Zero goal between the two best attacks in Ligue 1: not many people would have bet on this outcome for this Sunday’s match between Paris Saint-Germain and Lille. The Parisians may have dominated the midfield and keep the ball, the Lille did very well by counter-attack and the two clubs ended up neutralizing each other (0-0). LOSC is again leader, thanks to a better goal difference compared to Olympique Lyonnais. PSG are 3rd, one point from the lead.
For the beauty of the gesture
This match will have been, from start to finish, an aesthetic performance. Lovers of the gesture, more than the result. Let’s start, for a change, at the end, and with a defender. Presnel Kimpembe probably made one of the most beautiful defensive moves of the year on this intervention in the 79th minute. The Parisian defender was alone against four Lille attackers on a lightning counterattack. The opening of the score seemed inevitable. But Kimpembe, injured, threw himself at the perfect moment to stop the race of Burak Yilmaz, then clear the ball in a final effort.
Like the match, we played good football, brushed against the scoring opportunity without really succeeding. Like a taste of unfinished business from the first half, especially for the Parisians who finished very well. The artist Angel Di Maria drew on his palette to make the Lille side lose their heads, with his crosses or set pieces. Twice, through Moses Kean then de Fonte, who almost deceived his own goalkeeper, the Argentinian almost put his team on the rails of victory.
He may have missed a Neymar, injured, or a Kylian Mbappé, decreased and only came into play at the end of the match, to materialize this domination. Maybe only, because it must be said that we found in Paris this general fluidity, and this collective solidarity, which we had lost a little at the start of the season. As if all the players wanted to play for the team.
However, at the end, when Di Maria addresses this perfect cross in the 59th minute, Moise Kean then Marquinhos do not mark. When Idrissa Gueye chain recoveries, or Marco veratti the first perfect revivals, there was no will-o’-the-wisp to break the lines and materialize this dominant midfield. “I think we were able to control the game but maybe it took a little more creativity to be more dangerous in the game, also analyzed Marquinhos at the end of the match. Even with all of our absentees, we had a superb team on the pitch who responded, all the players gave a lot of energy. We missed that little goal to make the evening perfect. “
In the end, PSG will have had the foot on the ball (almost 70% of possession), but as many shots (8) and fewer shots on target (1 against 2) than Lille. The beautiful gestures, the understanding, without the result, nor the classification (Lille recovers its place of leader, Paris remains in 3rd place): we have known Paris more pragmatic, and Thomas Tuchel will certainly make sure to remedy it very quickly.