Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé may have played only their first match, some do not hide their skepticism about their association.
The backlash was violent. Long awaited, the grand premiere of the MNM on Wednesday was indeed disappointing. Traveling to Bruges on the occasion of the first day of the Champions League, the PSG had to settle for a poor draw (1-1) and Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé did not shine. Worse, their association seemed to totally unbalance the team, especially struggling in the middle. The proof for some that MNM cannot work.
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One of the first to strike was Michael Owen. » All three together make the team weaker for me and I don’t really understand why Paris is cited as one of the favorites to win the Champions League “, He thus launched on the plate of BT Sports as soon as the end of the match. But the former England international was not the only one to express reservations about the Parisian trident. “There was no intensity, no defensive retreats, no races… We didn’t see anything offensively, it will be complicated. If it plays like that, it will not be possible to qualify ”, thus estimated Nicolas Anelka at the microphone of RMC Sport.
But it won’t work like that.
An opinion shared by Jérome Rothen, who did not hide his concern about the MNM. “I’m alerting people. I expected much better, not everything can be perfect. But they had to show another face. I was disappointed with their positioning and their investment, he confided, Thursday. I hardly saw anything in their complicity. Messi and Neymar forced a little to give each other the ball, forgetting at times Mbappé. This is not trivial what happened, we have to be careful. «
And if the former midfielder does not want to be definitive, the attitude of the three men raises questions. “Some will say they are not ready. But it won’t work like that. If they don’t change anything, they may be in danger. The main thing is the investment, he assailed. How do these players blend into the collective? If they don’t want to put in the effort, you can’t play with those three, with three players who don’t really care how to get the ball back. If you put eight players focused on defending well to leave two players in front, it can be okay. It’s playable but the two players in front have to make big differences. But to put only seven defensive players is to put yourself in difficulty. «
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