A dream European evening. This is what a fiery Parc des Princes experienced on Tuesday evening during PSG’s big victory against Maccabi Haifa (7-2) on behalf of the 5th day of the group stage of the Champions League. If, thanks to this spectacular victory (allowing the passage to Paris to equal its record of goals scored in a European match), the capital club has secured its place in the round of 16 next February, the supporters have had the chance to witness a real attacking festival. And if Christophe Galtier’s squad also put themselves in a favorable position for first place in Group H (4 goals ahead of Benfica), it’s thanks to their infernal trio Messi-Neymar-Mbappé.
Two goals and two assists for Lionel Messi, the same record for Kylian Mbappé, a goal and a provoked goal: this is quite simply the copy made by the three stars of Paris Saint-Germain on the Porte de Saint-Cloud side. After having exploded a very playful and very high formation on the ground not hiding their offensive risk-taking, the Argentinian, the Frenchman and the Brazilian are now involved in 13 of the 14 achievements of the Rouge et Bleu this season in C1. An incredible record finally logical in view of their show of force, once again, against the Israelis.
Mbappé on fire, a gala Messi
Elected man of the match by our editorial team, the 2018 world champion shined on the meadow of the Park. Thanks to “his special”, like Thierry Henry, he offered himself a double by opening his right foot and depositing the ball opposite the Maccabi goal, first with success (32nd ) then at the reception of a cross from Hakimi (64th). If he also distinguished himself by serving as an ideal relay for Messi on the 4th goal of the game (45th), he could even have offered himself a hat-trick of offerings if the sevenfold Ballon d’Or had not struck. the transverse (77th).
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Despite this failure at the end of the meeting, Leo Messi sublimated him throughout this European evening. As so often this season, we had the impression of seeing the Argentine genius of Barça again, as evidenced by his inspiration from the outside of the left foot to open the scoring (19th) and his unstoppable strike before the break after a hell of a kick. kidneys. Failing to go for his hat-trick, he took on the costume of passer for Neymar (35th) and the incoming Soler (83rd), just after serving a caviar to Ekitike, who lost his face-to-face ( 82nd). No matter if he sometimes lacked technical accuracy on certain openings or transmissions, he was surgical in the decisive zone, being a real poison when approaching the opposing surface. It is starting to become a habit in Paris this season, but the great Lionel Messi seems to be back more than ever.
In diesel mode, Neymar enjoyed
Unlike his two acolytes, Neymar Jr had a little more trouble getting into his game and finding the right tempo, like when he was slow to serve Mbappé (14th) or missed his shot against the empty goal while KM7 had served it on a set back (18th). His altercation with Beck, after his late tackle on Mbappé, also earned him a warning synonymous with suspension in Turin. No big deal, the public quickly forgave him. More diligent, more serious, more killer with the ball, the international Auriverde then hurt a lot. Without his brilliant pass from the scarf to Mbappé at the entrance to the surface, the Bondynois would probably not have made the break (32nd).
This technical gesture has also called for others, of which he alone has the secret. Failing to have also been able to add a decisive pass to his counter, he had the merit of causing Goldberg’s csc thanks to a sharp overflow in the area (67th). “It’s a pleasure, it’s a privilege to watch them from the front rowwelcomed an admiring Vitinha in the mixed zone. They do all of those things. They continue to impress me, the team and the fans because they do what no one else can do. It is truly a privilege. » Christophe Galtier, in a press conference, also said all the good things he thought of his three phenomena.
This is ” the Graal “ for Galtier, PSG can dream very big
“We played fantastic football, there was a lot of bonding between the lines, and especially between the midfielder and our three attackers who were fabulous. There was a very strong connection between them. When everyone plays for the team, it sends back a very good image. We had to find a system and complementarities so that they could express themselves more freely. Their technical quality and their relationship in small spaces, as well as the fact of defending more in density, allow us to have more rapid transitions. When one of the three leaves with the ball, it’s fair, for each other […] But it’s very nice to train them, especially the front three. Having them in training every day, with the session yesterday (Monday) morning, which was of an exceptional level, and in addition to seeing them express themselves like that, for a coach, it’s the Holy Grail ». The new performance of madness has in any case something to make the supporters of Paris SG dream. “If the three stay like that, it’s possible to do a lot of things”rightly pointed out Achraf Hakimi at the microphone of RMC Sports. Like finally lifting the cup with the big ears? There is something to believe in it.