Lionel Messi (5/10)
A particularly mixed first tenure, the first fault of a Pochettino who placed him on the right of a 4-3-3. Too eccentric at the start of the match, the six-fold Ballon d’Or did not weigh much on the game, even if it hit the bar with a long shot (22nd). Replaced in the axis for the second period, he did not run in the pressing either, but in particular launched Neymar (68th), before missing the winning goal on a cross from Nuno Mendes (79th).
Keylor Navas (6.5)
The Costa Rican goalkeeper, established at the expense of Donnarumma, responded during the Bruges highlight by making several saves (33rd, 39th), after having been unable to do anything on the opposing equalizer (27th). His defense was then in great pain.
Achraf Hakimi (3,5)
A rather shocking performance on the defensive level. He did what he could against the Belgian attacks but took the water in the area of the excellent Noa Lang. In the game, he was limited by the (strange) presence of Messi in front of him before breaking free afterwards. He wasted an opportunity in the area (30th).
Well moved early in the game, he held on and even held the house in the second half. On the restart, he tried to set a good example by setting the pace and playing forward.
Presnel Kimpembe (5.5)
He too took the broth in the first period, but he still responded to the danger on numerous occasions. He is unhappy, once again, on the opposing goal.
Abdou Diallo (4.5)
Always so uncomfortable in this role of left defender. He was present in the duels but was a little more in difficulty in the races. Offensively, he contributed little.
Ander Herrera (7)
Author of the opening of the scoring, of a beautiful recovery (15th), he was above all the only player in the midfield to weigh defensively, thanks to his aggressiveness and his reading of the game. He ended up pressing alone in second period … Ball on foot, he tried to find his offensive teammates but without much success.
Number 6, he played with too little application and suffered against the Belgian waves before coming out at halftime. His failed check could have been expensive (13th).
Georginio Wijnaldum (3.5)
He could make differences by playing higher, but that is not the case in this PSG of Lionel Messi. Ball on the foot, he was in great difficulty under pressure. Amazing from such an experienced player.
Julian Draxler (3)
Pochettino’s other casting mistake. Launched at half-time, Draxler did not bring anything. Too soft, even against a Belgian formation which lost strength over the second half.
Kylian Mbappé (6)
At the tip, he passed to the left in the quarter of an hour of play and precisely offered the opening of the scoring to Herrera (15th). Within the attacking trio, he was the only one to create danger on a regular basis in the first period. Before injuring an ankle before the break and going out in the 51st …
A rather distressing performance of the « Ney ». He lost his first balls before showing himself more technically dressed, but without making a difference. He lacked dynamism and even genius. After half-time, he gave up physically, spoiling an opening for Messi (68th) or hitting the opposing goalkeeper (70th).
The Brugge FC goalkeeper was obviously expecting a whole other night against the star attackers of PSG.
Saved by his crossbar on a coiled strike wonder of Lionel Messi, Simon Mignolet also prevented the Argentine from delivering his first assist with the PSG by intervening in front of Kylian Mbappé, perfectly served by the former Barcelonan. Add a save on a strike from the Argentine in the second half, and that’s it for the evening of the Belgian goalkeeper.
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The former goalkeeper of the Reds had undoubtedly imagined a completely different scenario vis-a-vis the MNM. But the Messi-Neymar-Mbappé trio went through it, showing little incisiveness, which Simon Mignolet did not fail to stress at the end of the meeting. “I didn’t have much work to do, he confided to the microphone of RMC Sport while Ander Herrera made him the man of the match. We played very well collectively. We did not concede any chances in the face of an incredible attack. You can’t score them one-on-one, they have so many good qualities to eliminate. We tried to defend collectively so as not to leave them any space. I made two or three saves, not very difficult. ”
A finding that is necessarily hard to hear for the Parisian attackers. But the figures confirm it: PSG have only made four shots on target to their credit against six on the side.
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