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How PSG beat Manchester

Paris-SG is not an ordinary club. He had already challenged the statistics two years ago, smashing a 4-0 advantage in the first leg and a 100% chance of qualifying according to precedents on the European stage, undergoing the famous Barcelona remount (6-1) and elimination. from the 8es final of the Champions League. Barcelona then had Neymar, Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suárez, some of the greatest players of their time: at the limit, this could explain that, especially since the referee had played a significant role in the 'elimination.

Wednesday, it is a Manchester United amputated a half-dozen holders who returned the Paris-SG like a pancake and the referee, Damir Skomina, was nickel: winner 0-2 in England three weeks ago, this which gave them a 97% chance of qualifying, Thiago Silva and his companions exploded 1-3 in the Parc des Princes in front of Scott McTominay, Luke Shaw, the Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku or a funny type returned, Tahith Chong, 19 years an imposing rasta hairstyle and only a few minutes in the English league for any baggage before this match. In other words, not many people. After, football is what we do with what we have.

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In itself, the game was dantesque. A goal conceded after two minutes of play on an offering of Paris defender Thilo Kehrer, launching perfectly … Lukaku to the goal of Paris. Then, once the Parisians returned to height, an improbable mistake of goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, pushing back to Lukaku a strike as he has negotiated tens of thousands during his long career (1-2, 30e).

The worst was yet to come. It lasted a whole half-time, the second when, faced with technically unworkable Mancunians unable to build an action with more than three vertical passes, the players coached by Thomas Tuchel completely thwarted, falling into individualistic behavior and slowing down the pace. play as pleasure while the English seemed to put the arrow with each (small) acceleration. At 84e, alone in front of the goalkeeper, Kylian Mbappé stretched out all his life after slipping for no reason, except perhaps a choice of crampons – it's not the only time it was spread on Wednesday.

Seven minutes later, Presnel Kimpembe was turning (that is, showing his back rather than staying in front of the game!) On a shot by the 19-year-old Diogo Dalot: call for video assistance from the referee central, hand (involuntarily), peno that Marcus Rashford transforms and who sends his team to the quarter-finals. A stadium that the Paris-SG has not reached since the 2015-2016 season, when Laurent Blanc still coached the club of the capital: it is saying that the objective performance of the club do not reflect the great tunes adopted here and here, starting with a policy on the transfer market that still took four of the top ten world strikers (Mbappé, Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria) in the Parisian jersey. It must be a matter of karma. It remains to be seen how this manifests itself, which amounts to explaining Wednesday's cataclysm. We stick to it.

Grégory Schneider

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