vélodrome.
Referee: B. Bastien.
Goals: Mbappé (9th), Icardi (24th).
Warnings. Marseille: P. Gueye (49th); PSG: Paredes (45th + 2), Icardi (52nd).
Exclusion. Marseille: Payet (90th + 1).
OM: Mandanda (cap.) – H. Sakai, Alvaro Gonzalez (Perrin, 78th), Caleta-Car, Nagatomo (Lirola, 56th) – Kamara, Rongier (Cuisance, 88th), P. Gueye – Thauvin (Henrique, 78th), Germain (Benedetto, 56th), Payet. Entr. : Larguet.
PSG: Rico – Florenzi, Marquinhos (cap.), Kimpembe, Kurzawa – Verratti, Paredes (Danilo, 66th), I. Gueye – Di Maria (Sarabia, 12th then Kean, 88th), Icardi (Neymar, 65th), Mbappé. Entr. : Pochettino.
Article original de: www.leparisien.fr