liberated, Hakimi lets go and rides the wave of the World Cup

Hakimi has 8 goals and 11 assists since his arrival in Paris. FRANCK FIFE / AFP

DECRYPTION – Often frustrated and frustrating since his arrival in Paris, the Moroccan side seems to have changed gear since the World Cup.

New start. Snatched from Inter Milan for nearly €70m in 2021, Achraf Hakimi landed in Paris crowned with the status of a world leader in his position. And his debut in Red and Blue also tended to confirm this status, especially in the statistics. The Madrid native, however, quickly seemed cramped, under glass, limited, whether in a four or five-man defense, under Mauricio Pochettino or Christophe Galtier. “Last year he started well, in a post-transfer momentum. Afterwards, he had more difficult times. It was a season of adaptation“, said his great friend Kylian Mbappé last September, swearing that the Moroccan had returned “with other intentions, another daily requirementfor its second season. Imagining Hakimi as “one of the first beneficiaries of the move to three-way defense“, Bondy’s crack summed up his thoughts as follows: “He can do better».

Except that it was in a four-man defense that he shone from…

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