PSG resist in Bordeaux without Neymar or Mbappé

The Parisians beat a team that was superior after the 0-1 by the minimum. Sarabia gave Pochettino all three points with a beautifully made goal.


The most successful PSG in recent years continues to get the three points by inertia. Today, without Neymar, Mbappé and Di María, the Parisian team beat a good Bordeaux by the minimum that was superior after Pablo Sarabia's goal. The Spanish gave his team victory with a beautifully crafted goal that allows PSG to follow in the wake of Lille, the brand new leader of the Ligue 1.

Without Neymar and Di María injured, without Mbappé sanctioned and without Moise Kean, last minute positive, the Ligue 1 champion faced a cheating match in Bordeaux. They faced an injured opponent, with internal problems in the dressing room (Koscielny publicly reproached Ben Arfa for his commitment to the team), but who already knew what it was like to score against PSG this season. Pochettino pulled out the best eleven he had available, with Rafinha as midfielder alongside Draxler and Sarabia.

PSG did not notice excessively the casualties of its two bastion players, Mbappé and Neymar. The first 20 minutes of the Parisians at the Matmut Atlantique were of a great level, suffocating their rival with very intense pressure in the first few meters and moving the ball from side to side very fast through a great Rafinha. Precisely it would be the former Barcelona who would generate the 0-1, after a great oriented control that enabled Draxler on the left wing and that Sarabia took advantage of after a great drag from Icardi to Koscielny.

However, the good minutes of PSG evaporated little by little. Bordeaux decided to advance lines and began to add several arrivals. In fact, he went into the break with more shots than his rival (7-6), although none of his chances bothered Keylor Navas. Pochettino could not adjust the intense pressure from the de Gasset and the Parisians ended up going to the dressing room tunnel thanking the referee for the whistle.

The PSG was gradually falling into the inertia of having the result in favor and in the initial section of the second part it was closed in its field. Bordeaux did not cease its intense pressure with which it had ended the first half and continued to weave transitions, although all with the same result. It was the 60th minute and Keylor had not yet intervened despite the good intentions of the Bordeaux team.

Gasset decided to put Ben Arfa in to give Bordeaux more dynamism and the former PSG player was able to tie the game, but his shot with the right left brushing the post. Pochettino started Ander Herrera to gain an asset in midfield and the reigning Ligue 1 champion began to put the pace of the match to sleep, preventing his rival's attacks and securing three vital points in the title fight.Lille secure the lead in stoppage time

Two goals from Jonathan David in stoppage time gave Lille victory against a weak Marseille, who was shot and left unchallenged in the final match before Sampaoli's arrival. The Northerners are leaders with two points of advantage over PSG and, with ten games to go, they have Ligue 1 on track.

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