In lack of success, too clumsy and discouraged by a goalkeeper in very good shape, the PSG attack had a complicated evening against OGC Nice (0-0).
Against Nantes (3-1) and Saint-Etienne (3-1), it took time for PSG players to overcome their opponents. Facing Nice at the Parc des Princes (0-0, 16th day), the light never came. The players of the capital were turned off by an effective defense, a goalkeeper in a great evening, but overall, the best attack in France (35 goals in 15 games before tonight), led by Di Maria, Messi and Mbappé, missed creativity, coordination, support but not awkwardness.
The match ended with a sad goalless draw. This puts an end to a series of nine wins in nine home games this season for the Ile-de-France residents, with Nice confirming its place as the second best away team. There were a few situations, for the two teams elsewhere, but PSG disappointed, chaining attacks not always straight against the walls that are the axis Dante-Todibo and Benitez.
Only 5 shots on target out of 22
“We’re playing as we should, with the tools we have right now. I am satisfied with the evolution. We are improving little by little, we are first in Ligue 1 and qualified in the Champions League, we continue to work to be ready. We lacked precision. Sometimes the ball goes in and others don’t ”, regretted Pochettino in a press conference, evoking the absence of Neymar.
But with or without his Brazilian, the attack should have done better. Aligned in nine, Messi was far too shy, only trying his luck far too rarely (12th). Holder on the left, Mbappé failed him in front of Benitez (27th), before missing a very big opportunity even if he was reported offside (64th). It was ultimately Di Maria who had the best situations but either he ran up against the rampart Benitez (35th, 50th), or he missed the frame (41st, 75th).
The Parisians have also framed only 5 shots out of 22 attempts. This record testifies to the too great weakness in front to tip the match, especially against a goalkeeper in great shape. Even Icardi, entered fifteen minutes from the end, could not save the day, too short on this last center of Nuno Mendes (90th + 3), like Marquinhos also a few minutes before. There is no danger in the remainder of course, PSG is largely the leader, it is above all an evening without.