Rennes-PSG (1-0): notice of disappearance for Paris

Rennes-PSG (1-0): notice of disappearance for Paris

PSG continues its post-World Cup muscular awakening at its own pace, close to that of a metro on a Thursday strike. After having painfully beaten Strasbourg (2-1) and Angers (2-0) and lost to Lens (3-1), he abandoned himself in the pouring rain to a new defeat, quite logical, Sunday evening in Rennes (1 -0). He offered too little, too little accelerated, too little unbalanced and Steve Mandanda will not remember it as a part to put away in his memory cupboard, he who has just closed that of the France team by announcing his international retirement. .

Nothing really worked this Sunday in Rennes, like the system with a flat attack, far from each other. Hugo Ekitike has never been found by a Neymar who is gradually returning to his true level and a Leo Messi who is a little tight in his touch. The intensity was also absent, at least in the first period with a Parisian team overwhelmed by the mobility of the Bretons, dynamited by Adrien Truffert.

The left side will eventually become a decisive passer in the second half (65th, 1-0 by Hamari Traoré) when Paris has regained consistency. Higher, more determined, with Kylian Mbappé and Achraf Hakimi entering in the 55th, Galtier’s men advanced on the ground but little in ideas with the only Juan Bernat decided to offer solutions on the width.

This PSG no longer resembles the one before the World Cup for a fairly simple reason: its three stars no longer have the same level. They replayed for the first time together and it will take them time to regain their bearings… if they do.

There are few doubts for the French world champion, even if he ruined a funny face-to-face ten minutes after entering the lawn by raising his shot too high for a goal that seemed easy given his talent. . Leo Messi, guided at least by his professionalism and the quest for an eighth Ballon d’Or, should follow suit as soon as his World Cup legs carry him again.

There remains the enigma Neymar, who we suspect has not yet digested his tournament in Qatar and for whom we fear that he will not digest it in 2023.

PSG have only one talent, their attack

When they were driven by the same goal, before flying to Qatar, they destroyed everything in their path in the French championship even if the weaknesses of Paris were already known.

Gianluigi Donnarumma could take goals, Sergio Ramos run like a grandpa, the midfielder was punched everywhere, it was okay because the magic trio flew over the debates, piled up decisive passes and goals, even going so far as to crepe their bun to take a penalty at the start of the season.

Basically, the formation of Christophe Galtier has only one talent – his attack – and clogs and tinkers elsewhere.

This second defeat in a row in the championship of France on the outside emanates for the moment from the aftermath of the World Cup. The Parisians must regain their appetite before to continue to keep a lead over Lens, back to three points, and Marseille, who do not lose and even win everywhere for the Phocaeans. It can be explained by the deficiencies masked more or less well by its offensive stars even if there is little risk that the balance is reversed, that the evil becomes more important than the remedy.

Still only punctual or deep, this drift testifies to a wobbly workforce where solidity and talent are lacking elsewhere than in front, even if Donnarumma managed to delay the deadline. Yesterday’s three defenders are average, like Vitinha in the middle. As for Warren Zaire-Emery, the youngest holder in the history of PSG in Ligue 1 (16 years and 313 days), he was not undeserved but he was not carried by the context of a team in search of landmarks. From now on, Paris must make up, erase these affronts and finally relaunch its season. Because Bayern arrives in less than a month, already.

Match sheet

Referee: B. Bastien.

But : Traoré (65th).

Rennes : Mandanda – Traoré (cap.), Rodon, Wooh, Theate, Truffert (Meling, 76th), Ugochukwu, Major (Tait, 89th), Doué (Doku, 68th), Kalimuendo (Assignon, 76th), Gouiri (Sulemana, 88th). . . . . Entr. : Genesis.

PSG : Donnarumma – Marquinhos (cap.), S. Ramos, Pereira (Sanches, 83e) – Mukiele (Hakimi, 56e), Zaïre-Emery (Soler, 72e), Bernat, Vitinha (Fabian, 72e) – Messi, Ekitike (Mbappé, 55e), Neymar. Entry : Galtier.


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