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Tops / Flops Lens-PSG: Lens and Leca impress, Pochettino and his players worry


In a boiling Bollaert stadium, the Parisians went to snatch the point of draw (1-1) against a team of Lensoise courageous and very attractive football.


Imperial Leca and Medina

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A heroic Leca, surely the man of the match, symbol of a Lens team with character, which knew how to impose its rhythm and revealed the faults of an autumn champion who worries. His two breathtaking saves at the end of the first period saved Lens from a result that could have been even more cruel than it already is. The Lensois goalkeeper delivered a high-class performance and can blame his defenders for being loose on Wijnaldum's goal at the very end of the match. But it would be unfair to summarize the performance of the northern defense to this goal conceded at the end of the suspense, especially in the face of an attack like that of PSG. Like the performance of his young defense boss, Facundo Medina, the Lensoise rearguard had a good match.The defender made key interventions in the face of a Parisian attack lacking inspiration (before Kylian Mbappé entered the 70th). He is at the origin of the blood and gold goal, thanks to his recovery in the feet of Lionel Messi.

Fofana master of midfield

The only Lens scorer, he played a decisive role in the offensive and defensive phases of the Sang et Or tonight.

Present at the recovery, Seko Fofana was also at the origin of many of the Lensoise counter-attacks.

Launched at full speed, he often made the right choices in the transmission of the ball on the counterattack.

We can regret the strike on the post of Sotoca in the 80th, which could have killed the match and confirmed the excellent evening of Fofana, in all respects.

The atmosphere

Finally, how can we not salute the atmosphere and the devotion of Lens supporters for the Racing Club.

From start to finish, the players were able to count on the admirable support of the more than 30,000 supporters present at the Stade Bollaert this evening.

The supporters, like their team, have shown all their passion and courage, which commands respect.

The Racing Club de Lens are definitely one of the most attractive teams in the championship this year.


The Parisian attack and Pochettino

PSG side, what to say about this new disappointing performance ... For 30 minutes, the Parisians were unable to react to the onslaught of Lens. If Marquinhos and Kimpembe did their best, little supported by a Paredes midfielder, not reassuring Pereira (they both came out in the 70th), the attack did not really shine. The Argentinian attacking trio lacked inspiration and accuracy. Di Maria lost 10 balls, Icardi did not take advantage of Kylian Mbappé's absence to stand out (the French replaced him in the 70th). As for Lionel Messi, he was shy. Despite a strike on the post in the 17th minute of play, the Argentine star did not really sparkle, jostled, like his entire team by the ardor and intensity of the Lensois game. At the end of the first act, and untilat the end of the game, no longer tried. Without being decisive, he is the one who tried the most with Mbappé, among the Parisians.

Pochettino got almost everything wrong

But if the players did not play well, it is also because of the coach and his incomprehensible tactical approach. Yet warned of the game offered by the Lensois for over a year, Mauricio Pochettino gave the impression of a total loss of control, not knowing what device to adopt to stop the constant attacks of the Lensois. Complete disorganization in defense, an unusual placement for Verratti in the right lane, Mauricio Pochettino still does not seem to have impregnated the Parisian game with his paw. Same observation, match after match. By changing composition four times, the Argentinian technician did not make it easy for his players but can thank his substitutes, Wijnaldum and Mbappé for offering him the point of the draw. After the game,Pochettino protects his players and keeps smiling. He rightly salutes the performance of Lens, but does not seem alarmed by the game offered by his players ...

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2021-12-05

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