Geoffrey Steines, published on Friday, August 30, 2019 at 10:45 pm
Deprived of Cavani and Mbappé, PSG went to win the field of Metz (2-0) at the opening of the fourth day of L1. Di Maria and Choupo-Moting hit and offered the lead to the Paris club.
This trip to Metz was a trap. PSG, the head elsewhere in this end of Mercato hyper movement, escaped without the least concern. Despite a diminished team, including offensively (Neymar pending start, Kylian Mbappé and Edinson Cavani in the infirmary), and disturbing results outside (5 defeats on the last 6 L1 meetings on the move), the champion of France won with authority in the title holder in L2 (2-0). Angel Di Maria and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, now the only top scorer of the Paris club, scored both goals in the first period and propelled their team to the top of the standings. At least temporarily, waiting for the Rennes and Lyon matches this weekend.
A lack of being great in the game, the PSG was particularly serious in Saint-Symphorien. It was necessary to get out with a 19-year-old goalkeeper who was making his first appearance at the pros, to avoid Alphonse Areola a bizarre situation in the prospect of his departure for Real Madrid, and a 17-year-old kidney holder in midfield. The opening of the quick score on a logical penalty helped the club of the Capital to control his match, where he held the ball with calm against Messins who had clearly chosen to wait for the visitors to place cons. The plan worked at the very beginning of the meeting, before becoming inoperative in the face of the application of the Parisians in the defensive withdrawal and their ability to quickly recover the balloons. The men of Thomas Tuchel have since been able to unfold with long sequences of conservation, while being constantly dangerous on the set pieces of kicks, field in which the Messins have suffered enormously.
Always in control of the tempo at the return of the locker room, the Parisians did turn without really trying to take shelter. An option that forced the Grenats to run after the ball without succeeding in wrapping the debates. Admittedly, PSG had a slow time, recalling that it still had room for improvement in its physical rise by the resumption of the Champions League in mid-September. The Messins even took the opportunity to solicit Marcin Bulka, solid on a free kick by Farid Boulaya before being more hesitant on a long shot by Marvin Gakpa. But history will remember that he made a clean-sheet for his debut with Paris, the first of his club outside in L1 since the end of March. A sign that this PSG, more limited in talent than usual, knows how to make good use of his intelligence and experience to get by a promoted.
The moment T:
And one more … Frank Schneider has added an interruption to the series launched at the beginning of the season on order of the LFP. Involved new banners deemed homophobic. Well Named ? Not necessarily, supporters of FC Metz having chosen the irony to address the league by repeating the words of the song "Balance ton what" Angela, who claims his commitment against any form of discrimination. By force the zero tolerance turns to ridicule.
11th minute (0-1)
PSG maliciously plays a corner on the left side. After a combination with Choupo-Moting, Bernat beat M.Fofana, who ruthlessly cut him off trying to clear and concede the penalty. Di Maria takes care of it and takes Oukidja on the wrong foot.
43rd minute (0-2)
Eccentric free-kick on the right for PSG. Verratti hit him and dropped his center at the penalty box, where Choupo-Moting cut the line. His recovery of the uncrossed head deceives Oukidja, who can only scratch the ball.
Tops and flops
Angel DI MARIA (7)
As usual, Angel Di Maria took his responsibilities as the spearhead of an orphan attack by Neymar, Mbappé and Cavani. The Argentinian opened the score on a penalty kick and showed a lot of activity, including in the defensive substitution, until he was physically down over the minutes. A constant threat on set pieces.
Marco VERRATTI and Idrissa GUEYE (7)
The pair of Parisian recuperators made an impeccable match. Marco Verratti and Idrissa Gueye have maintained the balance of the block with a huge slaughter at recovery and a smart placement. Between them, they scratched more than 25 balloons and gave the tempo. The Italian international even issued a decisive pass to top it off.
Mamadou FOFANA (3)
Mamadou Fofana paid to learn. The young Malian midfielder had a tough night against PSG. He first conceded a penalty, before being too passive on the free-kick break for the Parisians. In addition, he did not really exist in his sentinel role. At least his ordeal lasted only one hour.
The match sheet
METZ – PSG: 0-2
Stade Saint-Symphorien (20,000 spectators approximately)
Hot weather – Excellent lawn
Arbitrator : M.Schneider (4)
goals : Di Maria (11th sp) and Choupo-Moting (43rd) for PSG
warnings : M.Fofana (27th) for Metz – Tuchel (65th) for PSG
Expulsion : Any
Oukidja (5) – One hundred and eleven (5), Sunzu (4), Boye (4), Of wool (4) – H.Maïga (5), M.Fofana (3) then Angban (59th), Cohade (cap) (4) then Gakpa (70th) – Nguette (4), H.Diallo (6), Boulaya (4) then I.Niane (82nd)
Did not participate : Delecroix (g), Cabit, K.N'Doram, Ambrose
Coach : V.Hognon
Bulka (5) – Dagba (6), Marquinhos (5), T.Silva (cap) (5), Bernat (5) – I.Gueye (7), Verratti (7) then Kurzawa (82nd) - Sarabia (4), Aouchiche (5) then Paredes (65th), Di Maria (7) – Choupo-Moting (6) then Jesé (90th)
Did not participate : Areola (g), Kimpembe, Miller, Kouassi
Coach : T.Tuchel