Beyond the final result (2-0), find out what caught our reporter’s attention at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.
Ekitike, regained confidence
“When it goes back, there will be plenty of it.” This is what Hugo Ekitike promised in early November before unlocking his disk. He kept his word. Since then, the former Reims player has scored four goals in five games, the one who opened the scoring against Sco on Wednesday (2-0), from the fifth minute of the game. A gesture full of serenity. “I have full confidence in myself”, he said after his first goal. However, he doubted, turned and had to fight his way back into the game. It is done. Not enough to challenge the predominance of “MNM”, but enough to represent a real option from the bench and provide the change when one of the three front stars is not there, Kylian Mbappé for this match. His 37th-minute slalom that mystified four players before blocking the fourth is the kind of action he would never have attempted a handful of weeks ago. A good omen for the future in the short, medium and long term. “I play, I have confidence, I score, I chainexults Hugo Ekitike as a summary of his evening.
If he wasn’t celebrated for his crowning at the World Cup (see elsewhere), Leo Messi had every intention of entertaining the crowd and his teammates with the ball. Not a great game for the Pulgas, especially when you remember his level of performance in Qatar, but a good game where he delivered many beautiful and good balls to his mates. Finally, he himself took responsibility for making the break in the second half, after checking Var. He is also involved in the first Parisian goal in this part. Speaking of sweets, Neymar has also distilled some, especially outside the law. However, the Brazilian was much messier than his former partner from FC Barcelona.
Mukiele, better than a double
Nordi Mukiele is fine, thanks for him. Due to Achraf Hakimi’s absence, the French international has the opportunity to continue in the starting 11. Opportunity he seizes to gain speed. On Wednesday, he should be credited with two assists, but that is not his specialty on the bases. “In this organization (three-man defence, editor’s note) we must have very high, very aggressive players who add added value on an offensive level. In that sense, he’s been fine for a while.“, emphasizes Galtier, who sees in the former player from Leipzig”more than a linerHowever, the return of Hakimi was to send him back to his state as a substitute… of luxury.
Nothing for Messi
As indicated The Parisian On Tuesday, PSG has nothing planned to celebrate Leo Messi’s world crowning. Absent for the capital club’s first three games after the World Cup, the 35-year-old Argentine was celebrated at the Camp des Loges among his teammates and staff. “There is neither need nor demand for Leo to be celebrated,”Christophe Galtier said in recent days. “I dare to hope that it will be celebrated and celebrated by our supporters at the Parc des Princes. There is no reason not to.”, added the Parisian coach. Finally, the Pulgas were only entitled to warm applause when the starting line-up was announced. However, the supporters had no more plans to celebrate the coronation of number 30 than the leaders. “It is his great return to the Parc des Princes”, simply emphasized Michel Montana, the proclamation of Rouge et Bleu. Formula recycled for its purpose, before a handful “Messi, Messi, Messi” from Boulogne. The Messi who didn’t go to greet the crowd after the match, the one who returned to the dressing room at the final whistle, as is (very) often the case.
Angry, simple bitch
The Angevins certainly raised their voices in the second half. They were also not far from equalizing, against a Paris Saint-Germain on the trot. However, the Red Lantern did not show much on the Parisian meadow. And again, the addition could have been more salty without a couple of saves from Paul Bernardoni, or if Neymar had left a quarter of an hour earlier on this incredible goal, denied an offside position at the end of the game, on a magnificent ladle by Messi in by the way. This is the tenth defeat in a row for the bottom of the French championship standings. “We didn’t do much tonight, I found us in detention… We didn’t play, we didn’t play the game we wanted to play. Now we have five very important games coming up“Said Bernardoni at the microphone of Canal +. Matches against direct competitors (Clermont, Brest, Ajaccio, Lorient, Auxerre) are not to be missed.
Let’s be clear: We didn’t really enjoy ourselves on Wednesday night. PSG did not force his talent. “In the game, everything was not perfect, far from it, but it is also connected with the post World Cup, believe me, it is difficult and I congratulate the players“, emphasizes Galtier. We also remember that Paris was deprived of many great players (Mbappé, Verratti, Hakimi, Mendes, Kimpembe…). Nevertheless, the Parisian autumn champions did not really want to injure themselves and “kill” their Angevin opponents. It is clear that it will be necessary to raise the level to hope to cope with Bayern Munich in C1…