Ahead of PSG's Barcelona clash on Tuesday, some wondered if Julian Draxler could start the meeting.
After all, Neymar and Angel Di Maria are absent and Marco Verratti uncertain.
The German remains, in addition, on two tenures in a row, the first since October, regaining the pace of play without impressing.
Verratti finally in form, "Drax" starts on the bench at Camp Nou.
But it is to him that Mauricio Pochettino calls on to replace the Italian in the 73rd minute.
The score is 3-1 in favor of the Parisians.
And on a counterattack led by Draxler, the German finds Kylian Mbappé on the left side, who rolls his shot for the 4-1 and his hat-trick.
Once again, the former Schalke 04 and Wolfsburg, who ended his contract with Paris in June, stands out in an important game.
Back on his too rare major appearances.
February 14, 2017, PSG-Barcelona: 4-0
The cross shot of Julian Draxler, who deceives Ter Stegen, for the goal of 2-0./LP/Guillaume Georges
Recruited in exchange for 38 million euros at Wolfsburg in January 2017, Draxler arrives in Paris with the image of a talented player, 23 years old and world champion in 2014. In a transition season for PSG ( post-Ibrahimovic era), the young German finds a place of entry holder under the orders of Unai Emery.
Facing Barça in the round of 16 first leg, he started on the left side of the attack.
Hyperactive, Draxler gets the 1-0 free kick, signed Di Maria, and scores the 2-0.
In our columns, he obtains the score of 8.5 out of 10, also thanks to “colossal defensive work”.
February 12, 2019, Manchester United-PSG: 0-2
Draxler had played singles in the Manchester victory./LP/Olivier Arandel
The recruitments of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé in the summer of 2017 relegated Julian Draxler to the sidelines.
In the Champions League, he plays very little in major matches (holder in Munich during a 3-1 defeat, in Naples during the 1-1).
In the league, he is a part of Thomas Tuchel's team, who therefore calls on him to replace Neymar and Cavani at Old Trafford.
Located behind Mbappé, as number 10, Draxler greatly participates in the Parisian success, the first in the history of French clubs in Mancunian territory.
But, as against Barça two years earlier, Draxler is also playing in the second leg, without being able to prevent a new "comeback".
October 28, 2018, Marseille-PSG: 0-2
Julian Draxler had completed the success of PSG on the lawn of the Vélodrome in October 2018./Icon Sport / Alexandre Dimou
The arrival on the bench of Thomas Tuchel helps Julian Draxler to settle.
Between September 14, 2018 and February 20, 2019, the world champion was established in 17 of the 20 Ligue 1 games played by PSG, most of the time as a midfielder.
And it is in a clasico in Marseille that the German will distinguish himself at the end of a complete service.
Draxler is at the conclusion of a counter-attack launched by Neymar and offers himself an iconic celebration facing the north bend of the Stade Vélodrome, hand over ear to chamber OM supporters.
A lasting memory for all Parisian fans.
Already on February 26, 2017, during his first weeks in Paris, he participated in PSG 5-1 in Marseille by scoring the 4th goal.
At the end of the contract next June, Draxler was announced on the transfer market during the last three or four mercatos.
Still present, he will therefore go after the four and a half years signed in January 2017. In 155 appearances (99 starts), Draxler has scored 23 goals and delivered around thirty assists.
An insufficient statistical assessment.
Aged 27, the friend of Presnel Kimpembe must now aim for a future far from Paris.
Unless he manages to convince one last time ...