PSG-Manchester United (1-2): Paris returns to earth

PSG sometimes aroused feelings exaggerated by wonderful starts in the Champions League, spanking Bayern Munich or Real Madrid (3-0 each time). This time, it’s pretty bad and even downright missed, to the point of creating headaches and making Thomas Tuchel’s position quickly uncomfortable. It’s not like the coach is the sporting director’s best friend – Leonardo – now that their conflict is in the public eye. Be careful though in a group where there is also Leipzig, not a C1 pimpim.

This team still has too many gaps, not enough play and insurmountable absences (Marquinhos, Verratti, Bernat) to hope to impress the gallery, at least Europe, the wind in the back pushed by its final of the Final 8 in Lisbon in August, for a formation which ended with its four recruits – Florenzi, Danilo Pereira, Kean and Rafinha -, as if something had already to be changed.

An empty game plan

The Parisians started their football match after the break. At the same time as Thomas Tuchel changed his tactical plans, exiting Gana Gueye from 4-3-3 to insert Moise Kean in a clearer and more playful 4-2-3-1. Neymar and the gang delivered a game more in line with the Champions League standard, with an immediate opportunity for Kylian Mbappé released by David De Gea (48th). Organizational corrections should never be minimized, but it is above all because they came back with other intentions that they managed to equalize. At the same time, they were drowning in the nothingness of their game’s emptiness, only lit by Neymar’s dribbles.

The game plan for the first half was to see the Brazilian go over defense as the only idea. A rancid thing that lasted ten minutes before night fell on a frozen PSG, made static by his mid-three inert. Football is about movement, calls, centers. Paris, he was playing one two three sun but only the phase where you must not move. Obviously, the English pressing in the middle of some excitement, including that of Abdou Diallo, was amused by the local deficiencies. Paris was to show a new status. He began by displaying his statues.

A helpless environment

PSG-Manchester has confirmed in passing that it is indeed a saga whose third opus will take place on December 2. The new season started as the previous one ended, with a penalty and a story of VAR. Paris will have had the great merit of recovering from its infamous start against the 15th in the Premier League but without reassuring, never. Keylor Navas had too much work after the 1-1 to chase the idea that this Parisian formation is still looking for itself or worse, may start to worry.

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There is the impotence of the middle, for a long time, and the search for the best formula in front, the one which would highlight the qualities of Neymar as much as of Mbappé. The two men switched in the first period, the world champion preferring the left to the axis, before ending the meeting in another pattern and nothing seemed completely satisfactory.

It’s still nerd to be there, three years after their meeting and not really know how to make them play together when we know them to be totally accomplices. It is really not the evening that we wanted to see for once that we were allowed to stay up after 9 p.m.



Half time: 0-1.

Referee: M. Mateu-Lahoz.

Goals. PSG: Martial (55th, csc); Manchester United: Bruno Fernandes (23rd sp), Rashford (87th).

Warnings. PSG: Neymar (34th), Danilo Pereira (84th), Kean (90th); Manchester: Mc Tominay (37th).

PSG: Navas – Florenzi (Dagba, 78th), Diallo, Kimpembé, Kurzawa (Bakker, 86th) – Herrera (Rafinha, 78th), Danilo, Gueye (Kean, 46th) – Di Maria (Sarabia, 86th), Mbappé, Neymar. Entr .: Tuchel.

Manchester United: De Gea – Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Shaw – Wan-Bissaka, Fred, McTominay, Telles (Pogba, 66th) – Bruno Fernandes (cap.) (Van de Beek, 88th) – Martial (James, 88th), Rashford. Entr .: Solskjaer.

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