Ligue 1 is its territory. If PSG has not really entered its Champions League, it confirmed this Saturday evening that it has completely made its mark in the French Championship. By beating Rennes for an eighth consecutive success, the capital club is consolidating its leadership position and emphasizing the idea that it will be the autumn champion and most certainly champion at the end of the year.
This quiet and successful return to domestic affairs suggests, in the footsteps of Leipzig (2-1 loss), that Di Maria needs pace to perform and that Kean is an interesting striker and a paying choice in Leonardo’s transfer window. With his 5th goal (the 3rd in Ligue 1), the Italian international shows that it will not be easy to dislodge when Icardi returns after the truce.
But since Paris continues to exercise its grip on Ligue 1 with this summit in its hands and with a double team or almost – for Rennes it is 6 goals conceded and 0 scored this week – the essential was elsewhere and in particular in the returns of Marquinhos in central defense at kick-off and Danilo Pereira in midfield when he entered the field at the hour mark. Thomas Tuchel did not want to say if it is a renunciation, and pleaded before the meeting for an adaptation to the demands of the moment without really convincing. “Marquinhos in defense, it’s because we don’t have Kimpembe and Dani (Danilo Pereira) has played too much,” the German tried on Canal + to explain his choice to place the Portuguese on the bench.
European champion at infirmary level
Perhaps he also felt that his baroque choices are, at the very least, tiring or even exceeding a certain number of his players. We cannot totally exclude this hypothesis. But the former Dortmund boss is not known to shy away from criticism. If he returned Marquinhos to his original post, it was to better get Florenzi up in the right lane. And above all to leave Rafinha, once again on the substitutes’ bench, preferring once again to align a three-player midfielder with very defensive profiles.
This did not last since Gueye, muscled and released in the 12th minute, continued to perpetuate the tradition of the Parisians mown in the middle of a match. The Senegalese just added to the list of now 12 injured Parisians – more than a complete team – since Kehrer relapsed in his groin just before half-time and Florenzi was replaced at the break. Kean will even come out complaining about a thigh. A real nightmare for the staff who sees the international break as a godsend. We don’t have the statistics in front of us, but we doubt that many teams are doing better at the moment in Europe at the infirmary level. There, at least, Paris is one of the first.
Half time: 2-0. Behind closed doors.
Referee: M. Bastien.
Goals: Kean (11th), Di María (21st, 73rd).
Warnings. PSG: Herrera (4th), Dagba (49th), Kurzawa (86th).
PSG: Navas – Kehrer (Bakker, 36th), Marquinhos (cap.), Diallo, Kurzawa – Herrera, Paredes, Gueye (Rafinha, 13th) – Di María, Kean (Pereira, 61st), Florenzi (Dagba, 46th) Entr. : Tuchel.
Rennes: Gomis – Traore, Da Silva (cap.), Aguerd, Truffert – Lea Siliki (Grenier, 56th), Bourigeaud (Hunou, 67th), N’Zonzi – Gboho (Terrier, 56th), Guirassy, Doku (Del Castillo, 79th) . Entr. : Stephan.
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