The match: Paris without defense
PSG regained a five-point lead over their runner-up RC Lens thanks to their success (4-3) against Troyes this Saturday at the end of the afternoon after a pleasant and spirited match. But it was difficult for the men of Christophe Galtier in flagrant lack of aggressiveness especially on the defensive phases. After conceding two goals against Haifa (7-2) on TuesdayParis took three more, five in four days, that’s a lot when you have the ambition to win everything.
These defensive largesse had no consequences at the start of the week, barely more this Saturday, only those of exposing Donnarumma and his partners to the threat of a return of the Trojans. The latter led twice in the score, at the start of each period thanks to achievements by Mama Baldé, the first of which in the 3rd minute with a nice volley.
Each time, as on Palaversa’s third Trojan goal in the 88th minute, the Parisian defense was amorphous or also on the action of Baldé’s second goal where Kimpembe is static and too far from the Aube striker to prevent him to land a winning pivot shot. Paris conceded their third goal from a set piece of the week, which also highlights shortcomings in this sector.
If PSG was finally able to come back twice and then end up breaking away, it owes it to its offensive stars, mainly Neymar and Messi, both scorers and passers but also Soler, scorer and who gets the penalty for the fourth goal of his team. But he can also thank ESTAC who did not try to close the game even when he was leading on the scoreboard.
Messi and Neymar made the difference against ESTAC. (B. Paquot/The Team)
Players: Neymar and Messi
The South American duo, Neymar-Messi carried the Parisian revolt and then allowed it to win. It is Neymar who serves Soler magnificently for the equalizer the first equalizer (24th). He scored his 11th goal (62nd) after a brilliant pass from Messi. The Argentinian had equalized at 2-2 seven minutes earlier with a dry shot from 25 meters.
Beyond their goals or their assists, like tuesday in the Champions League, it is the displayed complicity that is a source of satisfaction. Even if Mbappé (despite his scored penalty) was less sharp and inspired than his two partners, like his failure on Neymar’s roulette, he was able to find and find himself with his two teammates.
The number: 100
Like the number of matches in a row sold out by PSG at the Parc des Princes since the reception of Amiens (2-0)August 5, 2017.