It is a paradox.
PSG ended the week with two wins but it still leaves us perplexed.
It does not indicate any improvement in the game, especially offensive, with four goals scored by Achraf Hakimi (doubled in Metz), Gana Gueye and Julian Draxler (on his first ball), against anonymous Ligue 1 defenses.
Where did the attackers go?
Certainly, the number of attempts, there were people.
To raise the arms, very little.
She showed no particular mastery, with a Keylor Navas often decisive at Saint-Symphorien or at the Parc, repelling a free kick from Téji Savanier or a header from Valère Germain, the umpteenth mark of his authority on the line.
If a sector is not moving at the moment in Paris, it is the always spectacular parades of the goalkeeper of Costa Rica, put in competition with Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Paris does not really know which direction it is running
In short, PSG will have won, allowed a rotation (16 different holders), raised some concerns about the effectiveness potential of this training and more questions, like this one, essential: it takes how many weeks for Neymar to be late ready ?
It is perhaps a question of counting in months as far as he is concerned.
Manchester City are advancing, with their airs of the first big test of the season, and Paris is not sure which direction they are running.
This does not bode well, PSG can be fantastic as any.
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We know we don't know anything. The last, or rather the only time she found the answer in front of her - against Lyon of Peter Bosz and Paqueta - she experienced all the penalties in the world to win (2-1), with a goal in the twilight of Mauro Icardi, this Saturday in his best role against Montpellier, that of substitute.
Against Montpellier, the notice of disappearance hit a good half of the team with performances clearly below Hakimi, Abdou Diallo, Leandro Paredes, Angel Di Maria or Kylian Mbappé. There are those who follow, those who play little, those who manage the match before the Champions League. And others who are also undoubtedly looking for the style requested by Mauricio Pochettino, coach of little coaching and big meeting. Facing Olivier Dall'Oglio, he will have waited for the 80th to change something, a sign of disconcerting passivity, with Gueye's exit for Georginio Wijnaldum, before seeing that it could be useful with Draxler's goal as soon as he entered the game (88th). As for the top he likes, that's good, there is one that comes, very quickly, against City.Parisians have every right to decree that this is the right time to break everything.
Gueye (14th), Draxler (88th).
Navas - Hakimi, Marquinhos (cap.), Kimpembe, Diallo - Herrera (Rafinha, 90th), Paredes, Gueye (Wijnaldum, 80th) - Di Maria (Draxler, 88th), Mbappé (Icardi, 88th), Neymar.
Omlin - Sambia, Thuler (Cozza, 25th), Estève, Ristic - Ferri (Leroy, 78th), Chotard (Gioacchini, 87th) - Mollet (Makouana, 78th), Savanier (cap.), Mavididi - Germain.