There was a world and not far from 25 degrees apart, this Saturday, between Munich and Strasbourg.
But in the end, regardless of the temperatures and the level of the teams, it is a Paris Saint-Germain who wins and maintains its dynamic of victories barely a week after having touched the bottom against Lille (0-1) on its ground. .
This successful success on the lawn of a team that has sometimes caused problems in the past is a model of good management and efficiency.
And not only because the defending champion remains in the wheel of Lille, leader of Ligue 1.
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We will remember that with now 21 goals and 7 assists in Ligue 1, Kylian Mbappé wears this PSG in the league as it allows him to climb the stages in the Champions League.
This is in no way a revelation.
But this confirms that under the snow, as in the spring mildness of a late afternoon in Strasbourg, the world champion is a tireless attacker and all-terrain.
With “only” four Munich holders at kick-off including goalkeeper Keylor Navas, Mauricio Pochettino reached the goal he had set for himself.
Kimpembe and Mbappé continued
The Argentinian coach was able to operate a large rotation and leave certain elements to the hard-hit organizations at rest.
On the field side, only Mbappé, Kimpembe and Danilo Pereira present at the kickoff at the Allianz Arena, started against Strasbourg.
For the Portuguese renewed in central defense, it is not really a problem in view of his rather disparate playing time since the beginning of the year.
For the two French, on the other hand, it could have affected their performance, even if they never appeared in physical difficulties at La Meinau.
So much so that Kimpembe finished the game and Mbappé was replaced by the young Nagera, author of his first for professionals, in the… 89th minute of play.
“We made some changes out of necessity, and others to keep the band fresh.
For example for Angel Di Maria (
Editor's note: remained on the substitute bench
), we did not want to take any risk, ”explained Mauricio Pochettino.
Navas left at half-time "as a precaution"
The only shadow - and still very slight - to this idyllic picture lies in the muscular discomfort felt by Keylor Navas.
The Costa Rican goalkeeper, great architect of victory in Munich, had to leave his partners at the break.
“He left as a precaution.
We hope that it will not be anything important ”, underlined the Parisian coach after the meeting.
The concern was not in order, this Saturday, in the Parisian ranks and the staff intends to recover their titular goalkeeper for the reception of Bayern Munich next Tuesday at the Parc des Princes.
This Sunday will also be decisive for Marco Verratti and Alessandro Florenzi who must undergo a battery of tests after contracting Covid-19.
Theoretically, the two Italian internationals will be out of their period of 10 days of isolation and could therefore apply for a place in the group against the Germans.
Ditto for Abdou Diallo and possibly Mauro Icardi who still have a chance to be restored for Munich.
The real unknown concerns Marquinhos, affected in the adductors.
A new medical point must take place this Sunday, or more surely Monday, even if for the Parisian captain, the deadlines seem very short.
But when you come out of such a buoyant week, it is not forbidden to dream.