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Bruno Génésio has succeeded again
It is becoming a habit for Bruno Génésio.
Already a PSG winner several times with Lyon, the French coach is doing it again with Rennes by pocketing a second success against the capital club, after that acquired in October 2021 (2-0).
For this meeting, he had decided to innovate by aligning a defense with five elements to block the Parisians.
A winning strategy as the championship leader has “broken” his teeth on the Breton defence.
Hamari Traoré, brave captain
The right side is not having the best season of his career but he remains an exemplary captain.
Resisting Neymar, then Mbappé, Hamari Traoré knew how to keep his calm but did not forget to attack.
The proof with this goal scored by bringing the surplus in the opposing area on a cross from Truffert.
Springing at the right time, he blew up Roazhon Park and scored the only goal of a resounding success.
Theate, boss of defense
At the heart of this 5-element defense, Arthur Theate behaved like a real boss.
The Belgian rear has won many duels and has never been impressed by Messi and others.
Achieving several welcome clearances, he guided his defense perfectly.
Zaire-Emery, Donnarumma, the rare Parisian satisfactions
Youngest holder in the history of PSG in Ligue 1 at 16 years and 313 days, Warren Zaire-Emery did not have cold feet.
Solid in the duels, he was not impressed and won many duels in midfield.
Not clumsy with the ball at his feet, he tried to bring some binder into the Parisian game.
As for Gianluigi Donnarumma, he finally delayed the deadline by signing several quality parades.
Before, finally, bowing.
Paris is not there mentally
The after World Cup seems to be difficult to digest for PSG.
Since the resumption at the end of December, the Parisian services have been rather worrying.
Without spring, without mind, without character, the Parisians disappoint week after week.
After a non-game at Lens two weeks ago, they again fell short in all areas, displaying an attitude that was too casual for a game of this level.
Neymar, new evening without
He was the Neymar of bad evenings this Sunday in Rennes.
Short of form and, it seems, of rhythm, the Brazilian annoyed by his ill-calculated risk-taking with the ball at his feet and numerous ball losses, weakening the balance of PSG on the Rennes counterattacks.
Never in the right tempo, he showed his bad face, in line with what he has produced since his return from the World Cup.
Ghostly Ekitike, Parisian entrants barely more in sight
On a good run before this meeting (4 goals in his last 5 matches), Hugo Ekitike did not exist in this match in Rennes.
The slender striker was little served by his partners and never knew how to make himself useful to the collective.
Sometimes lost, he gave way to Mbappé who, despite all his efforts, never weighed in on the debates, even missing a duel against Mandanda (69th).
The substitutes at PSG have also all missed their entry, from Soler to Fabian Ruiz, via Hakimi, at fault on the Rennes goal.