Wednesday September 16, 2020 ((rezonodwes.com)) – Thank you Draxler! Paris SG, still weighed down by absences, was delivered in stoppage time by Julian Draxler to garner his first victory of the season (1-0) Wednesday in Ligue 1 against Metz.
Thomas Tuchel can breathe. During this late match counting for the first day of Ligue 1, PSG, which started its season with two defeats, finally released its counter, goals and points.
The savior, established for the first time , is called Julian Draxler, who sent an angry header in the cage of Alexandre Oukidja in added time, nine against eleven.
The fault of the exclusion of Abdou Diallo and the injury of Juan Bernat . The Spaniard, who entered the match, has a knee injury, revealed Thmoas Tuchel, expecting a serious injury.
With a further reduced squad, with the suspensions of Neymar, Leandro Paredes and Layvin Kurzawa, and the absences of Thilo Kehrer, Marco Verratti and Alessandro Florenzi, PSG did the minimum. But what a liberation!
Draxler had so far been little in sight on the field, with the exception of a nice center for Mauro Icardi who missed his shot at close range (77th).
And as against Lens and Marseille, the Red and Blue were not very effective offensively despite a much greater possession of the ball (64%) and a seat from the opposing surface.
Facing them, the Garnets used the same strategy as Lens and Marseille: playing against.
If the counter-attacks did not hit the mark this time, it is for a lot thanks to Navas, the Parisian goalkeeper back from quarantine, who won two face-to-face with Ibrahima Niane (6th) and especially Farid Boulaya (25th), the best Messin.
And also thanks to some inaccuracies from Lorraine, in particular a dive a bit too short from the Lorraine striker Habib Diallo (65th).
Missed opportunities that cost them dearly, they who remain on three defeats, the last two in stoppage time .
“The players feel like they haven't gone far. And not going far is not enough. We spoil everything, “fiercely fulminated the Metz coach Vincent Hognon.
– Di Maria hyperactive –
Because faced with the effective defense with five aligned by Vincent Hognon, the Parisians have long believed to prolong their slump.
Colin Dagba, holder for the first time this season, is often mounted on the right wing, without managing to create chances.
When Abdou Diallo, was excluded for a second yellow (65th), the problems of indiscipline shown by the Parisians against OM and which notably earned Neymar a two-match suspension in the disciplinary committee seemed to reappear.
And the nightmare of absences continued, with Juan Bernat left injured.
But the little preparation may have weighed, and the Argentinian has was ineffective in the last gesture, especially on the balls, which he failed to frame, delivered by his compatriot Angel Di Maria.
Tenured on the left, “El Fideo” sought by all means to be decisive passer.
“He is reliable, he is strong, he has experience, he has the mentality, he has the quality to be decisive, (…) he plays two matches in three days without training, after having been sick with the coronavirus … I have no words, it's incredible, “Tuchel praised him again after the match.
In the game, on set piece … he multiplied the centers, including the most of them found no one or were intercepted by the efficient defense at five Metz, when his teammates did not miss their recoveries.
Until then enters for Draxler, on a counter and nine against eleven which made the spectators of the Park exult.
Would the Parisian season finally be launched?