PSG added their third consecutive draw against Troyes, once again showing that the squad has completely disconnected after being proclaimed champion of Ligue 1. The Parisian team wasted a two-goal lead in the first half against the newly promoted and could not prevail despite having had enough chances to score. Messi, again jinxed facing the door, had two sticks, already adding ten posts so far in the championship. Marquinhos and Neymar scored the local goals while Ugbo and Tardieu put the tables on the scoreboard.
The main consequence of Pochettino’s return to the system of four defenses was the substitution of Ramos. The camero, who had played the last three games as a starter, did not start from the start. The Argentine coach preferred to bring together Di María, Messi, Neymar and Mbappé in attack in a declaration of intent that he wanted to be ultra-offensive against a considerably inferior rival by squad.
The first half in the Parc des Princes was a reflection of what PSG’s season has been like: a team without structure in which its forwards do not defend and that subordinates its results to the individual talent of its enormous squad. Di María, who has every chance of leaving PSG for free in June as the top assistant in the club’s history, invented a genius cross for Marquinhos after five minutes in the 1-0 win for Pochettino’s men, who soon put land in between.
If the game was expected as a PSG monologue, the truth is that Marquinhos’ goal brought Troyes back to life, who enjoyed several dangerous arrivals that worried Keylor Navas. Nevertheless, at the best moment for Irles’ men, it was 2-0. Neymar, who has recovered his best level since the elimination in the Champions League against Real Madrid, generated a one on one from Mbappé against the goalkeeper that ended with a penalty caused by the striker. The Brazilian scored the second and, just when everything seemed to be in order, an unexpected mistake by Nuno Mendes allowed Canadian Ike Ugbo to surprise Keylor Navas and make it 2-1. It was a jug of cold water for PSG, who could still leave with a higher income at half-time if it weren’t for Neymar being offside after a shot from Neymar was repelled.
The second half started the same as the first, but with the difference that now it was Troyes who scored and not PSG. Those from Irles tied the penalty match thanks to an error by Kimpembe, who grabbed Ripart and the striker was ready to throw himself to the ground when he felt the contact. Tardieu, through a fabulous panenka, put the tables on the scoreboard of a game that they had lost in the 20th minute. PSG, with their own pre-season parsimony, again generated danger once Neymar and Mbappé got on board. In fact, the Brazilian, through a great play by the Frenchman, made it 3-2, but the referee annulled it for a rather dubious foul by Mbappé before assisting him. He gave the impression that both PSG and Troyes were content with a draw, as the pace slowed down quite a bit after the draw. Messi had a post at the end, but it was not the Argentine’s night. A tie that does not imply any alteration in the classification, since PSG is the champion and Troyes is practically saved.
Mama Balde (76′, Ike Ugbo), Yoann Salmeer (76′, Yasser Larouci), Idrissa Gueye (76′, Danilo Pereira), Wijnaldum (77′, Verratti), Ismaël Gharbi (88′, Di Maria), tristan dingome (88′, Rominigue Kouame)
1-0, 5′: Marquinhos2-0, 24′: Neymar2-1, 29′: ike ugbo2-2, 48′: Florien Tardieu
Referee: Jerome Brisard
VAR Referee: Clement Turpin
Neymar (65′, Yellow) Renaud Ripart (65′, Yellow) Rominigue Kouame (81′, Yellow
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PSG plays for the third consecutive game