The heroes were absent. Five days after his demonstration at Barça, PSG got bogged down in Ligue 1, inflicting a sixth defeat of the season (2-0), Mauricio Pochettino’s second (after Lorient). The problem is no longer statistical even if the figures would go in the wrong direction but with the impression that this Paris leaves: he cannot become champion of France 2021 with so much difficulty against the big guys and such a limited game. collectively.
He will have lost for the moment twice against Monaco, which comes back to two points, once against Lyon and Marseille and will not have beaten Lille which he has only crossed once so far. If we add an “accident”, dixit the coach, in Lorient (3-2), arises the implacable scenario of an announced national disaster.
The week when Liverpool and Paris won away in the Champions League on Tuesday, they lost the next match at home. Both are threatened by the same whirlwind: the loss of the title and / or a qualifying place for the C1. The second danger is perhaps the worst, basically. Losing the title is infamous, not seeing the C1 again is an industrial accident. If PSG has come to this, there is of course the legacy Thomas Tuchel and his four losses in 17 days of L 1 and the match on Sunday.
Without a creator, Paris has produced nothing
Against Monaco, the capital club waited for a header from Moise Kean at the hour mark to frame. He was already 2-0 down and without a solution from the start. We thought he was cold picked by the early goal of Diop (6th) but in fact, he was never in the direction of walking, running, goal, movement which consists of moving forward and cracking the ‘opponent.
There was already very little entertainment, but above all no entertainment. With a Paredes – Gueye – Herrera trio, PSG Pochettino has produced nothing and avoided nothing, in a double faulty taste. The Argentine did not change anything until the second goal, then bringing in Marco Verratti and the returning Rafinha that we would have liked to see at kick-off. Without Neymar, without Verratti slightly touched and preserved, it would have taken a ball player, who sees the angles of pass that no one is looking at and pierces the lines with the same pass.
You can have the best team in the world, if it doesn’t have a creator, nothing happens. So nothing happened. By the way, if there was still a need at the end of a week when a flood of nonsense was poured out, the best of which was that Paris played better without Neymar, this defeat provides the answer.
PSG often sums up football. It is therefore the week when he allowed to dream of a conquering European spring that he prepared the spirits to abandon his crown, as in 2012, against Montpellier, or in 2017, behind Monaco. Lille, Lyon and Monaco can still imagine themselves in power, even more so if Paris continues to move in reverse. There remains one last hope, that of faultlessness and direct confrontations against the top two in the standings. Against Monaco, the story is settled for the season: it will be a zero point. Around the corner!
Half time: 0-1
Referee: Mr. Buquet
Goals. Monaco: Diop (6th), Maripan (51st)
Warnings. PSG: Gueye (45th), Kimpembe, (50th), Paredes (57th), Mbappé (90th + 3); Monaco: Tchouaméni (15th).
PSG: Navas – Florenzi, Marquinhos (cap.), Kimpembe, Kurzawa – Gueye (Rafinha, 55th), Paredes (Danilo, 73rd), Herrera (Verratti, 55th) – Kean, Icardi (Draxler, 73rd), Mbappé. Entr: Pochettino.
Monaco: Lecomte – Disasi, Aguilar (Sidibé, 80th), Maripan, Badiashile – Diop (Golovin, 80th), Caio Henrique, Fofana, Tchouaméni – Volland (Ballo-Touré, 89th), Ben Yedder (Jovetic, 71st). Entrance: Kovac.
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