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Tops / Flops PSG-QRM: Messi in the legs, Icardi the head elsewhere

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Tops / Flops PSG-QRM: Messi in the legs, Icardi the head elsewhere
Written by madishthestylebar

Lionel Messi sharpened, Mauro Icardi not concerned C. Gavelle / PSG – AI / Reuters / Panoramic

For the first of its new coach Christophe Galtier, PSG won 2-0 against Quevilly-Rouen. Our tops and flops of the meeting.

TOPS

Lionel Messi reassures

With the absence of his attacking companions Neymar, hit in the hip, and Kylian Mbappé, who only resumed training at the start of the week, Lionel Messi had to take matters into his own hands for this friendly match against Quevilly-Rouen (2-0), this Friday, at Camp des Loges. One thing is certain: the performance of the Argentinian in this first friendly match announces the color for the rest of the summer preparation. The former Barcelonan, quickly on pace, didn’t wait long before showing himself to be dangerous. From the kick-off, his percussion at the entrance to the surface caused an interesting free kick (3rd). At the origin of the penalty transformed by Sergio Ramos (33rd), he did not stop controlling the meeting by guiding the game of his team, while trying to serve Arnaud Kalimuendo or Eric Junior Dina-Ebimbe in depth.

Young people take advantage

In addition to Mbappé and Neymar, several players were missing from the Parisian group, such as Nuno Mendes, Presnel Kimpembe, Danilo Perreira and Marco Verratti. Enough to leave minutes and space to the young players of the training center who were able to compose brilliantly. This is the case of Dina-Ebimbe, aligned on the side and author of many breakthroughs in the Normandy area (32nd, 35th). At halftime, Christophe Galtier released all of his starting eleven. Baldé and Najeh played the whole of the second period in defense, as did Zaire-Emery, who perfectly celebrated the signing of his professional contract, alongside Nathan Bitumazala in the middle. If Djeidi Gassama doubled the bet thanks to a very good dribbling sequence (54th), his teammate Sekou Yansané missed a ready-made action in front of the Quevilly-Rouen cages (82nd).

FLOPS

Mauro Icardi has his head elsewhere

Established alongside Lionel Messi and Arnaud Kalimuendo in attack, Mauro Icardi did not seem concerned by this first friendly match. The Argentinian did not appear sharp, far from being as impactful in depth compared to some of his teammates in the attacking sector. At the heart of the departure rumors, Icardi seemed to have his head very far from the capital, like this sequence where he does not even try to control the ball given by Lionel Messi (22nd) in the area.

Keylor Navas got scared

If the meeting had no stake, Keylor Navas almost made two big recovery errors in the second half. Entering the game in place of Gigio Donnarumma, the Costa Rican completely missed his clearances on foot, thus offering two dangerous actions to Quevilly-Rouen. Like Icardi and unlike Herrera, Gueye or Kurzawa, who weren’t bad, Navas didn’t seem quite focused for Christophe Galtier’s first on the PSG bench. The new Parisian coach had however set his objectives for this meeting: by testing two devices (3-4-3 then 4-3-3), the main idea was to be solid, efficient and involved. Mission failed for Icardi and Navas.

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