The warm embrace at the end of the match between Gianluigi Donnarumma and Luis Campos speaks volumes about the relief felt by the Parisian management at the final whistle, early Saturday evening. PSG can thank their Italian goalkeeper. Without his superb save in the 70th minute on Islam Slimani’s penalty, after a foul by Presnel Kimpembe on Noah Fadiga, the French champion would most likely have lost two points against Brest and thus conceded his second draw since the start of season at home, after that against Monaco (1-1), on August 28.
50% success in the exercise since he has been at PSG
« Gigio had the good idea to keep us in the game by making this save »commented Christophe Galtier at the time of summarizing the part of his team, which encountered difficulties in the second half to win in front of the Bretons. “A missed penalty is a badly taken penalty. Still, I thought I shot it wellregretted Slimani, the Brest striker. I changed sides, I don’t know why. It happens. » The former Milanese had to relax at full length (1.96m) to get the Algerian’s shot out of the way.
Since joining Paris last summer, the 2021 European champion with Italy has demonstrated some success in this phase of the game. He has hijacked 2 of them (the first against Leipzig in the Champions League last season ) out of the 4 he suffered.
Criticized after his performance against Juventus Turin on Tuesday (2-1), following his failed exit from a corner which resulted in the reduction of the Italians’ score, Donnarumma (23) this time earned points to his team.
Friday on the eve of the Brest reception, Christophe Galtier had already confirmed it: “We often forget that Gigio is a young goalkeeper, even though he has been playing for a while. And, of course, we noted a bad assessment on a corner, which has a significant impact because it is a goal. But I prefer to remember his two decisive stops. He was very present. There will be no turnover in this position. » Donnarumma gave him back, in the best way, the confidence shown.