It will probably take more to redeem the support of the Parisian public, but PSG got the job done, on Sunday 3 April, against Lorient, and did it well. On the occasion of the 30me day of Ligue 1, Mauricio Pochettino’s players easily won 5-1 thanks to goals from Lionel Messi, Neymar and especially Kylian Mbappé, who added three assists to his two achievements to sign a new capital performance.
If a spectator came to the Park for the first time for this meeting, he must have been very surprised by the atmosphere. Annoyed by recent PSG performances, and in particular elimination in the round of 16 of the Champions League against Real Madrid or the resounding defeat against Monaco (3-0) on the last day of the championship, the ultras had decided to express their discontent by remaining silent during the match.
In this frigid context, the PSG players still managed to win the game down the right flank and quickly opened the scoring for Neymar, served perfectly by Mbappé for the opening goal (1-0, 12me). The beginning of the recital of the French international, still excellent with the Blues vs South Africa during the international break. Minutes later, it was he who came to close his right foot to fool Matthieu Dreyer, Lorient goalkeeper, and allow PSG to take the break (2-0, 28).me).
Serious without being brilliant, the Parisians were still scared when they returned from the locker room. Not necessarily very focused on this shot, Achraf Hakimi was guilty of a bad back pass from Marquinhos that Terem Moffi took advantage of to get ahead of the Brazilian and lower the score against Donnarumma (2-1, 55me).
« At 2-1, there was a lot to do, especially if we stayed compact. “, Lorentais Enzo Le Fée pointed out at the end of the meeting, at the Prime Video microphone. Yes, but now, Kylian Mbappé had decided not to give up hope to FCL and put on his usual PSG savior costume. A few minutes after Lorient’s goal, he received a pass from Hakimi and scored twice with a delicious cross shot (3-1, 67me).
After getting his club back on track, the former Monegasque became a brilliant passer for his attacking friends. First it was Lionel Messi who found himself receiving a ball from Mbappé to send a shot from the left under the crossbar of a defenseless Matthieu Dreyer (4-1, 73).me). The French international finally concluded his party by serving Neymar in the last minutes of the match (5-1, 90me).
« We are happy for the victory. We have to keep winning and showing that we want to get this tenth title. Losing is hard, that happened against Madrid. We really wanted to get to the end of this competition, I know it’s very hard for the public. You must know that for us it is also difficult explained the Brazilian after the game.
Mbappé says he hasn’t decided his future yet
For his part, Kylian Mbappé, whose contract with the capital club ends at the end of the season, said he has not yet made a decision about his future. “No, I did not make my choice (…) There are new elements, there are many parameters, I am thinking”, he said into the Prime Video microphone after the meeting. Relaunched to know if he would continue at PSG next year, when he is especially coveted by Real Madrid, he replied: “Who knows? No one knows…”
If the afternoon’s victory doesn’t change much for PSG in their quest for their 10th domestic title (the Parisians are 12 points ahead of runners-up Marseille), it has several merits. It is already the first time that Messi, Neymar and Mbappé have scored in the same game, a sign that their association is starting to work at full speed.
Surtout, she allowed au PSG to refer to the evening at the end of the season and tout particularly for the meeting face at OM (April 17), surely the dernière grosse échéance du club de la capitale avant l’ Summer. If the Parisians want to put the Park back in their pocket, they would do well to offer them a victory against their rival.