Very broad leader of the championship with thirteen points in advance, PSG owes its place in large part to its refusal of defeat and its ability to seek reversals of the situation until the last moments.
PSG narrowly avoided a great liver attack before the holidays. Led 0-1 in Lorient then reduced to ten after the expulsion of Sergio Ramos, the Parisians found the resources to equalize (1-1) thanks to a header from Mauro Icardi in added time (90th + 1). The Hakes were undoubtedly warned that the stars of the capital, even outnumbered, form a formidable team of character, if not convincing on the ground. Being led to the scoreboard is an old habit for them because last night they recorded their 17th point in the league after running behind the score. That’s more than a third of their total capital (46 points).
These twists and turns bear witness to a team that absolutely refuses defeat. Mauricio Pochettino can at least be satisfied with that. Its players fight until the last seconds to snatch a draw or even a victory. Another striking statistic, of the 17 points taken after being led, PSG recovered 16 from goals scored in the last quarter of an hour of play. Pochettino regularly evokes the strength of character of his team on purpose. And it’s been like that since the start of the school year. In addition to goals scored late in the 2nd (4-2 against Strasbourg) and 3rd day (4-2 in Brest), while PSG was already leading, it is especially the result that is ambiguous.
16 points taken from goals scored in the last quarter of an hour
Against OL at Parc des Princes (6th day), Paqueta’s opening scoring (54th) was not enough. Neymar first equalized with a generous penalty (66th), before seeing Icardi offer the victory 2-1 with a header in added time (90th + 3, like, like …). Rebelote three days later in Metz with this time Achraf Hakimi in the superhero costume. Already a scorer in the first period, the Moroccan goes for his double in the very last seconds (90th + 5) for a narrow success, 2-1. On October 15 during the 10th day, this time it is the SCO which is the victim of the Parisian strength of character and of a big refereeing error in the process.
After the goal of Fulgini (36th), Danilo Pereira (69th) and especially a very contentious penalty from Mbappé (87th) turn the situation around for a new 2-1 victory. The following reception in the Lille championship will be of the same ilk. Led by a goal from David (31st), the players in the capital find the resources to turn things around once again thanks to Marquinhos (75th) and Di Maria (88th). On November 20, on the occasion of the 14th day, Nantes will leave the Park with great frustration. Kept alive by Lafont and returned to the score by Kolo Muani (76th), the Canaries ended up losing 3-1 because of an improbable goal against his camp of Appiah (81st) and the only goal of Messi (87th) ) in Ligue 1.
Extra time, a highlight for PSG
In the next match, it’s Saint-Etienne who bites his fingers. The expulsion of Kolodziejczak just before the break complicates the situation of the Greens, who opened the scoring by Bouanga (23rd). Under the blows of Messi, author of three assists in the cold of Forez, the defense finally cracked. A double from Marquinhos (45th + 2, 90th + 1) and a goal from Di Maria offer the three points in Paris (3-1). Then it was Lens’s turn to see Wijnaldum equalize at 1-1 in added time (90th + 1), before watching Icardi imitate him two and a half weeks later at the Moustoir. PSG does not shine but unlike last season when the title had escaped him, this time, he does not even plan to leave crumbs to his opponents.