Totally apathetic in Rennes, without reaction after Hamari Traoré’s opener, PSG conceded a second consecutive defeat away at Roazhon Park. Beyond the balance sheet, it is above all the completely amorphous game of the capital club since the recovery which is cause for concern.
It was an evening in August 2022, the new look Paris Saint-Germain had just successively dismantled Clermont, Montpellier and above all Lille, torpedoed at home by champions of France on a cloud. Everyone was then carried away by the quality of the game offered by Messi, Neymar and company. After a season placed largely under the sign of boredom under the aegis of Mauricio Pochettino, were the Parisian stars finally going to put on a show? A few months later, the answer is there: not really. If no one expected PSG to stick seven every weekend, the glaring apathy of the Rouge et Bleu for several weeks is increasingly reviving memories that the club’s supporters hoped to forget.
Rennes, the black beast
It was announced: this month of January stuck between the World Cup and the resumption of the Champions League would be difficult to manage for Paris. Often carried by its three attacking individuals, the club from the capital saw the three lascars – especially Messi and Mbappé – illuminate Doha and suspected that getting back on the road would be difficult. But the impressive lack of desire displayed by all these beautiful people since December 28 and the reception of Strasbourg is flagrant. Completely overwhelmed in Lens two weeks ago, Paris therefore went to Rennes to turn the other cheek, without bothering to pretend to revolt after Hamari Traoré’s opener. Beaten for the sixth time in the Qatari era by the Breton club – a record – the men of Galtier cannot however say that they were not warned. Summary of the evening: a second loss in a row away from the Parc des Princes in Ligue 1, a lead reduced to its minimum in the league and a confidence that has completely deserted the team.
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On the lawn of Roazhon Park – where they have not won in four outings – the Parisians only framed an unfortunate strike, the work of Juan Bernat ten minutes from time. They have also tried their luck only eight times, the worst total of the season (on this point, three of the worst performances of the year have taken place in the last four games). Excluded against Strasbourg, Neymar seems totally out of rhythm and has not managed the slightest difference, while Lionel Messi is still inconstant and Kylian Mbappé has just returned from vacation. But when the MNM does not shine, this PSG disappears. Again aligned three behind for two games, the formation of Christophe Galtier has all the trouble in the world to create, suffering from the absence of Verratti, but not only. And the coach may try things, like the tenure of Warren Zaire-Emery in place of an insignificant Fabián Ruiz three days ago, nothing helps.
“I’m not going to talk about worry, but there has to be awareness. » Christophe Galtier
Back to the past
The evil that gnaws at this PSG seems deeper. ” It’s been twice this year, we have to find solidity, intensity in the duelswarned Marquinhos at the microphone of Prime Video from the final whistle. We had chances we didn’t manage to score, it’s starting to make a lot of points that we lose. These are difficult matches, we must not start to lose too many otherwise we will be in difficulty.The Brazilian defender knows only too well his team’s propensity to stop playing for several weeks, as if suddenly no longer concerned at all by events. “We will have to compare the good periods of the team since the start of the season and what is happening now and the images will speak for themselves.“, retorted Galtier in a press conference, ensuring that he was ready to make “choice» .
Eight months after the departure of Mauricio Pochettino, not much seems to have changed. Few of the newcomers have been showing off on a regular basis in recent months, and time is running out now. “I’m not going to talk about worry, but there has to be awarenessinsisted Galtier, asked about the lack of intensity of his flock.Obviously we can find a thousand excuses, but the World Cup is over. We need to find a lot more cohesion in the game, more rhythm and intensity.The former Saint-Etienne coach knows it: the next match against professional-level adversity will now wait two weeks. There will then not be much time left to wake up before the big clash with Bayern Munich.
By Tom Binet