Time is long, very long, for Kylian Mbappé.
Despite the victory of PSG (1-0), the Parisian striker has just completed his eighth Champions League match without scoring.
A first in his career, obviously, and an eternity for a player who remains stuck at the entrance of the 100 club, only occupied by Rocheteau (100), Pauleta (109), Ibrahimovic (156) and Cavani (200) at PSG .
The face displayed by the Parisian contrasts with his vitaminized return against his former club Monaco, last Friday (2-3).
That day, in addition to a double, Mbappé thought he would score his 100th goal, before being stopped by the VAR.
This Tuesday at the Parc des Princes, it was not even necessary.
No need for the replay to see that we were closer to the crash than to Bondy's crack.
Too far from the goal, too little served, too annoyed by the collective shortcomings, Mbappé has never been able to get PSG out of his very disappointing face.
In these evenings without, there are always exceptional qualities to the striker, who can make a team tremble just by his presence and his speed.
In the first half, his acceleration on an excellent service from Neymar forced Upamecano to a tackle as superb as it was desperate, in the last tenth before conceding a penalty (39th).
Before that, he had been spectacular to break through the defense and serve Neymar, before attempting an acrobatic kick off target (15th).
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In the defensive field, Mbappé sometimes tried to help his friends, curled up much lower.
We didn't quite understand the plan, to be honest, but the attacker sometimes defended on the right, sometimes on the left, sometimes just in front of his defense.
Not really the flagship register of the world champion.
In the use of the ball, on the rare outings of the PSG ball, Mbappé sometimes played too much alone.
He missed a great opportunity, too, on a subtly played free kick over the wall quickly by Di Maria, his favorite assist provider since arriving in Paris.
His volley flew over the goal of Gulacsi (58th).
When the Ile-de-France came out in the 90th, replaced by Moise Kean, he seemed at the end of the rope physically, probably marked by his recent absences due to Covid-19 and then to an injury to the right thigh.
Silent for almost a year in the Champions League
This shortage confirms Mbappé's recent difficulties in the Champions League.
He hasn't scored for almost a year (December 11 on the Galatasaray lawn) and now runs to one goal every 175 minutes, almost half his ratio in Ligue 1 (one goal every 90 minutes).
Surprising for a player who had shown that he knew how to score anytime and against anyone in Monaco and during the 2018 World Cup. The opportunity to put an end to this very disappointing series will present itself on Wednesday next in Manchester.
At Old Trafford, Mbappé had scored his only goal in a knockout match on the European scene under the Parisian colors, during the very convincing 2-0 success, spoiled in the return match (1-3).
A reason for hope in an autumn full of contrasts between his 8 goals in 6 matches in Ligue 1 and none in the Champions League…