By showing that it could transpose from Ligue 1 to the Champions League, Christophe Galtier’s PSG provided a little more information this Tuesday evening, September 6, at the Parc des Princes, about its team qualities. It was together that he scored two prodigious goals through Kylian Mbappé, sublimating two sharp actions, and it was by drawing on collective and mental resources that he was able to resist the return of Juventus, beaten 2-1 for this first group match of the Champions League.
Shortly after the break, the Old Lady, without proving anything and never scaring, had come back to 2-1 and Paris floated the moment to measure what was happening to her. However, he quickly understood that he was stronger than the score indicated and after a mini wave of panic, set sail again, without tank or make-up.
Nothing is perfect, but progress is constant
There is a path, a course, a direction and the PSG says every day a little more that it takes the right one or the right one. Nothing is perfect, like this goal from substitute Weston McKennie and the lack of influence of Gianluigi Donnarumma in his exit, but the progression remains constant, with a man who changes the scenery of this PSG compared to the seasons previous: Vitinha.
However, the savior theory does not exist in football and remains dangerous, but the Portuguese, the best of the last ten midfielders recruited, stimulates the desire to defend others when the ball is lost, a great first in recent times. It is as if by his attitude, he enjoined the troop to consent to efforts that they did not always want to perform before. This state of mind when Paris no longer has the ball marks a novelty, a step forward whose responsibility is shared between Vitinha and his two bosses, the duo Galtier-Campos, the refounders this summer of PSG.
Faced with Juve which, basically, posed fewer tactical problems than Monaco (1-1) on August 28 while remaining threatening until the dusk of the meeting, PSG also displayed its weaknesses, such as this ability to get out of the game on their own at 2-0 and after two raids by Neymar and Mbappé where each forgot the other. A third goal would have given luster to the case and settled the story, but the two friends and rivals preferred the suspense.
Mbappé, an above-ground footballer
In short, the club of the capital dawdles at certain times, accelerates at others, worries all of a sudden and amazes most often. He lives, stumbles, gets up, starts again, he seethes, renouncing his purring of the last years. At least until the World Cup, he is laying the foundations of a collective which logically should improve, in particular according to the integration of recent recruits – Carlos Soler appeared for the first time at the end of the match – or those that we have seen little so far.
Apart from that and twenty-four hours after the sand yachting controversy, Mbappé confirmed that he was indeed an above-ground footballer by scoring two volleys that will strengthen his legend. They will nourish summaries all over the world who can only remain speechless in front of such mastery, this class from another world, this magic which connects it every day to the exceptional. That’s for sure: he had taken the genius express to come to the Park.
Half time: 2-0.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (UK).
Goals. PSG: Mbappe (5th, 22nd); Juventus: McKennie (53rd).
Warnings. PSG: Ramos (25th), Verratti (65th); Juventus: Bremer (25th), Miretti (45th + 1), Danilo (73rd).
PSG: Donnarumma – Ramos, Marquinhos (cap.), Kimpembe – Hakimi (Mukiele, 78th), Verratti (Sanches, 87th), Vitinha (Pereira, 78th) Mendes – Messi (Soler, 84th), Neymar, Mbappé. Entr. : Galtier.
Juventus: Perin – Danilo, Bonucci, Bremer – Kostic, Miretti (McKennie, 46th), Paredes, Rabiot (Kean, 87th), Cuadrado (Di Sciglio, 74th) – Vlahovic, Milik (Locatelli, 68th). Entr. : Happy.