This time, the MNM did not shine, at least not as a whole. After blowing up Maccabi Haifa’s defense (7-2) on Tuesday in the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain got scared this Saturday against ESTAC Troyes (4-3, 13th day of Ligue 1), but eventually prevailed. Unlike the capital club’s last European outing, only two of the three stars of the infernal attacking trio stood out at the Parc des Princes: Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr.
A Neymar (again) of the great evenings
If Paris SG has regained its distance at the top of the standings, it is indeed thanks to the Argentinian and the Brazilian, in all the good moves against the troop of Bruno Irles. The Ile-de-France n°10 was first well inspired when serving Carlos Soler to equalize at the start of the match (24th). Inspiration is also what Neymar has often shown against ESTAC, like his many overtures, for Messi (6th), Bernat (9th) or even for Mbappé, after a real show of which he alone has the secret concluded by a roulette pass in the area (66th). Involved in the pressing, he participated in the party thanks to a candy from Leo Messi (64th).
His efforts, like his attitude and his classy gestures, have made the Parc des Princes (deprived of part of its Auteuil stand) roar on more than one occasion. He could even have inflated his stats if he hadn’t procrastinated too much (8th), but it was once again a great Neymar that the Parisian public could observe. This is also a common feature between the two ex-comrades of Barça, the sevenfold Ballon d’Or also walking on the water since the start of the season.
Messi’s genius makes the difference
The ghosts of Lionel Messi’s first year in France seem a long way off. He confirms this match after match, with the approach of a World Cup that he intends to leave his mark on. At first rather discreet, La Pulga gained momentum against Troyes. Frustrated after seeing his head as prepared as it was placed being narrowly repelled by the opposing goalkeeper, Messi took matters into his own hands by catapulting the leather into the back of the net to bring the two teams to 2-2 (55th). The joy he let burst while celebrating speaks volumes about his involvement and his desire to win everything. Remained on the ground until the final whistle, he was even able to crack a few swaying breakthroughs that he likes so much in the second act.
Still, without these two loupiots, Christophe Galtier’s players might not have pocketed the three points. “They had to stay until the end of the match to wininsisted Galtier, at the microphone of Prime Videobefore explaining his management of offensive stars. If the score had been acquired in another way with several goals in advance, there would have been another management, knowing that Ney is not going to play on Wednesday (suspended). I felt the team was a little in trouble, I felt that we had to keep attacking power to play our attacking game and score goals.. With the goal of a Kylian Mbappé not in Olympic form and further back than his two acolytes, the MNM already has 43 goals scored and 28 assists delivered this season. The balance sheet is scary.