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PSG-Bordeaux Tops / Flops: Marquinhos as a good captain, Paris still upside down – Ligue 1

The double of an exemplary Marquinhos, the inspirations of Di Maria, but also the Parisian excitement: find the Tops and Flops of this meeting between PSG and Bordeaux (4-3).


Marquinhos, courageous captain
He is probably one of the rare Parisians to have performed consistently throughout the game. Captain at short notice after injury out of Thiago Silva (17e), Marquinhos held its rank. Always as clean in his interventions and important in his placement, with 5 clearances, 3 interceptions and 10 balls recovered (Opta figures), the Brazilian defender was also decisive in the opposing area by registering his 1st double at PSG: a goal from the shoulder (45e+2) and another with the right foot on the lookout (63e).

Di Maria, left caviar
Erased in Dortmund last Tuesday (2-1), Angel Di Maria regained influence. The Argentinian multiplied the good centers, especially destined for Cavani, and ended up being a double assist in deciding, finding the Uruguayan (25e) then Marquinhos on a free kick well kicked on the left side (45e2). It was important to make the link between the middle and the attack.

Cavani, a 200th goal well celebrated
Is this the resurrection of Edinson Cavani? Close to a winter transfer window, the Uruguayan has stayed and now seems to be fully involved. Succeeding in a lot of sharp calls, the Uruguayan was rewarded for his slaughter with a beautiful goal from the head, his 200th at PSG. Assists for Mbappé (69e), he also missed other occasions (29e.67e.75e) but went out with the ovation of the Park.


Paris did not cure all its ills
Despite this short success (4-3),
PSG did not solve everything in one evening. After the disappointment in Dortmund (2-1), Paris did not reassure. Neither in his game nor in his defensive block. With a game that has relied too much on individuals, once again. There is still no collective that emerges and when Neymar is a little worse physically, it is felt in this team. Not to mention the early injury of Thiago Silva during the meeting which may, again, complicate Tuchel’s plans for the coming weeks.

Rico, an unwelcome blunder
Called to replace Navas in the Paris cage, Sergio Rico lived a funny evening. If the Spanish porter succeeded in many beautiful parades (17e, 57e, 76e), he also showed a certain feverishness. Missing a clearance that brought Pablo’s 2-2 goal before the break, he still had another hole after the break, without consequence this time (49e). Goalkeeper number 2 was the symbol of this Parisian team not quite leading the way.

Neymar, an eviction that will make people talk
To see his size, Neymar is not yet physically sharpened. Quite clumsy, the Brazilian did not have the expected influence with a lot of bad choices and some good ones that can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Far from being in leg, the number 10 in Paris ended up committing a nervous gesture that earned him a second yellow synonymous with red. Leaving the lawn and even fairly quickly the stadium, without attending the festivities around Cavani, Neymar will still be talked about. Suspended at least in the next match, he will not be able to win competition two weeks before the return match against Borussia Dortmund.


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