Dijon, Bruges, Brest … A decline of regime that challenges


The machine is seized, without being completely stopped. Paris Saint-Germain beat Brest on Saturday to mark the 13th day of Ligue 1. A victory torn by a goal from the opportunist Mauro Icardi, five minutes from the end of time regulatory. If the three points are there, the club of the capital does not show more control since the beginning of November. Before this narrow victory, there was indeed the defeat in Dijon (1-2) and the happy success against Bruges (1-0).

The evils broke out at Stade Gaston-Gerard. Deprived of several players, including Marco Verratti and Thiago Silva, PSG had presented with an experimental training behind his attack trio Mbappe-Icardi-Di Maria. The French world champion had opened the scoring (19th), but this goal had masked the difficulties of Parisians to circulate the ball intelligently and endanger the block. The two goals of Dijon then appeared as a reward for the men of Stephane Jobard, enterprising on the first hour.

Paris no longer kills matches

Five days later, against Club Brugge in the Champions League, Paris has not really reassured in terms of quality of play. Shoved by the Belgian team very combative, the champion of France had almost conceded the draw. He was saved by his goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who released the penalty awarded to Mbaye Diagne. During this match, if the defensive sector had shown overall level, offensive animation Paris had been very mediocre. Extremely rough in all his actions, Kylian Mbappe had probably made his worst copy since his arrival.

Although he still ends his matches with better possession of the ball, thanks to the intrinsic technical superiority of his footballers, Paris Saint-Germain can no longer control, lock and kill his matches. Yet October was overall impressive. After the complicated victory in the hot den Galatasaray, the Red and Blue, were ruthless: 4-0 against Angers, 4-1 in Nice, 5-0 in Bruges, 4-0 against OM.

A workforce just physically?

Julian Draxler blew, in Brest at the microphone of beIN Sports, a beginning of explanation on this decline of regime: "One played a lot of matches, it is not easy before the truce". To the busy schedule is added the infirmary which remains busy since the beginning of the season.

Keylor Navas has just added to the long list of absentees for this last meeting, to which Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Meunier, Thilo Kehrer, Ander Herrera and Neymar Jr could not take part because of their injuries respectively. Numerous physical glitches that made Angel Di Maria play 90 minutes for the fifth time in a row in just 18 days.

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