Doubt arises: a Paris Saint-Germain without an idea suffered its second defeat of the season in the league at Rennes (1-0), but especially the second in the last three games of Ligue 1, Sunday at the end of the 19th.
To the point of death. PSG, unable to contain a team without their two best strikers, the long-term injured Martin Terrier and the suspended Benjamin Bourigeaud, add to the worries of the away side after the championship resumes after a Cup-related break. the world.
“I’m not worried, we don’t like to lose, but we will work,” promises Portuguese midfielder Vitinha.
PSG’s winner on January 1 (3-1), three behind the leaders Lens (2nd) and Marseille (3rd) are five.
A month before they meet Bayern Munich in the round of 16 of the Champions League (leave February 14, return March 8), the Paris collective paled in comparison to a well-oiled team from Rennes.
Captain – at the end of the contract – Hamari Traoré opened the scoring (65th) after excellent work from Adrien Truffert, blasting Roazhon Park, making the whole match unbearable.
The Bretons (5th) registered their ninth straight home win and have beaten PSG three times in their last four visits to the stadium on the Vilaine coast.
MNM without spark
But PSG should be concerned with their level of play rather than statistics. They cannot always rely on a burst of genius to overturn a bad start.
MNM The post-World Cup combination of Kylian Mbappé / Neymar / Lionel Messi – rebuilt after the entry of the French national team (55) – did not shine.
“Pulga” did not give weight, having scored against Angers (2-0) on Wednesday for their second match in L1 as world champions.
Neymar presented his bad side, his grumpy and difficult attitude, the loss of the ball that led to a dangerous free-kick from Lovro Majer.
Kylian Mbappe, who replaced the transparent Hugo Ekitike on the bench to make his return from his surprise post-World Cup layoff to Roazhon Park’s rousing ovation, did not produce any surprises, unlike against Strasbourg, which he thrashed. last second win (2-1).
In his 200th match in L1, the 2022 vice world champion even ate a golden opportunity in front of Steve Mandanda (69).
But behind the three stars, no one was convinced except for Warren Zaire-Emery and Gianluigi Donnarumma.
From the age of 16, the midfielder won duels and recovered the ball full of temperament.
The Italian goalkeeper stopped all but the solitary goal against the Mali Rennes captain.
The three-pronged defense has been updated
“Gigio” missed Arnaud Kalimuendo’s beautiful volley with a tight pass from Truffert (22nd), two free kicks from Majer (33rd, 56th) and a strong strike from Amine Gouiri (39th).
Updated by Christophe Galtier, the three-man defense was reviewed against Angers (2-0) on Wednesday, facing Rennes. Ashraf Hakimi, who had just come on in place of Nordi Mukiele in goal, was easily destroyed by the trickery of Truffert.
Marquinhos, who prefers to play in a two-man game, also struggled. The captain, like some of his partners, again faced an unusual technical loss.
Galtier highlighted these inaccuracies in transmissions by sourcing at a different training level after a 45-day break.
But the situation has not improved in this respect.
In the first half, Paris was dangerous only in the shot countered by Joe Rodon (41) and Lionel Messi’s raid.
The first real Paris opportunity came from the centre-backs, Danilo Pereira’s header from Sergio Ramos was blocked by Steve Mandanda (48th).
Hugo Ekitike, who scored 3 times in the previous 4 matches, could not come forward to serve. He repeatedly made poor call choices and touched too few balls.
It symbolizes the collapse of the French champion, who had to pull himself together.