In pain, Paris-SG took the best of RB Leipzig (3-2) on Tuesday at the Parc des Princes.
And in the end, it’s PSG that wins. Failing to have shone, PSG overthrew Leipzig (3-2) Tuesday, in Paris, during the third day of the Champions League, thanks to a double from Messi and a goal from Mbappé (3-2). The Parisians consolidate their first place in the group A standings ahead of Manchester City, which also crushed Bruges (1-5), before challenging the Marseille rival on Sunday (9 p.m.), at the Vélodrome, for an expected Classic.
Paris jostled, but …
Despite a rather good start in Paris, and this good ball from Herrera over the defense for Draxler (6th), the danger hung over the Parisian goal (4th, 7th). But Gulacsi could not do anything against Mbappé, who swallowed an entire half of the field after a bright opening from Marquinhos and a clever relay from Draxler (1-0, 9th). Balloons in depth for Mbappé? It was pretty much the only weapon of a PSG who had possession (72% in the first period, 64.4 in total) without being dangerous. Solid and well in place, while we expected them to be feverish and fragile, the young players of Jesse Marsch, them, emboldened against. After touching the post (26th), André Silva took over a cross from Angelino (1-1, 28th). The Parisian defense exploded on a pass from Nkunku, who sang the song to his former training center partner, Kimpembe, and saw his shot flirt with the upright (42nd). The ball for Paris, the opportunities for Leipzig (1-1 MT).
The Parisian pressure was stronger on the resumption, but it was Leipzig who scored, on a center of the left piston Angelino for his counterpart on the right, the French Mukiele (1-2, 57th). Pochettino went to three behind (61st). It was on a German error that PSG glued, with the speed of Mbappé, his vista to find Messi behind. The six-fold Golden Ball had to do it twice (2-2, 67th). He did not need a catch-up session to deceive the Hungarian goalkeeper with a “Panenka” from the penalty spot (3-2, 74th). A penalty caused by Mbappé, obviously. Stunning. Failing to walk on their opponents, a little blunt, the Parisians were fighting like hell at the end of the meeting, like these two shots countered in quick succession by Verratti (77th). Enough to finish without major worries (3-2 final score). Mbappé could even have increased the bill but he lacked a penalty in stoppage time (90 + 5).
Fortunately, there was Mbappé (and Messi)
Author of his first goal of the season in C1 and directly involved in Messi’s two goals, Mbappé (again) carried PSG at arm’s length Tuesday night, against Leipzig. His glance and speed make the 22-year-old world champion a weapon of mass destruction and a world-class player. Nothing new here… The problem is that it is often the only weapon at the disposal of a Paris Saint-Germain without an idea, without a real game plan. We have also already known Verratti more inspired. Ditto for Kimpembe. The side Hakimi and especially Mendes were too feverish and Draxler obviously did not forget the absent, Neymar, Di Maria or even Icardi. Mention very well to the former titi Nkunku from Leipzig, “the best player on the pitch with Messi and Mbappé»According to the analysis, very fair from his US trainer.
For lack of ideas, Paris has character
Of course, we are entitled to expect better from Paris Saint-Germain, even in the absence of Neymar and Di Maria. But it is clear that this team has heart, character and a lot of will. Jostled, led, as has often happened to them since the start of the season, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have yet found the resources to turn the situation around against a great team from Leipzig. It’s already that.