There is something new in Paris.
While waiting for the end of the transfer window, the countdown for the last week begins on Monday, Thomas Tuchel unveiled this Sunday evening in Reims (2-0) a new game plan at kick-off.
A 4-3-3 with Neymar positioned as a left midfielder, in the manner of what Carlo Ancelotti had achieved at Real Madrid with Angel Di Maria in the heart of the 2010s. The German coach had sketched the beginnings of this tactical scheme during the victory in Nice (3-0) last Sunday.
Attractive even if it asks for confirmation against teams more robust than the Stade de Reims, penultimate in the championship and far removed from the standards of last season.
It's hard to blame the Champenois, probably exhausted by their elimination on Thursday in the Europa League after extra time and a penalty shootout in Hungary.
The technical and physical difference with a PSG coming out of his first full week of training back to school was abysmal.
The aptly named “fantastic four” (Neymar, Di Maria, Mbappé, Icardi) started together for the 8th time since December 2019. With this tactical novelty, therefore, that the Brazilian playmaker, back after his sanction of two matches suspension, sublimated.
Starting from lower on the field, facing the game and limited pressing, the Parisian star enjoyed individually as much as she distributed the balls.
Acceleration with the ball at the foot, technical ease, fluid connection with his friends Mbappé and Mauro Icardi ... Neymar showed a complete panoply and only the goal escaped him (43rd, 59th, 90th + 2), as is the case since the July 24.
The finish materialized thanks to the French world champion and the Argentine striker.
Two assists for the first, two goals for the second (9th, 62nd).
Like a strong pre-match warm-up - Mbappé broke a seat on a strike, Icardi touched the face of a child on a punching exercise - they were hungry.
During a meeting that reminded us that the number of spectators is less important than the encouragement, the Reims public not equaling that of Lens, Tuchel also chose the option Leandro Paredes in number 6, in front of the defense.
Just like a third start in a row for Draxler.
Two players that the technician wants to keep, despite their potential interesting market value at a time of Parisian financial needs.
The only flaw of his team this Sunday, a certain ease that could have cost more without the vigilance of Kimpembe, Marquinhos and Navas, saved once by his post (61st).
PSG has a third success there, enough to come within four units of the Rennes leader and to overtake OM in the standings.
As if Paris had finally digested the defeat in the hot clasico better than its eternal rival ...
Half time: 0-1.
Referee: M. Buquet.
Goals: Icardi (9th, 62nd).
Reims: Cassama (35th), Foket (74th);
PSG: Draxler (51st), Marquinhos (90th + 3).
Reims: Rajkovic - Foket, Maresic, Abdelhamid (cap.), Konan - Mbuku (Zeneli, 66th), Chavalerin, Cassama (Hornby, 81st), Berisha - Donis (Dia, 58th), Touré (Kutesa, 66th).
PSG: Navas - Florenzi, Marquinhos (cap.), Kimpembe (Diallo, 84th), Bakker - Draxler (Herrerra, 68th), Paredes (Verratti, 68th), Neymar -Di Maria (Ruiz, 78th), Icardi (Sarabia, 78th) ), Mbappé.