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Manchester-PSG: will Mbappé finally score his hundredth goal with Paris?

2020-12-02T06:03:49.086Z

The world champion is stuck at 99 goals with PSG in all competitions. And still has not scored in the Champions League in 2



This is one of the striking images of PSG-Bordeaux from last Saturday.

Otavio, not the fastest defensive midfielder in the French Championship, manages to catch up with Kylian Mbappé, one of the fastest strikers.

The world champion has just completed a week with 0 goals against Leipzig (1-0) and the Girondins (2-2) despite two chances against Benoît Costil that he would have registered if his planet was still going round.

But the Bondynois does not currently have the legs to cross the wall of 100 - blocked at 99 goals in all competitions - in the Champions League.

The next one will propel him 4th top scorer in the history of PSG, tied with Dominique Rocheteau, behind Edinson Cavani (200), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (156) and Pedro Pauleta (109).

For now, he remains the 3rd best director in C1 currently at PSG, behind Neymar and Angel Di Maria.

The three men stand in a pocket square with 15, 14 and 13 goals respectively.

But Mbappé has only two games left in 2020 to open his counter in the queen of events.

This is what catches the most attention after he finished 2019 with a hat-trick in October in Bruges and then two goals, one against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu and one against Galatasaray at the Parc, on December 11. .

Since then, nothing in the Champions League where he remains stuck at 19 goals in 38 appearances in C1 including 29 with the club of the capital.

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Today, the evils of PSG hit the attacker with full force.

The team is weaker than last season since the departures of Thiago Silva, Thomas Meunier and Edinson Cavani.

Collectively, while the Paris of Thomas Tuchel have never posted highs, the formation does not produce much this season.

The athletic preparation has been focused on the Lisbon Final 8 and not at all on the current season, every Parisian seeming to pay for it at the moment.

Finally, mental weariness catches up with them after the emotional peak of the Champions League final and the return to the daily grind since, each to different degrees.

For a Presnel Kimpembe who changes dimension with the more important responsibilities incumbent on him, the others row to stay at their level.

And the transfer window has little reshuffled the cards: only Alessandro Florenzi has won in the big games.

Result to stay on the Mbappé case: he misses clear opportunities, runs less or less quickly.

The Erling Haaland Threat

The scenery around him has changed as well, as a result.

In Lisbon, the workforce had agreed around a simple idea: there are two phenomena (Neymar and Mbappé) and the nine others are at their service and redouble their efforts for them.

Snake biting its tail: the rest of the workforce no longer has the canes to let the two artists take care of the offensive work.

As for Neymar, he lacks inspiration, carries the ball, forgets his partners.

At the end of the chain, even if he sometimes misses himself on his own, Mbappé suffers from the anemic game of PSG, from the lack of overall creativity.

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His body language translates his emotions quite well, he who never hides them.

Last week, the top scorer under 21 in the history of the Champions League (19), today threatened by Erling Haaland (16 in 12 games) who will not be 21 until next July, had the mask on the field, far from his usual smile.

He is now waiting for the sparks to return, in his eyes but especially in his feet.

Source: leparis

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