Paris Saint-Germain is already showing noticeable improvements on the pitch this season, but unfortunately, the drama that has embroiled this club since the Qatar Sports Investments takeover still lingers.
On this episode of PSG Talking, I’m joined by Marc Damon during PSG’s Ligue 1 match against Lille OSC. We spend the entire first half discussing Penaltygate 2.0 and PSG’s recent performances on the pitch. We also stop periodically to admire the four goals scored in the opening 45 minutes as well.
First, we tackle the drama. Essentially, it boils down to this. Kylian Mbappé wants to be the first choice when it comes to taking penalties at PSG. Unfortunately, the Frenchman might be the third or fourth best penalty taker at the club. Neymar Jr. is clearly better at converting those chances, but following his decision to sign a new contract at PSG, Mbappé does have a more commanding voice regarding the sporting project. We discuss whether Mbappé has a clause in his contract that stipulates he takes all penalties, whether the situation has been overblown, and if Neymar is at fault for taking a penalty against Montpellier after Mbappé missed his chance.
We then take a break from the penalty drama and focus on all the good happening on the pitch. Through the first three Ligue 1 matches, the reigning champions have outscored their opponents 17-3. How has Christophe Galtier, aka GOAT-ier, unlocked the potential of this team? Is it Sergio Ramos finally being healthy? The move to a back three? The addition of Vitinha? PSG’s world-class full-backs? Ultimately, PSG’s start to the season is an indictment on Mauricio Pochettino who fooled people into thinking Lionel Messi was washed up.
We wrap up the show by previewing the upcoming UEFA Champions League draw and listing the teams we hope are drawn against PSG.
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