After its gargantuan transfer window, will PSG leave a lot of points lying around this season in Ligue 1? After five days, the Parisians have in any case not left a crumb. They chained a fifth success this Saturday after a controlled game against a playful Clermont team but overwhelmed by the speed of Mauricio Pochettino’s team (4-0). A victory acquired without several stars (Di Maria, Paredes, Messi, Neymar, Verratti, Ramos) which brings serenity before the match in Bruges in the Champions League on Wednesday (9 p.m.).
Whistled by part of the Parc des Princes when his name was announced, after a summer marked by his non-extension and his non-departure at Real Madrid, Kylian Mbappé was well established and lit the first wicks by his speed (4th , 10th) or pass (7th, 11th). But it is still the strongman of the beginning of the season, Achraf Hakimi, who unblocked the meeting following one of his many percussions on the right side. His center pushed back by Clermont goalkeeper Arthur Desmas was taken over victoriously by Ander Herrera (20th, 1-0).
Faithful to his offensive philosophy, Clermont reacted with several forays by Jodel Dossou on the right side, in particular. But Paris made the break before the break, thanks to a very good job from Mbappé, whose center following a duel won against Cédric Hountondji, rejected by Ogier, still found Herrera (31st, 2-0).
The attractive promoted continued to throw himself forward, forcing Marquinhos to perform several surgeries, but left spaces behind his back. Big mistake. Untenable, Kylian Mbappé flew to the limit of offside on a delicious opening from Julian Draxler to afford his fourth goal of the season (55th, 3-0). He missed the double shortly after a new start (64th), but was still decisive on Idrissa Gueye’s goal (65th, 4-0), who resumed his attempt countered by Desmas. The Portuguese Nuno Mendes made his first appearance in the Parisian colors, replacing Julian Draxler (86th).
The player: Herrera takes his chance
Ander Herrera signed the second double of his professional career, after that registered in April 2015 at Old Trafford during Manchester United-Aston Villa (3-1). The Spaniard signed two pure finisher goals, head and right foot, after crosses pushed back on him. In the Parisian diamond, where the midfielders had the task of projecting themselves in turn into the surface, the former Mancunien perfectly fulfilled his role.
Confirmation of a great start to the season on his part, with three goals and two assists in four starts. While he was not expected as a potential holder in the eleven type Parisian this season, the 32-year-old may be shaking up the established order.
The fact: Donnarumma, worry-free premiere
Gianluigi Donnarumma took advantage of the late return from the selection of Costa Rican Keylor Navas to experience his first start in the Paris goal. A very quiet match for the Italian, who slept well on a cross from Jodel Dossou (12th) before capturing with great ease the shot from the Benin international (28th). Acclaimed by the Auteuil turn at the change of side, the best player of the Euro gave off serenity, until a small fright without consequence on a raise in the 80th minute. It remains to be seen whether he will follow up against Bruges on Wednesday in the Champions League.