This spectacle became embarrassing, even with an equalizer in added time. That of a PSG technically and athletically dominated by a team from Lens still in Ligue 2 in 2019-2020. But it could be at times Saint-Etienne like last Sunday or Nice this Wednesday at the Park. The capital club no longer has any margin over its Ligue 1 opponents even though this sentence is contradicted by the advance in the standings, born from a perfect month of August in terms of accounting.
Before Manchester City, Paris suffered in the game but was gaining ground, thanks mainly to Kylian Mbappé. Since the fall, the game lesson received at the Etihad, Marquinhos’ partners have constantly flirted with mediocrity. Sometimes sufficient attitudes even lead to insufficient services. Once again, the head of Wijnaldum does not change the substance of the matter (90th + 2).
The slap at City also came against the backdrop of Mauricio Pochettino’s real-false start to the other Manchester, United. This episode seems to have left its mark. Nobody listens to him in this team at the same time as the Argentinian coach does not propose solutions or then counterproductive. Against Nice, he mounted a midfielder with three recuperators without a creator and Bollaert, before the transition to 3-5-2 in the second half, an incomprehensible baroque system did not allow the whole to express itself. If anyone knows where Marco Verratti was playing, we’re takers. We are thinking of creating a Toll Free number.
The discomfort is in the public square
In short, PSG is adrift by saving the furniture from the point of view of the result, without a captain and this is not about Marquinhos. But the unease is now in the public arena, with players lost or left to fend for themselves and style impossible to find. Pochettino dreams of a “PSGxit”, a kind of gift that his leaders could offer him if no sign in December indicates an improvement, a start. Leo Messi cannot play in a blocking team and once again his sadness on the pitch will have been contagious. PSG hurts more than they rejoice and that was not the idea in August, when all the constellations were assembled.
However, a team can miss everything and come out at the break with the best chances including an incredible miss from Angel Di Maria in added time. But the lure did not last. Lens ended up scoring (62nd), on a hand fault from Keylor Navas who got in tune with a troop in the relegation game, before finding the post in stride (69th) in a kind of turn. Pochettino tried to return this indigestible pancake by throwing Mbappé (70th) but the man of the first four months of the season is not a superhero. Just a great footballer, also stuck in the collective stagnation, but author of a new offering. Paris snatches an unexpected draw and still has not beaten a top 5 team in the French Championship. It is time to ask what is going on.
Referee: François Letexier.
Buts. Lens: Fofana (62nd). Paris SG : Wijnaldum (90th + 2).
Warnings. Lens: Medina (47e), Gradit (90e + 4). Paris SG: Verratti (64e), Hakimi (90e).
Lens: Leca – Danso, Medina, Gradit – Frankowski, Fofana (cap.), Doucouré, Clauss – Da Costa (Cahuzac, 80th), Kakuta (Sotoca, 54th), Kalimuendo (Haïdara, 80th). Coach: Franck Haise.
Paris SG: Navas – Hakimi, Kimpembe, Marquinhos (cap.), Bernat (Mendes, 79th) – Verratti, Danilo (Gueye, 70th), Paredes (Wijnaldum, 70th) – Messi, Icardi (Mbappé, 70th), Di Maria. Coach: Mauricio Pochettino.