The 1×1 of PSG: sublime Mbappé

This was the performance of the PSG players in the win against Barça, in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16, at the Camp Nou.

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Keylor Navas: He showed his spectacular level by repelling a hand-to-hand with Griezmann in the 15th minute. On Messi’s penalty goal, he guessed the Argentine’s shot, but was unstoppable when he crashed into the squad. In the second part, he was hardly demanded, but he was correct in all the starts he did.

Florenzi: He was content throughout the first half after an individual marking by Griezmann that left him unnoticed. However, Pochettino released him in the second and was decisive in the 1-2 after taking advantage of a great pass from Paredes.

Marquinhos: It makes little noise, but its level is always spectacular. The Brazilian was the key that started PSG’s 1-1 after a wonderful long pass to Kurzawa. Together with Kimpembe, the center-back formed an extraordinary pair and was practically not demanded thanks to his forcefulness in the area.

Kimpembe: Every time he plays with Marquinhos, the Frenchman increases his level exponentially. It was not extremely demanded by Griezmann, nor with Messi, but he solved most of the duels in his area with great force. He had a fairly placid match.

Kurzawa: Involved in Barcelona’s goal for a dubious penalty on De Jong, Kurzawa was involved in PSG’s goal in the first half and then a great shot from ter Stegen. He held back in the second half to try to stop Dembelé, and he was more than correct.

Walls: He played with a calm that has never characterized him, giving Verratti more height and enabling his teammates with first-touch passes. On defense, he left Messi unnoticed in the first half and, in the second, led the way to 1-2 with a brilliant pass over Florenzi and assisted Kean at 1-3 with a center that carried music.

Gueye: The expulsion was played before the break after a hard tackle on Busquets and he was not comfortable during the first 45 minutes. Nervous, ineffective in passing and with difficulties moving around the divide, Pochettino took him off for Ander Herrera just as he left the changing room tunnel.

Kean: After a somewhat off first half, more attentive to Jordi Alba and Pedri than to attack, the Italian had a great opportunity as soon as he left the dressing room tunnel but his shot was blocked by an omnipresent ter Stegen. Minutes later, he took advantage of a great assistance from Paredes to score 1-3 for his team.

Verratti: Colossal, omnipresent and active throughout the midfield, Verratti delighted the Camp Nou with an exhibition on the same level as the best midfielders in the world. He assisted Mbappé at 1-1 with a Modric-style exterior and made an extraordinary encounter.

Mbappé: The French international made one of his best performances since joining PSG. He scored an absolute crack goal in the first half and was a nightmare throughout the game for Barcelona. Two years ago he asked the Parisian team for more responsibilities and today he proved to be at the height of the best. Hat-trick that put you in the Olympus of French football legends.

Icardi: In his boots he had in the 25th minute one of those occasions that cannot be forgiven, after finishing off a hand-in-hand against ter Stegen. Before the break, he missed again in a frank header from a corner, but his game was generally not good. We are not used to missing clear occasions.

Substitutions:

Ander Herrera: He entered to put out the fire that Gueye had generated in the first half due to his yellow card and the Spaniard gave the balance that PSG always needs in midfield.

Draxler: Pochettino gave him entry because Verratti was warned, but the German gave the feeling of apathy that he has characterized so much in recent years. With a contract in force until June, it seems that he is already thinking about a future transfer and that he does not feel confident in Paris.

Danilo: It came out in 84 ‘, with the match sentenced, by Kean. He hardly participated.

Kehrer: It came out in 88 ‘by Florenzi. He barely touched the ball.

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