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Kalimuendo obviously, Paris the head elsewhere… Favorites and claws after PSG-Rennes


Beyond the final result, find out what caught the attention of our journalist at the Parc des Princes, during the match between PSG and Rennes on Sunday.


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Kalimuendo buries his former club

It has become a habit: PSG is regularly tormented by its exes.

Arnaud Kalimuendo followed in the footsteps of Kingsley Coman with Bayern by scoring the break goal for Rennes on Sunday at the Parc des Princes (0-2).

Which Kalimuendo was dumped in Brittany last summer, in particular to make room for Hugo Ekitike, transparent on Sunday when he entered.

Quite a symbol.

Mute since his double against Clermont on February 19 (2-0), the former titi was active and available on the front line of the Rennes attack, even having the opportunity to score a second time.

Reindeer in his garden at the Park

More than ever, Stade Rennes is posing as a pet peeve of PSG.

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" as Christophe Galtier had said, the Bretons came to take a bowl of confidence in Paris.

Rennes' eighth victory against PSG – including four at the Parc des Princes – since 2011 and the start of the Qatari era is a record.

Bruno Genesio's players were able to turn their backs in the first period before this goal against Toko Ekambi.

Then, they took advantage of the Parisian apathy to stock up on points and regain their place in the top 5 in the standings.

Note that Rennes took six points out of six against Paris Saint-Germain this season in the French league, like Nancy in 2011-12 and AS Monaco in 2020-21.

The supporters held their rank

For this first match at the Parc since the elimination in the Champions League, we could expect a grumpy Parc des Princes.

Apart from a few whistles for Leo Messi when the starting 11 was announced and a mini-strike of encouragement at the very start of the second half, the Parisian Ultras sang from start to finish.

There were a few whistles at the break, when Rennes were already leading 1-0.

Still others at the end of the match.

Normal… But the behavior of the Collectif Ultras Paris and more generally of the Parc des Princes was irreproachable on Sunday.

The CUP even applauded the few players who have greeted them since… the central circle after the match, Kylian Mbappé in the lead.

Only one of them ventured to the foot of the turn, the Italian goalkeeper Gigio Donnarumma.


PSG, the law of the middle

With a decimated defense, Christophe Galtier made the choice to stay in 3-5-2, with therefore a midfielder at three.

Except that the Vitinha / Verratti / Ruiz trio was crunched by the Rennais, the Ugotchukwu / Bourigeaud duo in the lead.

The entrants did not do much better than the incumbents, with the exception of Warren Zaire-Emery, aligned… on the right.

In short, PSG again took the broth in the midfield on Sunday against Rennes, nothing new under the sun.

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Paris did not have the flame

Admittedly, Christophe Galtier's players dominated the first act, creating several situations.

The Rennais were not unhappy to lead 1-0 at the break.

But we had to wait to see the Red and Blue trailing 0-2 to see a semblance of reaction, of revolt.

And again… Lack of desire, tactical and physical limits, make your choice to justify this new dubious performance from the capital club, still groggy after its elimination in C1.

Obviously, the absences are substantial (Neymar, Kimpembe, Ramos…).

But that does not explain everything in terms of state of mind and desire.

Source: lefigaro

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