Beyond the final result, find out what caught the attention of our journalist at the Parc des Princes on Saturday, during the match between PSG and AC Ajaccio.
The weeks follow each other and look alike for Kylian Mbappé. Saturday again, against Ajaccio (5-0), Bondy’s was not as twirling as in Qatar for example. He nevertheless found a way to afford a double, just to take the break at the top of the Ligue 1 scorers’ rankings (26, against 24 for Lyonnais Alexandre Lacazette). “Like the team, he wants to go for this 11th title. And after that, he also has his personal goals. He wants to be top scorer in Ligue 1 for the fifth time in a row. It’s very good for him and for us», emphasizes Christophe Galtier. And it’s also good for the show when “KM” slams a cover as succulent as on his second goal, a model of the genre. Candy.
Zaire-Emery, a taste of coming back
Whether he holds, like in Troyes (1-3), or whether he enters at the end of the match, like Saturday, Warren Zaire-Emery never misses an opportunity to put himself forward… and to make people regret his relatively modest playing time. The young (17) midfielder always makes it a point of honor to give everything on the pitch. The public was not mistaken, giving him a standing ovation during his foray into the 11. Against Ajaccio, he again brought his power, his freshness. He could even have scored or had scored with a little more precision.
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Danilo, the darling
How not to love Danilo Pereira? A good soldier, the Portuguese international midfielder is regularly lined up in defense, as was the case again on Saturday evening. Often irreproachable despite his obvious technical limits, the former captain of FC Porto spends without counting, making his physique and his aggressiveness speak for themselves. He is even to be credited with an ist on the first Parisian goal, even if he probably targeted Hugo Ekitike rather than Fabian Ruiz… Le Parc loves this kind of player, blue collar. “I work for it and I’m very happy about it», savor the interested on C+ . Copy.
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Finally some gambling in Paris
For once, we weren’t bored watching a Paris Saint-Germain match. “It’s been a long time since we played like this“Blows Danilo Pereira. Failing to be brilliant, the club from the capital has never trembled against Ajaccio. Already 2-0 at the break, after a still fairly dull first period, but Galtier’s players did not release the grip, despite being accustomed to the fact… “This victory is good for the players and for the accounting plan, but also because of the way the team has evolved, somewhat in the continuity of the match in Troyes, with a lot of seriousness, application, rhythm and intensity to recover the ball as soon as possible. And offensively, things were quite interesting», underlines the Parisian coach. And to add:The players had a lot of fun playing together and making our supporters happy.At least to some of them, the others being mostly busy… whistling Leo Messi in a moonlit evening.
Ajaccio (really) not up to par
Back to box L2 for AC Ajaccio. Obviously, it was not Saturday night that Olivier Pantaloni’s players lost their place in the top flight. “In the sporting aspect we have been in great difficulty this year and within the club, there are things to improve», see the Corsican coach. Nevertheless, the Ajacciens never existed on Saturday evening, showing significant shortcomings in all areas. “We knew that relegation had been ratified for a long time, it was above all the heavy defeat that made us suffer the most. Losing in Paris happens to a lot of teams, but we were sorely lacking in aggressiveness to get the ball back faster. That’s what upsets me tonight“Plague Pantaloni, who probably dreamed of coming to refuel at the Park, like Rennes, Lyon or Lorient recently. Missed.
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You may find that nice, but it really isn’t. In any case, not if we put ourselves in the shoes of an ACA supporter… In images from our little comrades from Canal +, we saw some Ajaccio players posing next to Neymar – out for the rest of the season – after the game. Photo souvenir. This is obviously not the kind of attitude we are entitled to expect from a Ligue 1 team. That’s good, the ACA is in Ligue 2.
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Hakimi, the bad taste
What stung Achraf Hakimi? Between often neutral performances and… accusations of , the Moroccan international is having a trying season. He set out to make it even more complicated on Saturday evening by splitting this ironic little phrase after his expulsion : “This is France!“. We imagine that we must understand that the former Madrid player is not really impressed by the level of the referees in our championship. An outing that is reminiscent of that of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Bordeaux, in 2015. Bad pick for Hakimi, who could well be finished with his 2022-23 season if the members of the Disciplinary Committee are in a bad mood. during the study of his case… He will in any case be absent in Auxerre, while Paris must already compose without Nordi Mukiele for the rest of the season and Timothée Pembélé is rarely available. Perhaps this will be the opportunity to see Zaire-Emery again in this unusual role of right piston, as on the ground of Troyes?
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Confirmation of what we already knew: without the Collectif Ultras Paris, the Parc des Princes loses its soul and its voice. The members of the CUP decided to “total cessationof their activities until further notice. Suddenly, an atmosphere of death in the spans of the Porte de Saint-Cloud stadium. A silence interrupted by the whistles for Leo Messi. Whistles to which a (large) part of the stadium responded with encouragement and applause. The divorce is consummated between the Ultras and Messi, but also between the Ultras and the other fans.