The PSG He is leading and comfortable in Ligue 1. Even so, he lived another game in which the feeling he left was one of many doubts. Visiting one of the rivals that is usually one of the most difficult like Lyon, he found himself with a 1-1 near the end. And he could win it but the free kick that Mbappé kicked burst the stick and ended up being a draw. All while LIonel Messi saw it from the outside, with the Covid already overcome but getting ready from the physical.
Among so many casualties by the coronavirus (among them Ángel Di María) most affected to the Africa Cup and injured, Mauricio Pochettino put the best he had on the court, especially from the middle of the court forward. For this reason, Leandro Paredes and Mauro Icardi were starters to add their first minutes in 2022 without standing out.
Thilo Kehrer entered and ended up scoring the 1-1 that avoided the fall in Lyon (AFP)
From the outset, Lyon hit with his strategy of waiting behind and coming out against. Brazilian combination between Bruno Guimaraes and goal from Lucas Paquetá, the Brazilian who was runner-up in the Copa América and who nailed a right cross for the 1-0 match against Keylor Navas. From there, the Parisians went in search of equality, first with little clarity and then until they achieved it.
PSG lacked dynamics. He did not have the ingenuity, the location and the clarity of Messi, the dribbles of Neymar or the speed of Di María, all key to breaking lines and avoiding being a predictable team, as happened against Lyon. Only Mbappé with his starts and quality made the difference (one stick at a time) although he was also selfish when he had the center for Icardi.
The Brazilian Paquetá made it 1-0 for Lyon (EFE).
Later, except overflows from Nuno Mendes, there were no variants. Paredes, Verrati, Herrera and Wijnaldum, all on the right foot, played the same game and without breaking lines. That’s why Pochettino made three changes and they worked for him: Xavi SimonsAn 18-year-old midfielder who came from a good level, gave him another dynamic. While the lateral Thilo Kehrer was who He ended up scoring 1-1 with a bitten right hand.
Icardi did not stand out and could not convert (AP).
Icardi? Always in the area that is his habitat, he participated little. He pivoted well in the first half for Ander Herrera and in the second he had a clear chance. In a center almost in the small area, he touched it but the defender Castello Lukeba deflected it just and drowned out his scream. Likewise, it was very little for Mauro, who is in the sights of Juventus and who in Paris do not rule out negotiating it.
THE DATA THAT IS REPEATED
It is the seventh time that PSG started losing in this Ligue 1 and ended up avoiding defeat. It had already happened in the victories at Troyes, Lyon, Angers, Lille and Saint-Etienne plus the draws against Lens and Lorient. Something that speaks of the reaction that Poche’s men have as well as that they suffer behind when their rivals cheer on them. This Sunday, Marquinhos and Keylor Navas avoided a worse scenario.
WAITING FOR 30
Leo trained differently in recent days and will join the group (REUTERS).
After training differently these days, now they do expect that Lionel messi join the group after definitively surpassing the Covid. For this PSG that is 11 points ahead of its escorts Nice and Marseille, now He has two home games ahead: 1/15 vs. Brest and on 23/1 against Reims. And then? The FIFA date is right and with the winner of the Ballon d’Or surely returning to Argentina to play in the Qualifiers against Chile (27/1 in Calama) and Colombia (1/2 in Córdoba) … That will be another story, the important thing is that now await him with open arms.