The post-World Cup recovery is very delicate for PSG. It’s simple, in four Ligue 1 matches, the men of Christophe Galtier have tasted defeat twice. A record all the more catastrophic that before that, the club of the capital had not lost in almost four months of competition.
Individualities who struggle to make a difference
In addition, even if they won against Strasbourg (2-1, 16th day of Ligue 1) and against SCO Angers (2-0, 18th day of Ligue 1), PSG hardly offered a more attractive spectacle, far from it. Even if this happened before the World Cup in Qatar, the level displayed by the red and blue players is very worrying. No, or very little, intensity, few smart calls, no synchronous movement… No, PSG are simply offering us a parody of football.
However, this state of affairs is not really new as far as PSG are concerned. However, during previous turbulence zones, we had at least the satisfaction of seeing individualities shine. There, it’s total nothingness. A player is here to highlight, because he perfectly illustrates this picture depicted: Neymar Jr. Because yes, since he made his return, the Brazilian is only a shadow of the one he was during the first four months of the current financial year.
Neymar and Messi must get their heads back at PSG
So it should not be overlooked that Neymar Jr coming out of a very trying period, both physically and mentally. For this second point, the elimination conceded against Croatia in the quarter-finals of world Cup, remains a very significant scar. As for the first point, the Ney was hit in the ankle during this same competition. A wound that he has just finished treating. Still, the level displayed by the Auriverde is very worrying.
We also reached the pinnacle of this observation against Rennes this Sunday evening. Non-existent in the game and, above all, imprecise in each of his choices, Neymar Jr seemed lost on the Breton lawn. Add to that a palpable annoyance at each contact, and you understand that this one does not really have his head at PSG. The case of Lionel Messi is a tad different. With a victory in the World Cup that will have to be digested, the Pulga showed some interesting things. Scorer against Angers on his return, he started his match against Stade Rennais rather well.
A Messi who needs to pick up the pace?
Started well, because as the minutes ticked by, the former Blaugrana died out little by little. To end up disappearing completely. If it is not necessary to sound the alarm bell for the time being, the two South American geniuses still make a number of Parisian supporters concerned.
As we know, the strength of PSG resided, during the first four months, in the strike force brought by its magic trio, the famous MNM. Today, the stigma associated with the World Cup still seems far too fresh. Still, the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League against Bayern Munich will start in less than a month. The whole thing now is to remobilize and Christophe Galtier, the red and blue coach, will have a leading role to play. Only then will PSG be able to believe in their European spring dreams.