Champions League: the PSG in demonstration in the court of the great ones
The trio of PSG Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappé, after a goal against Bayern Munich, September 27, 2017 at the Parc des Princes
In Paris, newcomers Neymar and Kylian Mbappé now give as much turns as the figures of the summer mercato: Bayern Munich learned it to its cost by being beaten by this new Paris SG (3-0), Wednesday of the second day of the group stage of the Champions League.
The PSG, which was passing its first big test in the court of the great ones of Europe since its transfer to more than 400 million euros (to attract Neymar and Mbappé), lived a perfect evening in front of a pale Bayern Munich. He takes the lead of his group B Champions League.
Dani Alves, who also arrived this summer, quickly opened the scoring on a golden service of ‘Ney’ (2nd), Edinson Cavani scored the second goal on a caviar by Kylian Mbappé (31st) and Neymar went there goal after a new number of the French nugget (63rd).
– The Standing Park for Mbappé –
Better still: if the recruits were at the expected level considering the sums disbursed by Paris – the Park hailed the performance of Kylian Mbappé by a standing ovation at its exit (79th) -, the whole team rose at the height of the stake. Captain Thiago Silva was ruthless in central defense, Thiago Motta royal in the game’s distribution, Edinson Cavani still decisive. And, in goal, Alphonse Aréola was irreproachable from beginning to end, although a little hesitant on the air releases.
The PSG of Unai Emery had already shined this season by winning its first eight games of the season, including a first Champions League game overflying 5-0 at Glasgow Celtic Park.
But he remained on a disappointing draw in Montpellier (0-0) and especially on a controversy as to the penalty shooter, opposing Neymar to Cavani. On Wednesday, the two men gave themselves two accolades and the demonstration of the team should calm the controversy.
For he has, at times, floated Valentine’s tunes in this Park of Princes: the last match of Champions League which had taken place on February 14, had been the same collective demonstration in front of another cador, Barcelona (4-0), in the first knockout round of the previous edition of Champions League.
The memory of the return match, the bullying 6-1 in Barcelona, relativise perhaps a little performance Paris. Especially if this one is undeniably excellent, the PSG did not beat the best Bayern Munich in recent history.
– Ancelotti big loser –
The choice of Carlo Ancelotti was not a winner: on the wings, he preferred the duo Franck Ribéry – Arjen Robben, Thomas Müller and James Rodriguez, who had little influence on the game. The Italian also had to make two changes at the break, bringing the former Parisian Kingsley Coman and the German Sebastian Rudy (in place of James and Corentin Tolisso).
Already contested in Germany, the Italian played big on this match and the performance of his team may not calm the ardor of his detractors. The defeat could also embarrass its leaders, so critical of the development model boosted by the PSG’s millions of euros.
Thanks to this success, Paris has in any case demonstrated that if “money does not score goals”, as Robben assassinated before the meeting, to disburse 400 million euros for two players of high class helps nevertheless to shine in the major European games.
This transfer is not without risks since the club is now targeted by a UEFA investigation regarding its “compliance with the requirement of financial balance”. But sportively in any case, the arrivals of Alves, ‘Ney’ and Mbappé seem to make the PSG a candidate more than ever credible to a nice European course. In the court of the great.