FC Metz – Paris Saint Germain: Paris Saint-Germain Get Past Metz Despite Uninspired Performance (0-2)
Ligue 1 behemoth Paris Saint-Germain took a trip to the Stade Saint-Symphorien to face newly-promoted Metz. This Ligue 1 game came at one of the worst possible times for PSG, as they had to deal with plenty of injuries and off-field drama. In spite of their troubles, PSG claimed a controlled, albeit unimpressive, 2-0 win over Metz.
Tactical analysis and match report by Julian Chingoma.
Trailing league leaders Rennes by three points and without star men Kylian Mbappé and Edinson Cavani through injury, PSG also had the ongoing Neymar saga to deal with. Metz had a lot less on their mind, having made a decent start to their Ligue 1 campaign. They sat at mid-table, having collected four out of a possible nine points so far. They would have certainly been looking to capitalize on the circumstances surrounding the visitors.
Manager Frédéric Antonetti sent out Metz in a 4-3-3 shape. The defense and goalkeeper remained unchanged from their loss to Angers. In goal was Alexandre Oukidja while Fabien Centonze and Thomas Delaine were the fullbacks, while Stopilla Sunzu and John Boye were the central defensive partnership. The midfield three was made of captain Renaud Cohade along with Habib Maïga and Mamadou Fofana, who both came in for Kevin N’Doram and Victorien Angban. The wingers were Opa N’Guette and Farid Boulaya, who came in for Ibrahima Niane. Habibou Diallo would be the home side’s striker.
Thomas Tuchel matched the hosts in a 4-3-3 formation for this clash. There had been a reshuffle in personnel from their previous tie, as Mbappé and Cavani were unavailable for selection. Eric Maxim . . .