When there is nothing left to play, when the pressure is released, there is no harm in having fun. And get some along the way. This is what the Parisian players tried to achieve at the Parc des Princes, Sunday May 8 against Troyes. But it seems to be too much to ask of this PSG team which has taken an unlimited subscription to draws at the end of the season – it is the third in a row – and is in the process of phagocytizing what it has left to player.
The composition of Mauricio Pochettino – still whistled during the announcement of the teams – however suggested an offensive profile with a Di Maria associated with the indestructible “MNM”. But the scenario of the meeting suffered from too many lengths, and of the front four, not all so fantastic this season, it was the “Fideo” who was the most inspired. As if Di Maria, who certainly fires his last lights in the jersey of PSG, wanted to leave an unforgettable memory to his supporters.
Messi still unlucky
In a Park still so sadly silent, the Parisian number 11 made his left paw speak several times, and that was enough to give a little technical relief to a meeting that was not very exciting, even often boring.
The technique precisely let’s talk about it. Nuno Mendes and Presnel Kimpembe lacked as much as lucidity to put Troyes back on the right track and hope for a little more maintenance. The first when he sent a decisive pass to Troyen Ugbo who did not escape to reduce the score, the second when he clung to Ripart’s overcoat causing an indisputable penalty.
It would also be dishonest not to mention Tardieu’s insolent Panenka when putting the teams back on an equal footing. In the end, not much will remain from this match except the idea that Messi has a special relationship with the posts in his new jersey. He touched Jessy Moulin’s uprights twice and it’s the ninth and tenth time this season, which, let’s face it, invites us to question the part of bad luck and the degree of inaccuracy of the sevenfold Ballon d’ gold. The latter, not exactly in verve against Troyes, is closing a season which will remain as the most disappointing of his long career.
Always this lack of cohesion
It invites resilience and revenge next year as for this Parisian team which has confirmed that it is unable to evolve with four players with an attacking profile. In any case, not with this quartet. Their inability to ensure the defensive withdrawal – or at the very least to frame the opposing offensives – underlines the hollow recurring lack of cohesion of this PSG.
Finally, nothing will have really worked during this bleak this Sunday evening, the day before the start of the school year. Until the VAR which refused to work when the referee went to check if Neymar’s 100th goal in the Parisian jersey was valid. In front of the desperately black screen, he finally trusted his colleague in the video who had noted a fault by Mbappé beforehand. Sometimes it’s a good idea to go to bed early.
The game sheet
Half time: 2-1.
Referee: Mr. Brisard.
Buts. PSG : Marquinhos (6e), Neymar (25e s.p.) ; Troyes : Ugbo (30e), Tardieu (49e s.p.).
Warnings. PSG: Neymar (65th); Troyes: Ripart (65th), Kouame (82nd).
PSG. Navas – Hakimi, Marquinhos (cap.), Kimpembe, Mendes – Pereira (Gueye, 78e) Verratti (Wijnaldum, 78e) – Di Maria (Gharbi, 89e), Messi, Neymar – Mbappé. in : Pochettino.
Troyes. Moulin – Kaboré, Biancone, Palmer-Brown, Conté, Larouci (Salmier, 77th) – Ripart, Tardieu (cap.), Kouamé, Chavalerin (Dingomé, 89th) – Ugbo (Baldé, 77th). Entr. : Irles.