Last summer, Paris Saint-Germain’s new football adviser, Luis Campos, made hiring a defender a priority. The Portuguese had also set his sights on Milan Skriniar, Inter’s boss of defence. In the end, neither Skriniar nor any other centre-back landed in the capital. A failure that Christophe Galtier had recognized in the face of the media, not hiding his frustration elsewhere. And for cause. Numerically, Paris is limited in terms of solutions, especially since “Galette” introduced a three-man defence.
In case of injury, and given the crazy schedule planned, the situation could become dangerous. Well, he did not fail, since Presnel Kimpembe was injured on September 10 against Brest. Since then, Paris has made up for his absence, winning three times against Maccabi Haifa, OL and Nice. Three significant adversaries, but not really terrors. This Wednesday night, against Benfica, the tense situation of the Parisian central defense intensified even more.
At the start of the game, Marquinhos, Danilo and Sergio Ramos multiplied the risky climbs in front of their goal, sometimes putting Gianluigi Donnarumma in a bad position. And facing a team that loves to go after the Ile-de-France pistons, Danilo and Ramos have often been mistreated. The Spaniard certainly manages to string games together, but he was catastrophic in Lisbon. The rearguard also thanked Donnarumma three times in the first half. The Italian got the big game in his head-to-head with Gonçalo Ramos (8th) and David Neres (18th), before repelling a point-blank shot from Silva (37th).
Unfortunately for Rouge-et-Bleu, “Gigio” could not perform a miracle in Benfiquist’s equalizer. Accusing goal for the couple Danilo-Marquinhos eaten in the air by Ramos (41st). For the eleventh consecutive trip to the Champions League, PSG conceded a goal. Without forgetting a Hakimi author of any game and visibly not enthusiastic about going to pressure the decisive passer, Enzo Fernández. Paris got away with it last night, but what will happen when it’s time for the competition money?
Hero of the night, Gianluigi Donnarumma did not want to overwhelm his people. “Yes, they played a lot of depth, there was a bit of fatigue at home. Then, we adjust the distances and manage to manage this depth well. As for the game, the team gave a lot, we did everything we could. We spent a lot of time, he only missed goals, but that’s football. We have to accept it, move on and focus on the next game.”. Still, going into this match, Paris are unlikely to falter in their desire to try their luck with Skriniar this winter.
— OptaJean (@OptaJean) October 5, 2022