He Paris Saint-Germain thrashed. Yes, as it usually happens often in Ligue 1 and even more so when the rival played 70 minutes with one less. But this 4-0 to Montpellier it left more than just another resounding victory. Beyond what was in front, Mauricio Pochettino put everything in and his team gave him back a great collective and individual performance.
Neymar played a great game from end to end. Plugged in, without great frills but always making the right decision for the play. On the 10th he played at his own pace and the team accompanied him in every way. Because this PSG that before changed schemes and ended up depending exclusively on the figures, this time left a solid team image. Always high pressure, generating situations and with interesting movements.
That first half cost him the same. At 15, at Mbappe It was lowered by the rival goalkeeper outside the area when he went to goal and the VAR reported that it was red. Montpellier, which was already suffering, went on to suffer more. But after Icardi and Di María couldn’t handle their chances, it was Kylian himself who appeared. He received a large attendance from Noodle and defined it by picking it for 1-0.
In the second half, PSG dominated everything and the goals came in a flurry: three in three minutes. Neymar first, after a very good collective action. Then Icardi, capturing a rebound that struck down the goalkeeper and had his revenge after two misses. And later, Mauro himself assisted Mbappé for the final 4-0. The four above understood each other perfectly and everyone enjoyed it.
The Argentine coach hugs Neymar, who played a great game (AFP).
For Pochettino -he was on the bench already recovered from Covid-19-, another victory was given, the fourth in a row to continue with that great start after the tie in the debut and having won the French Super Cup to Marseille. This was the widest victory and one that left more positive things. As the performance of Leandro Paredes in that double five with Marco Verratti, both headlines in the last three matches and being also important.
Di María was also at a very good level: he gave an assist (AFP).
With this triumph the Parisians already took the advantage in Ligue 1 that they aim to win once again. They took three ahead of Lille, which this Sunday will have to go out to beat Rennes (5th) to reach it at the top. A more directed panorama for the Argentine DT in its beginning. Gaining momentum at the local level but with his head set on the Champions for February and those crosses of the second round against Barcelona. This time, the 4-0 at Montpellier was very solid and with all the lights.