The meeting between the first and third in Ligue 1 was a junk summit, quite hopeless in the idea of promoting the Championship of France. Paris and Nice were fairly bored despite a few bursts like an action Messi-Mbappé-Di Maria on the return from the locker room or a header from Kasper Dolberg on the post in the wake (59th). But the slump – technical waste, poor offensive initiatives, absent change of pace – was the most shared “quality” on the pitch, with sometimes Parisian attackers who no longer pretended not to want to.
They may be fed up with Mauricio Pochettino’s obscure tactics who stuck three artistic backgrounds behind them with Danilo Pereira, Gana Gueye and Dina Ebimbe, known the world over for their creativity. These lovely boys are not involved and, besides, they have never been unworthy in this game. But what can a coach expect by setting up a 4-3-3 with three players with similar characteristics who are better at recovering than using the ball?
If the answer is nothing, then it is a triumph for the Argentinian coach of PSG who continues to laugh at the world. Rafinha and Marco Verratti were on the bench so they could play. Whether one is plagued and the other comes back from injury is not our problem as they are on the scoresheet. We will have to wait until the last hour of play to see Little Owl launch into the game.
PSG-Nice also provided information on the club’s language, from president to coach. Parisian pundits have been explaining for months that Kylian Mbappé is at the heart of the project. The day Neymar disappeared because of an ankle in compote, the offensive line was thus recomposed: Di Maria on the right, Leo Messi in the center and Kylian Mbappé left lane. Only one of the three played in his place, Di Maria, forcing the other two to shift to their left compared to all the previous games played so far.
It is therefore El Fideo which is at the center of the project since it forces the others to move and even Mbappé to play far from the goal while the world champion has scored in four of his last five outings, in all competitions. .
On Matchday 16, PSG did not win against any of their three pursuers before meeting the next, Lens, on Saturday at Bollaert. Anyway, we know, Paris only wins with a boost of fate (expulsion during Saint-Etienne-PSG) or when you have to revolt as after Keylor Navas’ red card against Nantes.
This PSG-Nice is part of the continuity of a game in full decline, mediocre in essential areas: the hinge, the full-backs, offensive creativity. Even Leo Messi arouses immense sorrow when you watch him. Only the keeper is good, whether it’s Navas at Manchester City or Gianluigi Donnarumma against Nice. For the rest, PSG is fake, counterfeit.
PSG: Donnarumma – Hakimi, Marquinhos (cap.), Kimpembe (Paredes, 77th), Mendes – Gueye, Pereira, Dina Ebimbe (Verratti, 62nd) – Messi, Mbappé, Di Maria (Icardi, 77th). Entr. : M. Pochettino
Nice: W. Benitez – Lotomba, Todibo, Dante (cap.), Bard – Boudaoui (Gouiri, 80th), Schneiderlin, Lemina (Thuram, 74th), Kluivert (Stengs, 74th) – Delort, Dolberg.Entr. : C. Galtier.