PSG destroyed Real Madrid0
In the central match of the first round of the Champions League group stage, the French PSG destroyed real Madrid 3:0.
To begin with, before the match it was the Parisians who were considered the clear favorites of the encounter. This happened due to the terrible game of Real in the first rounds of the championship, the lack of motivation for the head coach, as well as the lack of Sergio Ramos in the defense of Los Blancos.
The match began with the total dominance of PSG in midfield. Due to the fact that the team head coach Thomas Tuchel let the defensive players Marquinhos and Verratti pair with Gueye - they managed to block all the zones and level James Rodriguez, who had a disgusting match. If Casemiro and Kroos barely coped with their tasks, then in matters of creation Real had huge problems.
Already on the 14th minute, Di Maria opened the score with the help of Icardi, who diverted the attention of the central defenders to himself. Twenty minutes later, the Argentinean doubled the lead and the whole match was on fire against his former team. However, the MVP of the match was Gueye, who played excellently on interceptions, in the selections and at the same time started the attacks of the home team smartly, practicing in the alien half.
Di Maria was not the only one for whom this match was of a special character. Keylor Navas made his PSG jersey debut against Real Madrid, but never entered the game. All due to the fact that Los Blancos never struck on target. Yes, they scored two goals, but referee Anthony Taylor canceled the goal from Bale and the goal of Benzema at first because of a hand game in attack, and then the offside that intervened in the fate of the match.
After the game, Real Madrid's head coach Zinedine Zidane rightly summed up,
“PSG have a good team, they create moments. But this is not what bothers me. I am worried that my team did not perform at the level required by this tournament and such an opponent.
The Parisians excelled us in everything. The main thing is in intensity, it annoys me the most. We knew that PSG would put pressure on us, but we were not truly in the game at any given time.
Usually we create a lot of points, today two goals were canceled, but with them the chances were not enough. When we win, it is the victory of all; when we lose, everyone is to blame.”
Zidane accepted the defeat with dignity. But is it possible that such a calm reaction caused the coach to become indifferent? Quite possible. However, do not forget that Ramos, Modric, Isco, Marcelo and Asensio were outside of the roster. Their absence influenced this result, but PSG had an unpleasant tendency.
At the group stage, they look great, and in the playoffs they drop out after the very first difficulties. Therefore, it will not be surprising if Real Madrid, according to last year's Liverpool principle, will reach the Champions League final in spring, and PSG will stumble at the round of 16 or quarter-finals stage with Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani, who were not there yesterday and without whom PSG looked harmonious.