LEAGUE 1 – It was not only Leonardo's exit in the mixed zone … An unusual team composition, a Alphonse Aréola in the starting blocks that left a place for a novice in the cage and Eric Choupo Motoring in streak mode: Paris had an eventful but ultimately happy night in Metz.
While the rumor of a departure in Madrid, instead of Keylor Navas, had been swelling for several days, the world champion – who was still smiling when it was time to warm up – spent the game on the bench : "It's possible that we do not see Alphonse Areola again with the PSG jersey, there are negotiations between clubs, with Alphonse too, so he decided not to play"Thomas Tuchel explained just before the game.
A statement validated by the exit of the field of the French doorman, after the final whistle, where he was particularly seen in the arms of Thiago Silva, visibly moved. Later in mixed zone, Leonardo, tempered him, confirming negotiations with Real: "It's not done yet".
Choupo-Moting, he's the boss
While all the observers and the management of Paris-Saint-Germain have the mind occupied with the various files of this end of mercato, on the ground, it is he who makes the law. Author of his third goal in 2 matches of Ligue 1, Choupo-Moting continues to wear the PSG in a period marked by injuries and absences due to mercato.
The Cameroon international, who attracted so much criticism and mockery last year, is in form, proof: in two games, he scored as many goals as in his other 22 appearances under the tunic of PSG, and for the first time since October 2016 (with Schalke 04), he scored in two games in a row.
This Friday at Saint-Symphorien, he did not raise the crowds as was the case at the Parc des Princes against Toulouse. However, he scored the goal of 2-0 on his first attempt of the match, a beautiful head crossed at the reception of a free kick from Verratti. He did not do everything well, hit few balls (34), but symbolized the state of mind of his team during this fourth day, serious, not hesitating to win to hinder the revival of the circles adverse.
"There were positive and negative things, it's clear that it was not our best game, it's harder to prepare for the games with so many absentees, I'm happy to have scored, as long as the coach lets me play, I give the best " said to Canal + who is currently the top scorer of PSG this season.