Paris losing to Nice is a cause for concern before the Champions League.

l’essentielParis-Saint-Germain has prepared in the worst possible way for their upcoming Champions League clash against Dortmund on Tuesday, September 20th. They suffered a 3-2 defeat at Parc des Princes against a well-organized and lethal OGC Nice team, thereby losing the chance to temporarily take the lead in Ligue 1 from Monaco.

The nervousness of the Parisian defense and the lack of fluidity in midfield are concerning for the club, with only three days left before the start of the Champions League and nine days before the Classic against Marseille. Kylian Mbappé’s double, as a starter and captain just a few days after a discomfort in his patellar tendon, did not change anything…

The coach Luis Enrique, who arrived in the summer, is facing his first serious alert, despite two successful evenings against Lens (3-1) and Lyon (4-1). It was difficult to predict this failure based on the first five minutes, when PSG had dominantly controlled the ball. However, Nice then started to organize an effective pressing, which led to several mistakes from the Parisian defense. It’s the same old story, in short.

Une mauvaise relance au pied de Donnarumma (5), une perte de balle dans l’axe (7) ou encore une déviation in extremis du talon par Danilo pour fermer le chemin du but ont symbolisé les errances du PSG. Le cauchemar de la défense francilienne vendredi soir tenait en cinq lettres : Moffi. Il profitait d’une perte de balle de Kylian Mbappé pour marquer sur une frappe déviée, avant de provoquer le public (0-1, 21e).

Provocation qu’il a redoublée lors de son deuxième but, lui qui a pu tranquillement ajuster sa frappe lointaine devant un Skriniar attentiste (1-3, 69e). En enlevant son maillot devant la tribune Auteuil au nez et à la barbe des ultras parisiens, il s’attirait les sifflets du public et la colère de Donnarumma.

Recrues transparentes

In the meantime, Moffi also provided an assist to Laborde after carrying the ball from his own half (1-2, 53rd minute).

Mbappé, who had already put his team back on track with a shot just outside the penalty area (1-1, 29th minute), brought back memories of France-Argentina in the last World Cup by instantly converting a cross from newcomer Kolo Muani (2-3, 87th minute). However, the comeback will not happen.

Par sa justesse après sa rentrée en jeu, celui-ci a été le seul à vraiment convaincre parmi les coûteuses recrues de l’été en attaque. Dembélé a bien réussi plusieurs des dribbles qui sont sa marque, or il a vendangé deux occasions franches (28, 37). Quant à Ramos, en dehors d’une tête mollassonne, il a été transparent.

In the overall Paris, without their captain Marquinhos who was given a rest, suffered greatly in terms of depth, despite some convincing interventions from Danilo. In midfield, Carlos Soler missed his chance, forcing Luis Enrique to bring in Manuel Ugarte, who was rested after his return from the Uruguayan national team, early in the second half.

Paris needs to quickly recover… in three days, when Borussia Dortmund will arrive at the Parc for a challenging group phase, along with AC Milan and Newcastle. There is no doubt that Parisian supporters would not forgive such vulnerability, in their own home against… Marseille, next Sunday.

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