Maestro of a team without mastery, Presnel Kimpembe single-handedly embodied a feverish and ill-inspired PSG. Finally, to be completely frank, he was not the only Parisian to walk beside his pumps. A soloist without genius, Neymar, for example, condensed everything we hate in this player. But Kimpembe’s loss of the ball in the 35th minute, after a misunderstanding with Paredes, is the cause of the Lyon opening score by Kadewere. And in these matches at maximum tension, this type of offering is a boon for the opponent and a short advantage that the Parisians will never have been able to fill. Especially since Lyon, until then, had not really made Navas tremble.
At that point in the game, it felt like we were stepping back two years. At the time, the very young world champion could still get lost in this type of risky raises as against Iceland with the Blues (2-2) in October 2018. This post-World Cup season, with a pubalgie recurrent, had also been a way of the cross for the Parisian Titi finally operated on the adductors. Since that date, Kimpembe had known how to erase his imperfections to become a full holder with Paris Saint-Germain and recently with the France team. But this Sunday night was a whole different face. As if “Presko” had reconnected with his demons.
His pass again uncertain for Paredes (48th) or, a few minutes later, this tackle on Depay, not sanctioned by Mr. Bastien, confirmed the impression of a defender at bay. His understanding with Paredes, his closest midfielder, was not the smoothest and that is one of the reasons for this non-match. The two men never understood each other, and often evolved out of tune.
Since the start of the season, the Parisian number 3 has been the field player most used by Thomas Tuchel (1225 minutes) but rarely with the same central by his side. There may be an explanation for this rush. Recently, the PSG staff had also observed a certain fatigue in his central defender already involved in the defeat in Leipzig (1-2) with a conceded penalty.
The GPS data of “Kim” turned red and the management preferred to leave him at rest during the trip to Montpellier nine days ago. Kimpembe then took the opportunity to treat a small fracture to a toe that he was dragging from Leipzig (1-0). Nothing serious, but the international, who did not have the leisure to take vacations after the Final 8, seems today to accuse the blow. Physically and mentally.
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