Striking Wijnaldum, the good match from Nkunku, but also the approximations of Kimpembe and the Parisian defense … Find the Tops and the Flops after the draw between Leipzig and PSG (2-2) on Wednesday.
A great evening for Wijnaldum
Many doubts surrounded his case since his arrival at PSG. And it’s as if he wanted to silence the critics for an evening. Arrived from Liverpool last summer, free after five seasons at Anfield, Georginio Wijnaldum has sought a lot since the start of the season. Author of encouraging entries in recent times, the Dutchman had the opportunity to show (finally) all his qualities. And he did not disappoint. With a good volume of play, he simply scored a double, each time in real fox surfaces. He was also interesting in the transitions during which his partners were able to find him between the lines.
Nkunku, another poison for his training club
As in the first leg (3-2 victory for PSG), Christopher Nkunku was still sharp in the midfield of Leipzig. Very smart to place himself between the middle and the defense of PSG, the Frenchman again released a big performance. From the start scorer of the head, he caused the penalty of 2-2. A full match for the former titi.
Marquinhos, boss match
Once again, Marquinhos held the house by signing a large number of saving interceptions thanks to an impeccable reading of the game. Decisive passer for Wijnaldum, he was therefore especially valuable behind. But not all of its partners can say the same …
Donnarumma believed to delay the deadline
Preferred to Keylor Navas, Gianluigi Donnarumma, who was playing only his second match in C1, can not do much on German goals and especially released a penalty that avoided the 2-0 in Leipzig. A decisive stop that could have counted even more without the return of the German club in the last moments. He sometimes took risks in his raises at the foot but is generally reassuring in his cage.
Kimpembe, below everything
The matches follow each other and are often similar for Presnel Kimpembe. Able to come out of good performances, the defender trained at PSG also knows how to miss his subject. And against Leipzig, he was below everything. Always so hard in the duels, he is preceded by Nkunku on the first goal and commits a fault on his former comrade from the training center on the penalty resulting in the second. He never gave off serenity in defense and greatly weakened his team by his risky raises.
A defensive block not at the level in Paris
Once again, PSG has been pierced on all sides. From the outset, the Parisians were jostled by a team from Leipzig who knew how to press high. It is in the area of recovery that visitors suffered when this area should have been worked on the day before. We saw a lot of waste in the transmissions from Hakimi, Gueye or Danilo, the latter also having caused a penalty.
Mbappé, an evening without
Kylian Mbappé was not at 100% and it showed. Less sharp in his choices, the striker missed no less than three big scoring chances while the score was 2-1 for his team. Failed duels against Gulacsi which could have relieved PSG. Except that he did not make the right final gesture. Without a great Mbappé, Paris could not get by.
A PSG who always questions
This match further highlighted the total absence of PSG version Pochettino game plan. The Argentinian technician still seems to be groping and his team does not give any assurance. Beyond its porous defensive block, transitions are often uncertain. More and more doubts around the Parisian coach are likely to accumulate.