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Without Mbappe and Neymar, PSG came out of Ligue 1 struggling

Published:2023-08-13 By Thanh Quý(MetaSports) Comments
France Without two attacking superstars, the Ligue 1 champions had to accept a 0-0 draw at home with Lorient, the opponent ranked 10th last season.

In the opening match on the evening of August 12, PSG continued to not use Kylian Mbappe as pre-season friendly matches. The top scorer of Ligue 1 last season is isolated from the first team and has to train with the youth team, due to his refusal to renew his contract and refuse to transfer. Coach Luis Enrique also excluded Neymar and Marco Verratti from the list of preparing to play. The Brazilian forward and the Italian midfielder are said to be preparing to leave, and the management do not want them to risk the risk of injury.

PSG got off to a bad start with a starting lineup of six rookies. The defending champions controlled the ball 78%, but failed to create real chances in front of goal Lorient. When preparing to enter the penalty area, PSG players often lose the ball, or shoot at the opponent's foot.

In the 43rd minute, Lorient created the best opportunity in the first half. Laurent Abergel hit the post from 20 yards, after breaking between the two home defenders.

PSG continued to play deadlocked in the second half. Three strikers Marco Asensio, Lee Kang In and Goncalo Ramos were completely lost in front of Lorient's disciplined defense. South Korea's Lee Kang In missed the best opportunity of the second half when a seven-meter volley bounced off the visitors' defender.

Coach Enrique was also unable to improve the situation even when he sent Carlos Soler, Fabian Ruiz and Hugo Ekitike on to the field at the end of the second half. PSG finished 12 times, but only four times in the direction of goal.

A 0-0 draw at home made PSG ranked 14th. Meanwhile, rival and third-placed team last season, Marseille started with a 2-1 victory over Reims.

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