Parisian saviors come from Argentina. Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi allowed PSG to win in Brest on Saturday afternoon (2-1) while the team of Thomas Tuchel stammered his football, well hindered by strong bretons.
The week of Mauro Icardi. What a scorer! PSG have just taken six points thanks to his Argentine striker between the victory against Bruges (1-0) and yesterday. The former Inter Milan striker hit the Belgian peg on the bench yesterday, watching Edinson Cavani trail his lack of pace on Francis-Le-Ble's pitch. Ten minutes into the game, Icardi hit four balls in total for one goal (at the end of the second ball). Simple, basic and terribly effective. We now wonder what choice Tuchel will make in attack when all his stars will be available …
VIDEO. Brest-PSG (1-2): "Icardi wins the duel against Cavani"
The insurance of Sergio Rico. Not easy to play his first game in a new club without being really prepared. The 26-year-old Spaniard learned at the warm-up that he would start in Brittany in order to compensate for Keylor Navas's pass, slightly affected by the adductors. In the air and on his line, the player loaned by Sevilla was sure of him. Less to the foot but it's exactly the default we know him. The future will tell if he really has the potential to stay at PSG, even as number 2. We should see him again in the national cups.
The game of Brest. Until the end, the players of the club promoted Ligue 2 this season have tried to develop a ground game, made of short passes and technical certainties, symbolized by the performance of Ibrahima Diallo, brother of Parisian Abdou. "We insisted on this sector," said Olivier Dall'Oglio, Brest coach at a post-match press conference. We score a nice goal from the goalkeeper. It values work. Faced Parisians less sharp in the laundry, the option was good and could have allowed the SB29 to get a draw without the entry of Mauro Icardi.
We did not like
Ball losses galore. The technical difficulties of the PSG can be explained, according to Thomas Tuchel: "We made a lot of changes, by starting players who lacked pace, confidence. (…) I did not expect our best match, a lot of automatisms. I told the players. But, anyway, Paris should have done better. "We made easy mistakes," admits the German. Verratti, Gueye, Draxler or even Di Maria, who also scored a magnificent goal, missed countless raises, especially in the first half. On the Brest equalizer, even Thiago Silva broke through. The fatigue of November is here.