By landing in Brittany with eight consecutive victories in Ligue 1 and with their fantastic Four in attack, the club of the capital was the big favorite of the clash against Kamaldeen Sulemana’s Rennes. But in the end, the Red-and-Black managed to thwart the giants.
On paper, Paris Saint-Germain were more than favorites. Mauricio Pochettino’s men came out of a great victory against Manchester City at the Park (2-0) and expected to end their week by clinnching their ninth consecutive win in the league.
To do this, the Argentine coach had even decided to line up the starting eleven who had triumphed against the Citizens, apart from the presence of Angel Di Maria who took the place of Ander Herrera. To challenge the Bretons, Paris therefore presented its fantastic four. Neymar, Messi, Mbappe and Di Maria.
But again, stacking the offensive stars didn’t pay off. Paris certainly had several goal actions, especially in the first period, and Messi hit the woodwork. But collectively, the performance of the Ile-de-France side had nothing to do with that of Rennes.
Bruno Genesio’s players have been able to remain united to take full advantage of the lack of defensive retreats of the four Parisian attackers.
On the sides, Kamaldeen Sulemana, Gaëtan Laborde and Benjamin Bourigeaud have greatly hurt the two Ile-de-France side, Achraf Hakimi and Nuno Mendes, two players exposed to waves of attack. And it is not a hazard.
Credit to Footmercato.net for the original story in French.