It is not yet the Pochettino revolution. After a short week of training and two Ligue 1 matches, it is still too early to measure the influence of the precepts of the new Argentine coach of PSG. But there has been an evolution between the Paris of Saint-Etienne (1-1) and the one who won against Brest at the Parc des Princes (3-0).
With an almost similar team – only Diallo replaced Kehrer affected by Covid-19 – the Marquinhos partners deployed another energy, another intensity and more prosaically a much more satisfactory level of play. At least throughout the first half. Mauricio Pochettino, who had left the Park in a draw against Rennes (0-0) one evening in May 2003, therefore celebrated his reunion with the Parisian stadium with success. This will have the gift of lightening a little the atmosphere not really heavy, but which could have become in the event of a new underperformance.
“18 years later… back home.” Welcome captain ”, the Parisian supporters had wished him on a banner deployed in the Auteuil turn. The coach only threw a quick glance at it, too busy replacing or giving instructions to Marquinhos, already his main relay on the field. Because Paris is still struggling to keep up. And after a controlled first period where he simply lacked a bit of offensive efficiency, the players of the capital have singularly lowered their footing after the break as they had done in Saint-Etienne.
Not yet a great Mbappé
We will have to see if, after ten days of vacation, there is still a physical deficit in this team, but it looks like it. This leads to a formation often cut in half and which offers multiple possibilities to his opponent in the offensive transitions. Brest did not know how to take advantage of it. But Wednesday against Marseille, for the Champions Trophy, the men of Pochettino author of a winning coaching will have an interest in closing the spaces more quickly. Especially since, in front, they lean on a Verratti who is still looking for his best place. And, above all, they can not yet count on a great Kylian Mbappé.
The 2018 world champion is still struggling to find his best level. He has often been seen to force his game and lose his science of dribbling and his surgical efficiency. But the international tricolor has persevered, and if he still has not scored in 2021, he offered a marvelous assist to Icardi. At least the talent is still there.
Still, this Paris, more than the one defeated (0-1) last September, will have arguments to make on Wednesday against OM. “Mess them up!” », Asked the Parisian supporters on another banner deployed in front of the stadium. It is not strictly speaking of great elegance but it has the merit of designating the opponent. And the fate that fans hope to reserve for him.
PSG-BREST: 2-0 Half time: 1-0. Spectators: in camera. Referee: Mr. Ben El Hadj.
Buts. PSG: Kean (16e), Icardi (81e), Sarabia (83e).
Warnings. PSG: Verratti (62nd); Brest: Lasne (75th).
PSG: Navas – Dagba (Florenzi, 86e), Marquinhos (cap.), Diallo, Bakker (Kurzawa, 64e) – Herrera, Verratti, Gueye (Sarabia, 56e) – Di Maria (Draxler, 86e), Kean (Icardi, 64e), Mbappé. Entr. : Pochettino.
Brest : Larsonneur – Pierre-Gabriel, Duverne, Chardonnet, Perraud – Honorat (Le Douaron, 77th), Belkebla (Mounié, 80th), Lasne (Battochio, 77th), Philippoteaux (Charbonnier, 69th) – Faivre, Cardona. Entr. : O. Dall’Oglio.