Despite the mountain of packages, including surprise Alphonse Areola, Paris Saint-Germain has managed most against FC Metz: leave Lorraine with the three points before waiting patiently for the end of the transfer window and the international truce. After that, the PSG can see more clearly.
FC Metz 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain
Goals: Di María (11 e, sp) and Choupo-Moting (43e) for PSGIf the presidential platform of the stadium Saint-Symphorien was still standing, we could certainly find an old photo from September 2017, with the last visit of Paris Saint-Germain in Lorraine. On the shot: the Mbappé-Cavani-Neymar trio for the first time assembled, with a clear 5-1 win at the end. Two years later, the document would have had horny corners, but it would have been always less than the CMN, which currently has two of its injured members and one between Paris and Barcelona. But this is not a surprise: the PSG still has the necessary staff to overcome a promoted, which happened on Friday night, with two goals on set kick. However, it is with less grip and brightness than usual and with a deleterious climate around her that this team has recovered three points in Lorraine. The substitutes have done the job, but will it be enough to compete, in the choice, against the bête noire or Real Madrid, the next two opponents?
ADM and ECM to forget the CMN
But as if the absences of his offensive stars were not enough, Thomas Tuchel must manage other parameters to form his starting lineup. The German must then do without Alphonse Areola, the latter not wishing to play since in the case of departure to Real Madrid. Yes, being a PSG coach also requires having his HR degrees and air traffic controller. So it's the novices Marcin Bulka and Adil Aouchiche (youngest player lined up by PSG in Ligue 1) who are sent to the front to face the Ligue 2 champion.
In this particular context, able-bodied Parisians, however, have the good idea to quickly take shelter, just to dismiss new doubts. On a corner of Ángel Di María, Juan Bernat attacks his ball well and is mowed by Mamadou Fofana. Indisputable penalty turned into a boss by the faithful El Fideo (0-1, 11e). Although camped in their camp and in great difficulty on each set of kicks, the Messins do not fall apart. On the other hand, Habib Diallo retaliated with two high class routines without finding the frame (15e and 24e), then the kop garnet fun to take the words of Angela on a banner, just to have the right to also cause the LFP (20e). The interruption of the match is very succinct, not the Parisian pressure. On an excellent free kick by Verratti, Choupo-Moting scored his third goal in two games and equaled his total of the previous season (0-2, 43e). Clearly the employee of the month.
The end of summer, and fast!
Rather than letting itself flow into the second act, the Mosellans disturb the Parisians much more in their transmissions. A little air that allows side Delaine and Centonze to put the gas. The second gets a very good free kick at the entrance to the surface, trampled by Adil Aouchiche (interesting until then), but the kick of Farid Boulaya fails a few inches from the post of Marcin Bulka (62).e). Tonton Alphonse has a smile on his face on the bench, and the young Pole has to take out the gloves against the same gunner, on a new free kick, this time floating (78e). The men of the capital let slip the minutes, the time to see new problems emerge: Choupo-Moting and Di María, the two scorers of the evening, end the meeting with a knee squeaks, allowing Jose out of his cellar. Phew, an international truce and soon the end of the transfer window …
Metz (4-3-3): Oukidja – Centonze, Sunzu, Boye, Delaine – Cohade (Gakpa, 70)e), Fofana (Angban, 58e), Maïga – Boulaya (Niane, 81)e), Diallo, Nguette. Coach: Vincent Hognon.
Paris (4-3-3): Bulka – Dagba, Marquinhos, Silva Thiago, Bernat – Gueye, Verratti (81e), Aouchiche (Paredes, 64)e) – Di María, Choupo-Moting (Jesé, 89)e), Sarabia. Coach: Thomas Tuchel.
By Mathieu Rollinger