Ligue 1 – 10 days
PSG Argentina, holders facing OGC Nice (4-1), all conveyed the delivery was not only successful, but also completely in line with their style.
Di Maria, who is hyperactive
First on shots (4), first on dribbles (7 tempted, 4 successful), first on creation (8 assists leads to a shot!) But also first on ball losses with no less than 26 throughout the game. Angel Di Maria's figures this Friday can all be said about his style, unbalanced players, always looking for moves that hurt the opponent, even if he has waste. On big evenings, the winger often plays a little disconnected from his partner, ready to jump behind his side. Malang Malang Sarr suffers a nightmare in front of him, between the recurring difficulties of the position at this post and the possibility of Patrick Vieira's instruction to his side to stick to their direct opponent to gain speed. Di Maria doesn't need the ball to accelerate – on the contrary, his two goals come with pure attack. There is no longer a classic winger who is in the wrong position, in an established and sometimes predictable position that we see with Unai Emery. Di Maria of Thomas Tuchel is an anarchist player, sometimes a mysterious act (when they are answered), but his intention is always clear: to hurt the opponent in the final move.
Icardi, the usual one
He continued his pleasant walk. The third goal in three matches, in which he followed the forgotten action behind the defender stuck to him at the base, before finishing calmly. An emphatic decoy full of inspiration, at the extraordinary deviation in the touches that he brought Dante to him. In two actions, Mauro Icardi showed his quality, between talent in front of goal and good play on the pivot. With only sixteen balls in contact, the participation of the new Paris fox is rare, but valuable, as if it were awake at the right time. The striker spends his time between the two central defenders, forcing them to watch it like burning milk. Supervision because of its reputation? Match after match, Icardi confirmed that.
After two selection matches, Leandro Paredes makes a full match, in his style, made of a long roll of reversals (12 long balls tried, 10 successful, double record matches) and the operand slips between the lines – sometimes preceded by one or two touches of the ball or at a glance too long to not be frustrating. If the Argentine does not always speed up the game, he is often oriented as a lighthouse: fixated on its axis, opens the light around him … and is easily recognizable. This may be the difference with previous matches, including those against Reims (2-0 defeat) where he suffered: physically, if he would never become a monster, Paredes now seems to be able to hold the entire match without hiding, chaining small steps travel to make themselves available or block pass operands. Initially just a guard, the former Boca then evolved in a double axis with Ander Herrera, without his appearance being felt (43 passes in the first 62 minutes, 24 later, balanced ratio).
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