PSG-Manchester: Abdou Diallo, a more than credible remedy in central defense

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Diallo – Presko! What if the left caviar 2.0 looked like this. To the coalition of two “false legs”, to the association of a dazzling world champion and his discreet understudy, forced for months to walk in the shade. Five days after his exit with the Blues against Portugal (0-0), Presnel Kimpembe again demonstrated Friday night during the success in Nîmes (0-4) that he was going through this start of the season on a cloud.

At his side, above all, Abdou Diallo reassured the observers. And recalled, if it was necessary, that it could be a credible remedy in the event of withdrawal or (re) rise of Marquinhos in the midfield, next Tuesday for the launch of the Champions League campaign against Manchester United.

In competition with Presnel Kimpembe for the position of left axial defender, it is on the right side, in the costume usually assigned to the new Brazilian captain, that the former Monegasque, 24, made his reappearance in the Parisian starting lineup on Friday evening. The last time she was associated in hinge, in September 2019, the left-handed doublet could not prevent the Stade de Reims from coming to create a surprise at the Parc des Princes (0-2). An explanation, perhaps, to the fact that Thomas Tuchel had not repeated the experience since, preferring to use the former Borussia only on the side of his strong foot.

A return without false note

A month ago, it was at the center left position that the German technician also offered Diallo his first tenure of the season against Metz. His second, only, of the year 2020 (after that of January 26 in Lille) has certainly rhyme with success (1-0) for PSG. But it did not go as in a dream for the number 22, returned prematurely to the locker room after two warnings.

His return on Friday did not suffer from any false note this time, well helped it is true by the difficulties Nîmes to carry the danger in the Parisian camp after the rapid expulsion of Loïc Landre (13th). However, he revealed that the team with Cap’tain Kim held the road, that the links forged years ago in the youth selection had not weakened in the field of professionalism and, despite diametrically opposed characters , Diallo ice cream and Kimpembe fire could be complementary.

The challenge, of course, will not be the same in the face of Man U’s attack. Especially since, on paper, the native of Tours has only one tenure to assert in the Champions League since his arrival. at PSG: last December 11 against Galatasaray (5-0). A little short, again, to petrify Edinson Cavani’s new partners but encouraging, no doubt, for Thomas Tuchel who is not unaware that the one that PSG recruited for 32 million euros in 2019 has never conceded a goal with Dortmund in the Champions League when he started in the axis.

Relieved of his lower back pain

The former captain of the France hopes team is not fooled, he is unlikely to upset the established order and overthrow the pair of untouchables that the tricolor world champion forms with Marquinhos. “At his post, there is a lot of competition, it’s a big club, that’s normal, also recently explained in“ The Team ”Ibrahima, his younger brother, just recruited by Southampton. The Parisians had a season in the Champions League with a titular team, in his position we change little. But he’s a hard worker. He will hang on, I have no doubt. “

Diallo has also taken it into his head to “break everything” when we call on him. Handicapped by physical problems, he took advantage of the spring confinement to undergo surgery and relieve the back pain that accompanied him from Dortmund.

In Lisbon during the Final 8 of the Champions League, although he did not come into play for a single second, he also recovered his mental health during this adventure which further strengthened his link with the capital club . Curious by nature, the trilingual (French, English, Portuguese) defender has also embarked on writing a book relating his years of apprenticeship in Monaco with Dylan Bahamboula, Lounisse Merzouk and Anthony De Freitas, three of his former partners of the training center on the Rock. Now it’s up to him to write his story with Paris.

Article original de: www.leparisien.fr

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