Monday, May 10

Decimated, it’s won for PSG, and especially with a great Mbappé

Mbappé untenable on Saturday night against Nantes. – David Vincent / AP / SIPA

  • A very diminished PSG nevertheless came to win (0-3) in Nantes on Saturday night.
  • Thomas Tuchel even paid himself the luxury of letting Kimpembe and Marquinhos breathe on the bench at kick-off.
  • Kylian Mbappé, draft in the first period, made the difference all alone in the second act.

At the Beaujoire stadium

A PSG, power 7. Casually, we often only remember the defeats (especially that against Manchester United in the Champions League) with PSG, but Tuchel’s men have chained a seventh straight victory (0-3) in L1 in Nantes on Saturday evening. “A great victory, I’m very happy,” even launched Thomas Tuchel, the only one to come to a press conference on the Paris side. It must be said that his training was weighed down by absences (Neymar, Paredes, Icardi, Di Maria etc.) for this trip considered “often difficult”, by the German afterwards. However, this did not prevent him from leaving two holders on the bench at kickoff (Marquinhos and Kimpembe). “We are making a lot of changes because we have the impression that it is necessary”, he explained.

Paris wavered, was knocked down in the first half. Without Nantes’ awkwardness (Simon in the 16th especially), PSG should have been led. “We were a little lucky,” Tuchel admitted. Kolo Muani also suffered the unprecedented hinge Diallo-Danilo, still converted central defender. Without serious consequences. Faced with Lepzig (Wednesday), Paris will have to show more rigor, under penalty of experiencing a new disillusion in the Champions League.

Mbappé reframed by the referee then decisive

In the meantime, in Ligue 1, a PSG even at 50% and with presumed replacements, it goes. At the break, Thomas Tuchel went from a 4-3-3 to 4-4-2, leaving Kean (tired rather than really injured according to the coach) and bringing in a dynamic Kays Ruiz. Mbappé, ahead with Sarabia (author of the third goal), then started a festival, started with a lot of awkwardness in the first period (two missed recoveries in the 26th and 42nd). He drove Appiah and the entire Nantes rearguard mad with his speed. He offered the opener to Herrera on a center back in the 47th then provoked and transformed a penalty (generous) in the 65th.

Criticized because he has not scored in the Champions League for seven games, Mbappé, who was summoned by the referee at half-time for having complained too much after an unblocked penalty in added time of the first period, does not not weaken in Ligue 1, with seven goals and five assists in six games.

“We know he is the key player, the decisive player,” Tuchel said. He must now become so on the European stage, especially in the absence of Neymar and possibly Kean on Wednesday.

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