In football more than anywhere else, everything goes very fast. And a little more in the Paris Saint-Germain galaxy. The club remained on two consecutive draws in all competitions, and on Sunday 16 October had the opportunity to establish their lead a little more at the top of Ligue 1. Things done after the short 1-0 success against Marseille, in ” classic” in the championship, thus relegating its rival to six units after eleven days.
A lesson quickly shifted to the background after the final whistle when Kylian Mbappé appeared in the mixed zone to speak in front of the microphones.
“I am very happy here”
Decisive fit on the only goal of the match scored by Neymar, the capital’s “pivot” was announced during the week at the departure of the next winter transfer window in January 2023, especially for broken promises regarding the project.
A hypothesis which is also maintained and nourished by the revelations of Médiapart, which confirmed in its columns that PSG has created a digital army aimed at discrediting certain players on social networks, including Kylian Mbappé. The latter wanted to make things clear about his supposed leanings, revealed in broad daylight ahead of the Champions League clash against Benfica Lisbon on Tuesday 11 October.
“I never asked for my departure in January. I did not understand the information that came out on the day of the match. I am not directly or indirectly involved in this info. (…) I was for a siesta and my entourage was for my little brother’s play It’s totally wrong and I’m very happy here » assures the player who extended in May 2022 for two seasons, accompanied by an optional third.
An intervention to reduce the pressure and appease an extra-sporting context that has become increasingly heated around the star and the Parisian staff, led by Nasser Al-Khelaifi. Kylian Mbappé also assures that he had no conversation with his president. “I saw him just before the game. He wished us luck.” he said laconically.
Complementarity found with Neymar
The technical relationship shown between Mbappé and Neymar offered the second update of the evening. And it didn’t happen, this time, by words, but by deeds, with the decisive handover of the first to the second. An act that reminds us that the speculation about the relationship between the two biggest transfers in football history deserves to be nuanced.
If the “Penaltygate” affair against Montpellier at the beginning of the season – when Neymar had grilled courtesy of Mbappé – reminds us that football is not the world of care bears that is sometimes depicted on social networks, tonight’s achievement to destroy the idea of a sporting disagreement.
The goal was also celebrated with a hug and faces both tense and angry that come to validate a connection at any time in the first period between the two aesthetes.
Christophe Galtier had urged the press and his troops to focus on the athlete. The technician was served by his two stars. One-touch play, sharp passes and well-felt combinations: each has refined their football for the other. And put water in his wine.
“When you play at PSG, you know what you’re getting into”
And if everything was not perfect in the second period – thanks to OM’s solidity, which greatly disturbed the Parisian fine mechanics – the two often tried to make themselves available, often looking for each other. If we are far from the mutual bows shown in front of the press and on the networks between the two players a few years ago, the copy shown in front of Olympique de Marseille in the evening shows that the PSG institution can still count on professionalism of its two stars, ready to live together to fulfill the club’s goals.
“When you play at PSG, you know what you’re getting into. You know what it will bring, for better or for worse. You have to be ready and everyone who comes here knows that sums up Kylian Mbappé. We’re in the middle of it right now, but we’re focused on winning games and winning titles.”