PSG-Dijon (4-0): Paris is a hit, Tuchel surprises

It did not take long for PSG to regain its ease in Ligue 1 and dominate the French Championship. Normality is his daily life on the French scene and he proves it again. Despite two initial defeats, he is already in the lead even if Lille this Sunday can rob him of the leading position. But he got back to the place and even twice, the week he started losing to Manchester United (1-2) without really playing the game.

This Saturday either, or not much more, but facing the red lantern of the standings, it doesn’t take much to score. A cross from Bakker, a dribble from Neymar and presto, the case is in the bag as long as Moise Kean is skilful what the Italian has never ceased to be. If in addition, Kylian Mbappé enters fresh, necessarily, the addition climbs very quickly, the same 4-0 as in Nîmes, just before MU.

Draxler still injured

But Paris could not conclude the match as they wanted, with a new injury, that of Julian Draxler, who stood behind the thigh, soon imitated by Moise Kean, the double scorer. Again, it’s classic. The German will find the infirmary and the doctors, probably the partners he has seen the most in recent months at PSG.

Another German remains at the heart of the discussions, the volcanic Thomas Tuchel, the trainer. After a press conference full of gall and aggression on Friday, the coach invented a new trick that is as much of his dear tactical experiments as of his latent conflict with his superior, Leonardo, the sporting director.

The latter did not want to recruit this summer a central defender estimating the sector provided (Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Kehrer, Diallo), preferring to “offer” him a sentry so that he no longer has to place the club captain in front of the defense. All it took was Danilo Pereira’s half-hearted first against Manchester United for Tuchel to play in the next game with Marquinhos in No. 6 and the Portuguese… in central defense.

Tuchel plays with fire

He could have waited for a match where Marquinhos was not there or Kimpembe was present to pair Danilo Pereira with the world champion if he thinks the idea has a future. No, Tuchel chose neither. He aligned the new recruit with Abdou Diallo, a duo that has no future in big games and he did all this the night Marquinhos was available, just to show that it was probably better to recruit Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea ) than the middle slender.

Tuchel made the decision by taking the risk of starting a player short of form, who returned last week from the Brazilian selection with a hamstring injury. On Saturday evening, Marquinhos was unable to complete some sprints, either as a precaution or by incapacity and in both cases, it is a problem. In short, to pursue his ideas and oppose a single man, Tuchel played with fire. Paris is in the lead but the wings continue to rumble. Not sure that it will be good in the long term for the club as for the team.

Match sheet

Half-time: 2-0.

Referee: M. Hamel.

In camera.

Goals. PSG: Kean (3rd, 23rd), Mbappé (82nd, 88th).

Warnings. Dijon: Konaté (45th), Panzo (69th).

PSG: Rico – Dagba, Danilo, Diallo, Bakker – Rafinha (Fadiga, 85th), Marquinhos (cap.) (Ruiz, 73rd), Draxler (Herrera, 59th) – Neymar – Sarabia, Kean (Mbappé, 73rd). Entr. : Tuchel.

Dijon: Allagbé – Boey (Chafik, 79th), Ecuele Manga (cap.), Panzo, Ngonda – Ndong, Lautoa (Diop, 55th), Dina Ebimbe – Baldé (Scheidler, 79th), Konaté (Celina, 70th), Chouiar. Entr. : Jobard

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