PSG won 2-0 at Metz in the fourth day of L1, back on the clear victory in three stats concerning Marco Verratti, Idrissa Gueye and the long game of PSG.
First for Verratti
This is the first decisive pass of Marco Verratti's season. His perfectly balanced free-kick found the head of the new hero Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting (43). If one highlights this statistic is that it concretizes the good start of the season of the Italian maestro and that it allows to translate into offensive efficiency "stinging and stumbling" its achievements.
But it is also to point out its historical difficulties to be effective against the goal. He was regularly reproached, rightly, with the former player of Pescara his lack of production in the goals and assists stats. The graph below only confirms this recurrent weakness in his game.
Let's hope that the arrival of Idrissa Gueye, who relieves him greatly in the dirty work, allows him to concentrate on the noble tasks and that he gives goal balls to his attackers. Even if he starts marking himself. We can always dream…
5/6 for Gueye
Idrissa Gueye won 5 of the 6 aerial duels he played against the Messins. On his own, he won half of the fights in the air won by PSG (Thiago Silva is credited with 4 and Dagba 1). In addition to the balloons taken on the clearances of the goalkeeper Messin, we also noted the two offensive shots after kicks stopped that could have known better fate (including one on the crossbar). In two games, the former Toffee is 8 duels won over the 9 games, 88.9% success.
However, with his size (1.74 m, 66 kilos), he does not go favorite in the air struggles. Moreover, his career stats (see graph below) do not argue in his favor since he turns, in the league, not even an aerial duel won per game on average. To see then on the duration.
14/16 when Marquinhos lengthens
This is the number of successful long passes attempted by Marquinhos against Metz. He had already tried more on a match (17 in Toulouse in March 2019) but never succeeded so much. In this match, he presents figures close to those of his first three games of the season in cumulated (15/19). On average this start of the exercise, this gives 7.3 long passes successful per game (83%), well above its stats last season (4.1 to 64%).
In Lorraine, he has "contaminated" his teammates since the team ends the game with 34 long passes (out of 42 attempted). Never last year PSG had managed so many long distance passes (maximum 33 in Nice and against Nîmes). The average over the season was 23.1 long passes per game (lowest ratio of Ligue 1), out of 36 attempted.
In detail at Saint-Symphorien, this gives per player:
The man of the match: Angel Di Maria
With an evaluation of 8.27 according to the specialized website Whoscored, Angel Di Maria is ahead of Thiago Silva (7.99) and Marco Verratti (7.93).
In the absence of the magical trio in attack (Neymar, Mbappé, Cavani), the experienced Argentinian (31 years) was expected and he answered present. Despite his failure in this exercise last week, he did not flee his responsibilities and knew how to transform the penalty awarded by Schneider (11th minute). He did not, however, content himself with that. Positioned on the left in the first half and most often on the right side in the second, he asked a lot of the ball (87 balls hit, against an average in 2018-2019 of 62) and provoked the opposing defense (9 dribbling attempts) and 5 successful).
Aside from his penalty, his shots (3) were not successful, but he hit several dangerous corners (2 key passes). We can also note that he left it to Verratti to draw the free-kick right side that will bring the goal of the head of Choupo-Moting. Even without touching the ball, he was able to be decisive! The MCN can rest quietly, Di Maria is wearing the leader's suit and PSG is in good hands.