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PSG-Dortmund: the favorites and claws of our special envoys


Highlights: PSG beat Dortmund 2-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Kylian Mbappe and Achraf Hakimi scored the goals at the Parc des Princes. Manuel Ugarte made his Champions League debut for the French club. The Uruguayan striker has not succeeded in his debut with his new club. Find out what pleased and displeased the special envoys of Le Figaro during the match between Paris SG and Dortmund (2-0) Tuesday night in the UEFA Champions League.

Find out what pleased and displeased the special envoys of Le Figaro during the match between Paris SG and Dortmund (2-0) Tuesday night in the Champions League.

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Less flashy but a real collective victory

No one should get carried away after this victory of PSG. Because it's a first group match, because Dortmund is not a cador and because Luis Enrique's training is still largely perfectible. But in the atmosphere of the Parc des Princes with this new-look Paris-SG, the time is for satisfaction and desire to see this team again. Because that is what it is all about. Paris no longer has Messi, Neymar or Verratti, the glitz has disappeared, but the idea of a return to a collective and a united group can (must) trigger another dynamic in the capital. We glimpse some snippets of what Luis Enrique wants to put in place, especially in the recovery, with harassment at all times as soon as the ball is lost. Dortmund were asphyxiated on this precise point, unable to multiply passes to give themselves air. And unlike last year, PSG is not cut in two, everyone plays the game of thankless work but essential to the famous balance. There are fewer elements watching each other play and everyone seems eager to hurt themselves for others. The premises of a real football team.

Hakimi's jewel

Parc des Princes on Tuesday night. The clock shows the 58th minute of play. PSG lead 1-0 after Kylian Mbappe's penalty. The moment chosen by Achraf Hakimi to capsize the Parc des Princes. After an attack initiated by Vitinha, the Moroccan is called upon for the first time at the 25 meters. He feigned a semblance of a strike, before giving the ball back to the Portuguese and continuing his effort with a call into the box. The rest speaks for itself. With a new feint of strike, he mystifies the German defense and doubles the bet of a perfectly felt right foot outside. Great art. A real gem. And the confirmation that ball at the foot, the full-back of PSG is really not embarrassed.

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The Parc des grands soirs

Just before the match, Patrick Bruel, an inveterate fan of Paris-SG, sneaks incognito to reach the stands of the Park. Sign of an evening like no other with the return of the Champions League, and the usual dreams of all the Parisian people, the atmosphere against Dortmund was at the rendezvous Tuesday night. In a sold-out venue, with the Collectif Ultras Paris (CUP) setting the tone and full support until after the final whistle, the C1 debut was also successful in the stands. Once the victory was recorded, Marquinhos and his partners took advantage of every moment to commune with the Auteuil corner. A few meters away, Luis Enrique, on the pitch, also took pleasure in greeting the fans.

The law of the middle

Substitute at the kick-off against Nice (defeat 2-3), Manuel Ugarte was uncertain after a blow in training on Monday. Fortunately for PSG, he was indeed available against Dortmund. The Uruguayan changes absolutely everything for Paris, who can press higher and harder with him. Second Kiss-Kool effect, his presence frees Vitinha and Warren Zaire-Emery, brilliant Friday night. Elected, man of the match, the Portuguese made a full game, both in recovery and creation, like his work on the second goal to serve Hakimi. Perhaps his best match in the colors of the capital club? A performance... à la Verratti. The young (17 years old) titi showed for his part a face that we did not know him, very enterprising ball at the foot. The trio Ugarte/Vitinha/Zaire-Emery, winning ticket for PSG.

Our claws

Kolo Muani in the hard

Is it a bad translation or just positive communication towards your player? On Tuesday night, when asked about Randal Kolo Muani's "tricky match" and "difficulties", Luis Enrique pouted. "The difficulties? Did you find him in trouble? I didn't see him in trouble at any time," he retorted vigorously. However, the former Frankfurt striker has not succeeded in his Champions League debut with his new club. Simple observation to say that the French international did not weigh on the meeting, alternating between bad choices, inaccuracies and inability to be found by his partners. In his pivotal role, with Mbappé and Dembélé as dragsters on the sides, he had a hard time combining with them, proof of an adaptation that requires time and the sequence of matches. From Sunday against OM?

Straight to the point?

Speaking of OM, the Parisians take a malicious pleasure in moving as far as possible from the motto of the Marseille club since the beginning of the season. Straight to the point? Not PSG, ineffective. Against Dortmund, Luis Enrique's men sent 17 shots towards Dortmund's goal. Only three framed! An evil that represents a real trend since the beginning of the season. To be corrected as soon as possible. Referees will not always award penalties as generous as Tuesday's to unblock the situation...

Dortmund didn't look like a Bundesliga cador

Vice-champion of Germany, Borussia Dortmund did not show much Tuesday night at the Park. Moreover, with only one shot on target to negotiate Gianluigi Donnarumma could almost put the same jersey back against OM on Sunday as he did not sweat. The Ruhr formation was not a big Bundesliga club for the debut in the Champions League. Positioned in a 5-3-2 far too defensive and devoured by the trio Vitinha-Ugarte-Zaire-Emery, the Germans were hard to see at times. And with a little more success of the Parisians, they would have left with the suitcase full.

Source: lefigaro

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