PSG: a worrying defense

What comes after this ad?

Last summer, Paris Saint-Germain’s new football advisor Luis Campos made recruiting a defender his priority. The Portuguese also had his sights set on Inter defender Milan Skriniar. In the end, neither Skriniar nor any other headquarters landed in the capital. A failure that Christophe Galtier recognized in the face of the media so as not to hide his frustration elsewhere. And for a good reason. In terms of numbers, Paris is limited in terms of solutions, especially since “Galette” introduced a three-way defense.

In the event of an injury and given the crazy planned schedule, the situation could get dangerous. Well it didn’t fail as Presnel Kimpembe was injured against Brest on September 10th. Since then, Paris have made up for their absence, beating Maccabi Haifa, OL and Nice three times. Three significant opponents, but no real horrors. This Wednesday evening against Benfica, the tense situation of the Paris central defense was further underlined.

Saved by Donnarumma

Early in the game, Marquinhos, Danilo and Sergio Ramos multiplied the risky raises in front of their goal, which sometimes put Gianluigi Donnarumma in a bad position. And with a team that loves to get behind the Ile-de-France pistons, Danilo and Ramos have often been mistreated. The Spaniard certainly manages to chain games together but he was disastrous in Lisbon. The rear guard also thanked Donnarumma three times in the first half. The Italian brought out the big game in a duel with Gonçalo Ramos (8th) and David Neres (18th) before repelling a free shot from Silva (37th).

Unfortunately for Rouge-et-Bleu, “Gigio” couldn’t work a miracle in Benfiquist’s equaliser. An accusatory goal for the Danilo-Marquinhos pair, eaten up in the air by Ramos (41′). For the eleventh time in a row in the Champions League, PSG conceded a goal. Without forgetting a Hakimi author of a game and clearly not enthusiastic about the idea of ​​​​pushing the decisive passer Enzo Fernandez. Paris got away with it last night, but what will happen when the competition’s money time comes?

The hero of the night, Gianluigi Donnarumma, didn’t want to overwhelm his people. “Yes, they played a lot deep, there was a bit of fatigue at home. After that we adjusted the distances and we managed that depth well. The team gave so much in terms of play, we gave everything we could. We spent a lot of time, he just missed goals, but that’s football. We have to accept it, move on and focus on the next game.”. Still, given this game, Paris are unlikely to falter in their desire to try their luck with Skriniar this winter.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *