PSG-Lille was considerably balanced, this Thursday at midday, after the announcement of the package of Kylian Mbappé and the uncertainty surrounding Leo Messi. For Lille, who understood from Sunday evening that the case would be judged without Achraf Hakimi, it is as if it was enough to wait for the days to pass for hope to be reborn. The reigning French champion dawdles in 10th place in the standings, sees Burak Yilmaz slip by to the locker room without a glance before having to apologize in front of the group and fail to beat Brest at home (1-1), nor to avoid the defeat in Clermont the first step (1-0). In short, the good news rarely comes from his side and it is safer to watch for the hard knocks of the opponent to sketch a future in this championship.
Already not very flamboyant in the game, Paris therefore loses its best player, who caught a cold after the clasico (0-0). Mbappé is not the only absence that threatens. Mauricio Pochettino will decide this Friday morning to invite or not to the Parc des Princes Leo Messi, victim of a small muscle discomfort. With the trip to Leipzig next week in the Champions League and seven points ahead of its dolphin Lens in France, the capital club can afford to protect its stars and send the bench to the assault of the Mastiffs.
The bench like Mauro Icardi, who became a footballer again after a telenovela sequence not always in the best taste, or the vintage PSG with an Angel Di Maria to conquer a new story in his season. For now, she is skating, depending on her suspensions in the European Cup and the arrival of Leo Messi. We saw it in Marseille: there is still the adjustment variable when you have to take out one of the four so-called fantastic (it was just after Hakimi’s red card).
Neymar thus remained on the lawn despite the pain he inspired and the ineffectiveness he showed. The Brazilian, too, can take advantage of the return of the light on him to renew with the brilliance and statistics more in line with his status. PSG must finally provide information and answer this question: is there life on earth without Mbappé?