Worn by a still clinical Kylian Mbappé, PSG signed its 4th success in a row to regain the lead in the championship (2-0). Neymar played again, and Lionel Messi took his first steps in Ligue 1.
The whole planet had its eyes riveted on the Auguste-Delaune stadium, this Sunday evening, at a time when Paris Saint-Germain presented itself for the first time with its almost complete offensive armada. There was Lionel Messi – first on the bench – but it was still a fantastic event since in addition to making his big debut in Ligue 1, the six-time Ballon d’Or played his very first official club game in another jersey than that of FC Barcelona.
There was Neymar, his great accomplice, back in the eleven with a smile to achieve a season that we will scrutinize with attention. There was Kylian Mbappé, also and above all, like a card brandished in these chaotic hours when the name of the world champion is mentioned continuously like a countdown on the other side of the Pyrenees . There was also Di Maria, the fourth thief, or even Verratti, Wijnaldum, Hakimi and Marquinhos. Paris has therefore focused all attention by its simple team composition against a Reims formation which had everything to gain in this gala match, both in terms of sporting issue and media exposure.
Mbappé almost took care of everything
It did not take long to see Paris Saint-Germain make its law in this meeting . After an observation round at the start of the match, Kylian Mbappé lit the first wicks. We quickly felt that the world champion had electricity in his legs. Following a first alert on a superb control, it was he who unblocked the situation on a well-felt helmet blow upon receipt of an offering from Angel Di Maria (0-1, 15th). The second goal of the head for the Parisian number 7 this season – again of the head!
After this opening of the quick score, the Parisians alternated the good and the less good. Rather inspired in the construction with the precious Verratti and Wijnaldum in the middle, Pochettino’s men also suffered some hot situations. Because the Rémois, daring and courageous, did not have to be ashamed of their copy. Kebbal, from a fleeing center (39th), or even Cassama, with a strike that hit the post (41st), made the Champagne public shudder at the end of the first period. In short, everything remained playable. And Lionel Messi was not yet on the green rectangle …
Messi, the moment of history
Although rushed back from the locker room, the vice-champions of France managed to find a second wind. After a goal refused for the locals (51st), the Parisians made the break at the hour mark on a marvel of cons initiated by Hakimi and concluded by a clinical Mbappé (0-2, 63rd). Time then stood still when Messi accelerated his warm-up strides before entering the arena. A moment to immortalize. Launched in the deep end, Lionel Messi is a Ligue 1 player! The Argentinian, who replaced Neymar, fine-tuned his automatisms with his evening friends to calmly take the pulse. And the score has not changed. This new 2021-22 vintage of Paris Saint-Germain thus signs a new success at the end of an intense and pleasant meeting. The next passes will be higher. But this team is made to climb them.