Leader of the standings at the start of this 19th day, Paris Saint-Germain knew that they were going to maintain their rank. But after the quack in Lens, the Parisians were playing their second hexagonal shock of the year 2023. A match of choice for which the men of Christophe Galtier did not want to miss each other. Lens had fallen to just three points and the Rouge et Bleu no doubt wanted to make up for their poor performance against RCL by winning on a Rennes pitch which rarely brought them luck.
To do this, Galtier bet on a starting lineup almost identical to that which won against Angers at the Parc in midweek, with one exception: the young Warren Zaire-Emery took the place of Fabian Ruiz. At the start of the match, a little surprise at Roazhon Park: the SRFC played five behind and left control of the leather to the visitors. This did not pose any major problems for the Bretons. As usual against a grouped defensive block, PSG struggled. Even more with his Mbappé rocket on the bench at kick-off.
It’s very simple: we had to wait until the 20th minute of play to see the first Parisian shot (not on target). Even worse, the champions of France only made one shot on target! Coming into play in the 55th minute, Kylian Mbappé could have made this statistic lie just after Rennes opened the scoring. But even the Bondynois saw his attempt land in the stands of Roazhon (69th). Once again, Paris was therefore greatly disappointed against one of the big arms of Ligue 1. The five-man defense did not work, the absence of Marco Verratti still weighed despite the good performance of young Warren Zaire Emery and the duo Neymar-Messi seemed too borrowed to make a difference. Asked about Prime VideoHugo Ekitike tried to provide an answer.
Vitinha is not worried
“Of course there is frustration when you lose a match like that. He missed a bit of everything. Really disappointed with the loss today. We have to collectively get back together, that we work more, we have to remobilize for the next matches. I don’t think it was the World Cup that cut us off. The compact blocks facing us? it has to go through the sides, the coach gave us instructions, we had to put some speed on the side, we didn’t do it very well, or even not do it to bring crosses. I hope we will do it in the next matches and that it will be better.. Later, in the mixed zone, Vitinha was the only Parisian to stop. And he did not expect to lose this meeting.
“It’s a difficult defeat, we didn’t expect it. We tried to do our best, to create chances, but the goal never came. Afterwards, we conceded one and we did not manage to come back to equalise. It’s a sad night and we have to analyze it between us to see what we can do and see what we can improve for the next game. I know that all teams have good and bad sides. Maybe we pressed less. But we have to work on that, it’s our only way out. We know it’s hard to lose, but we have to think about the next game and improve to show that we are the best team. I’m not worried. We don’t want to lose, but it happens. We have to work on it so that it doesn’t happen again, but of course I’m not worried.. The Portuguese is not worried, but his coach Christophe Galtier really did not appreciate the content offered by his men.