Pochettino's triumph with Mbappé's anger

The Parisian team suffered enough to defeat Angers, who competed until the end. Kurzawa tipped the balance with a great goal.


A lone goal by Kurzawa in the final stretch of the game gave Mauricio Pochettino his third victory in a row from the PSG bench, second in Ligue 1. The Parisians suffered enough to defeat an opponent who competed him until the end and who had chances to get ahead on the scoreboard.

Despite not being able to sit on the bench today due to coronavirus, Jesús Pérez and D'Agostino taking their place, Pochettino together for the first time since Di María, Mbappé and Neymar landed in Paris. The Santa Fe opted for a kind of 4-2-3-1 with the Brazilian hooking Kean, who won the title to Icardi today.

The one in Angers was the worst first half of Pochettino's PSG. It is true that the Moulin team closed in and did not leave spaces inside, but the Parisians had practically no clear chances to get ahead on the scoreboard. The 4-4-2 of the Loira team choked the current Ligue 1 champion, who only added a dangerous arrival, in a great pass from Di María to Neymar that the Brazilian ended up shooting at the side of the net. The locals, for their part, exposed the deficiencies of PSG in pressure, spinning several additions in the band that hardly disturbed Keylor Navas.

The negative note of the first 45 minutes was Kylian Mbappé. The Frenchman, who has been harshly criticized this week by several journalists, had a chaotic first half. He did not generate any advantage, suffered in tight spaces to show his speed and practically did not appear in the last third of the field. Despite being one of the top scorers in Ligue 1, his progression appears to have plummeted.

The excitement that the spectator had longed for in the first half was offset by a tremendous start to the second half. Angers had their clearest chance of the match yet, but Keylor Navas, who is at an impressive level, repelled a Diony header at the near post with a miraculous foot. PSG, suffering in their defensive transitions, also had their clearest chance, but Bernardoni appeared to close the space for Mbappé at the most opportune moment.

PSG knew how to survive a constant round trip and the most unexpected actor overtook Pochettino's. Kurzawa appeared at the far post in a center that a priori had no danger from Florenzi and unbalanced the balance in favor of the Parisians. As has happened throughout his career, the sides for the Argentine coach are extreme and have a high incidence in attack.

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