PSG-OM: favorites and scratches after an animated Clasico

PSG-OM: favorites and scratches after an animated Clasico

DESCRIPTION – Beyond the final result, find out what caught the attention of our journalist present on Sunday night at the Parc des Princes, during the 103rd Classic.


Marquinhos found, as if by chance

Unrecognizable for long weeks, Marquinhos says his current form is not linked to the switch to a three-man defense from the start of the season. We don’t have to believe it. Especially when you see his performance in the win over OM on Sunday (1-0). Indeed, Christophe Galtier had chosen to return to a four-man defence. “Marqui” started with the right axis, before switching to the left after the departure of Danilo Pereira (see elsewhere). However, he put in a complete match from start to finish, in any case better than his last outings. In short, it’s not just Kylian Mbappé who isn’t playing his real job this season. To the good understanding…

An all-on classic

PSG-OM or OM-PSG are rarely good matches. Tense, hooked or suspenseful matches, yes. But for the show, we are often left unsatisfied. Not this time. In any case, the two teams created plenty of chances on Sunday night at the Parc des Princes. Rhythm, intensity. 41 goals in total, with seven saves attributable to Gianluigi Donnarumma in the Parisian team and eight to Pau López, brilliant in goal for OM. In the end, however, we only managed one goal. But we didn’t have time to get bored, the ball often went from one goal to another. Nice.

Paris, environmental law

Claimed by many since last season, the five-back (or three, it depends) scheme appears from the start of the season in Paris under the orders of a fanatical Christophe Galtier of 4-4-2. Diagram that was put in parentheses on Saturday, as expected. For the absent defenders? Not really. “There was a will to do something else.“, promises the Parisian coach. And to continue:The last games were slow. The sequence of matches made us start to purr. We create fewer situations. I found it appropriate to add people in-game compared to what we had identified in the Marseille game.One thing is certain: it worked. Marco Verratti and Vitinha dominated the Veretout/Rongier double overall and Fabian Ruiz, despite a few blemishes here and there, showed that he is better than just an option off the bench in front of defence. Also, like Marquinhos, Achraf Hakimi has delivered one of the best games from him since the start of the season, if not the best, when we imagine him most comfortable in a piston role. “We will insist on this system.“says Christophe Galtier.

Mbappé assumes, inside and outside the field

It is true that he did not score on Sunday night. But Kylian Mbappé, freer than usual, more complete in his football expression, delivered his first assist of the season. Despite a context of thought, he responded present. Yet. And he provided after-sales service in mixed zone. “I’m very happy. I never asked for my departure in January. I was as surprised as everyone. We were shocked when we found out. It is completely false. If I’m mad at the club? Nope“, hammer.

Ginola, respect for elders

A Parisian from 1992 to 1995, with the title of French champion, two coronations in the Coupe de France and one in the Coupe de la Ligue, not forgetting three semi-finals of the European Cup, including one in the Champions League, David Ginola actively participated in the takeoff of PSG in the first years of Canal +. A club legend. And the fans haven’t forgotten. Present at the Parc des Princes on Sunday, he was acclaimed by the Parisian people and received the tribute that his talent demanded. Respect for elders is important. And the Parisian ultras, all the fans, did not miss it.


Leg, the blood trace

What fly bit Samuel Gigot? Coming on late in the first half in place of the injured Eric Bailly, the Marseille defender collapsed completely in the 73rd minute, mowing down Neymar hard. Direct red, the 22nd in the history of clashes between the two best enemies in French football. It is true that, ultimately, the contact is not as violent as one might think at real speed and from the stands. But Gigot simply could have broken the Brazilian’s leg if he hadn’t jumped just before impact. A crazy move. “In the second half we pressed a lot but Samuel Gigot’s red card ended the game.sums up Igor Tudor.

The clumsiness and… shyness of OM

We respect PSG too much“. This is the observation that Igor Tudor made on Sunday. Pau López shares it. If in this match they adopted an ambitious attitude, without hesitation in playing the offensive card even if it means discovering themselves behind and finding themselves in one on one against the stars of the “MNM”, the Marseillais have indeed lacked bite and above all precision in the last gesture.Prohibitive against such an army.

Defenseless Paris?

When he doesn’t want to… If there is a sector in which Christophe Galtier had to aspire not to injure himself, it is in defense. After Milan Skriniar’s flop during the summer transfer window, the capital club are truly short. Especially when he plays three in the middle, as he had been doing since the beginning of the season. And as if by chance, it is in defense where mistakes accumulate… After Presnel Kimpembe and Nuno Mendes, injured, Sergio Ramos received a two-game ban. And on Sunday, Danilo Pereira was forced to give up his place after 25 minutes. Apart from the (very) young El Chadaille Bitshiabu (17), the Parisian manager has, at the time of writing, only Marquinhos and Nordi Mukiele available for next Friday’s Ajaccio match.

SEE ALSO – OM-PSG: “We did well to change the system”, says Kylian Mbappé

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