Merlus which connect, the inspiration of Pélissié, but also a PSG which stalls and a Mbappé which plunges again… Discover the tops and the flops of the meeting between FC Lorient and Paris Saint-Germain (3-2), counting for the 22nd day of Ligue 1.
The hakes go on
They did it. Suffering since the start of the season, the Lorientais brought down the Parisian champion of France to end their beautiful week. A week that saw them win against Dijon (3-2) and beat Paris by the same score. Two major victories in the race to maintain. Two victories, this has not happened to Lorient since … February 2020. An achievement equal to the copy made by the Hake, never greedy for efforts and who will have played their luck, without locking themselves in defensive and restrictive football. This is evidenced by the statistics in favor of FC Lorient, which will have struck and framed more than Paris (16 shots / 5 on target, against 14/3).
The big blow of Pelissie
He clearly won the tactical battle against Mauricio Pochettino. Christophe Pélissié has reaped the fruits of his excellent work at the head of the Breton club for a year and a half. With his 5-4-1, he put PSG in difficulty, with the desire to play all the shots thoroughly. In response to the card scooped by Monconduit in the first period, he brought in Chalobah to stabilize his midfielder. In response to the second penalty caused by Mendes (57th), he took out his defender to make three changes, with the entries into play in particular of Wissa and Moffi (5 goals in his last 5 matches), both scorers. All without ever denying its gaming ambitions.
He is the symbol of FC Lorient who gave their all against Paris Saint-Germain. Exemplary captain, the player born and trained in Marseille has never stopped harassing Neymar and the Parisian ball carriers. Very present in the four corners of the field, he especially scored the first goal of the match, his first for a year (against Sochaux, on February 1, 2020), after a good job from Grbic (37th). His leadership role, his desire and his full determination carried FC Lorient to success at the end of the match.
Since his arrival, Paris Saint-Germain seemed to have started off on very solid foundations. Mauricio Pochettino will have waited a month before knowing his first defeat as manager of Paris Saint-Germain. After a draw for his first against Saint-Etienne (1-1), his PSG had chained four consecutive successes. But when the Parisians seemed really gone for a new title, they stalled Sunday at Moustoir. A surprise defeat that could have consequences: the Parisians would find themselves third in the standings in the event of a draw or Lille victory against Dijon (5:00 p.m.).
The Parisian defense too feverish
Deprived of Diallo (Covid) and Marquinhos (adductors), the Parisian defense sank against the promoted Lorient. At first passive on the opening of the scoring (Abergel, 37th), Kimpembe and Danilo not daring to set foot against Grbic, she did it again at the end of the game. Waiters, the Parisians let Wissa rush in full axis, combine with Moffi and strike successfully in front of Rico (80th). The terrible counter leading to Moffi’s goal in added time follows a free kick too quickly played by Neymar and Mbappé (90th + 2). Completely lonely, the Nigerian resisted the return of the only Kimpembe to adjust Rico.
Mbappé plunges back
Scrutinized for a few weeks, Kylian Mbappé responded to criticism by delivering a big match against Montpellier (4-0), with a double and an assist. But against Lorient, the Parisian virtuoso has never been able to find the key to shine. Transparent a good part of the meeting, he misses in front of the goal by hitting well above (86th). Like his teammates, he lacked inspiration against Lorient.