brutal return to reality for Paris-Saint-Germain

Neymar leaves the field after a gesture of humor.

“Now we are going to suffer a lot” : the state of grace of Paris-Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel and his players came to an abrupt end on Sunday, September 13, with the 1-0 defeat against Olympique de Marseille, after a disappointing spectacle in the game and distressing in terms of behavior. This false start puts pressure on the club, which can still expect several difficult matches as the restart promises to be slow.

If it is not yet the crisis, the positive aura around PSG since the Champions League final has evaporated. Far from the stadiums first, with the festive break that several Parisian players have granted themselves, gathered in Ibiza. All after the postponement of the match against Lens negotiated by the leaders.

Relive the live PSG-OM: Marseille wins for the first time in nine years (1-0)

Relayed on social networks, the scenes of jubilation made people cringe, but above all facilitated the spread of Covid-19 among Parisian incumbents. Paris must therefore juggle with the unavailability of seven of these stars. The handicap has accumulated with the resumption of the French championship much earlier than that of other European countries.

“It is important that we do not expect too much of us”, was already trying to defuse Parisian coach Thomas Tuchel before the game against Les Sang et Or. A meeting that his makeshift team sadly lost 1-0.

Loss of cold blood

The general fight at the end of the match illustrated the Parisian frustration

Not a good preparation before the clash against Marseille. “It’s coming too early” this time railed the German technician. If the Parisians were able to find a few players, including the superstar Neymar and the precious Argentinian Di Maria, their lack of rhythm was obvious in the face of Marseille’s desire to break the tempo of the match.

Without a victory against Paris for nine years and twenty games, the Marseillais adopted a completely different tactic than last year, when their pressing had collapsed against the Parisian technique and ended in a 4-0 defeat. This time, André Villas-Boas’ men have withdrawn to better foil the Parisians. They assumed to play the confrontation with faults and to transform the game into a festival of cards, 17 in total, a record in the XXIe century in Ligue 1. Their plan was rewarded by the opening of the score of Florian Thauvin on a free kick of… Dimitri Payet.

The Reunionese concentrated on himself the bitterness of Paris, after his mocking tweet during the defeat against Bayern. The supporters present in the stadium reminded him of this, even if he was far from suffering the bronca of a white-heated Parc des Princes because of the capacity limited to 5,000 people. Near the stadium, the Ultra Paris Collective had previously deployed offensive banners against it and homophobic against Marseille, which are not likely to appease their relations with Parisian leaders or national authorities. And in the end, it is the Marseillais who laughed the last.

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