After Ajaccio – Paris Saint-Germain – Lionel Messi – Kylian Mbappé, beauty line

It could have been an uneventful match, a simple formality for Paris Saint-Germain. This Friday, against Ajaccio, the champion of France offered an easy and expected victory (3-0). However, Christophe Galtier will still have some valuable lessons to learn from this successful trip.
A week after a moderately conclusive first test against Olympique de Marseille, the Parisian technician renewed his 4-4-2 diamond, this time without Neymar, suspended. If the usual substitutes (Renato Sanches, Carlos Soler), established four days before the reception of Maccabi Haifa, did not really pull out of the game, Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi, them, refined their technical relationship.

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It will take a much larger sample of matches, against teams of a better level, and above all to add the presence of “Ney” which all the same changes a lot of things, to establish a definitive judgment on the association of the two superstars on the attacking front.

But there are still elements that do not lie: the possibility, for Kylian Mbappé, of occupying a slightly more remote area to start his lessons from further away and open his right foot in the zone of truth. And that, for Lionel Messi, to be closer to the axis and the surface, with an open game on his left foot, in particular to launch the Frenchman.

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It’s all these technical details that have done a lot of harm to the Corsican defense. On the first goal, a deep pass from the Argentinian for a tricolor scorer who started on the edge of offside (0-1, 24th). On the second, an action of pure genius, with a heel from Mbappé towards the Pulga, part to catch Benjamin Leroy (0-2, 78th). And on the third, a pattern similar to the opener, even if the Frenchman this time had to manage with less space (3-0, 82nd).

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The collaboration could even have been more fruitful, since the seven-time Ballon d’Or had also found the tricolor international just before the hour mark. But Bondy’s bomb wasted this ammunition, and a few others. “On a favorable situationanalyzed Christophe Galtier afterwards, on Premium Video. A few times we wanted to get into the goal with the ball. We didn’t shoot, we looked for the perfect goals… and they arrived. The first is beautiful in its design. The other two are magnificent, with technical prowess.”

It is also for this reason that we changed the organization

So much for the downside. The pair still have room to become more lethal than it was at François-Coty. And that is certainly enough to definitively validate the transition from 3-4-3 to 4-4-2 diamond. “On a high quality attacking sector with this connectionadmitted Galtier. The fact that they can be together very high, it is also for this reason that we changed the organization. To find them better connected, much higher up the pitch. Approaching the surface, these are players who are very difficult to control. The slightest contact in the surface can result in a penalty. And the depth with Kylian is an important asset.”

After the claims of Mbappé, dissatisfied with his role within the previous scheme, the Parisian coach had assured work on alternative solutions to put the French in better conditions. He’s already found one.

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