Paris SG was neutralized by a valiant Clermont team (0-0) on Saturday at the Gabriel-Montpied stadium, failing to temporarily take the lead in Ligue 1 and fill the sails before challenging Newcastle on Wednesday in the Champions League.
The Magpies are firmly awaiting the Parisians, who have just scored a third victory in a row by beating Burnley 2-0 on Saturday.
With 12 points, PSG are second, tied on points with Nice before the Aiglons’ match against Brest on Sunday.
Like one of the stands at the Gabriel-Montpied stadium, the trio Mbappé – Kolo Muani – Dembélé was still a work in progress, despite the card against Marseille last Sunday at the Parc des Princes (4-0).
Particularly because Kylian Mbappé, hampered by several physical problems since the start of the season, showed himself to be borrowed, for example by touching the outside post. Ousmane Dembélé had however offered him an offering inside the area.
Mbappé even received a card for simulation while trying to obtain a penalty (81st).
Returning in the second half, Gonçalo Ramos missed the inevitable two meters from the goal, wanting to play with goalkeeper Mory Diaw (82nd).
The same Diaw also deprived Dembélé of a first goal in Parisian colors. Accustomed to a certain waste at the finish, the former Barcelona player was rather skilful in front of goal on Saturday, but he fell against a very good goalkeeper. He lay down well on his left (19th) before stopping a point-blank recovery, among other attempts.
As for Kolo Muani, who unlocked his score against Marseille, he lacked imagination. His ball passes were systematically blocked by the Clermont midfielder, and he lacked spontaneity in the area. The former Frankfurter was quite annoyed by it.
Bradley Barcola, started again for the second time in a row, was harmless, although pugnacious in coming to recover some dangerous balls very low.
Lacking in efficiency up front, Paris was also scared several times behind. It is true that the Clermontois did not play like a red lantern: legs, well organized and playful, the team coached by Pascal Gastien however faltered in the finish as often at the start of the season.
At the start of the second half, Donnarumma saved his team with a stunning double save, then with another save against Konaté a few minutes later.
Clermont was also close to obtaining a penalty twice, first on a late tackle from Hakimi (27th), then on a mix-up in the area (69th).
While the Parisians lost 3-2 last season at the Parc on the last day, they again came up against the Auvergnats, whose supporters did not fail to chant “Here it is Clermont” at the end of the match. encounter.
On the edge of the field, Luis Enrique stamped his feet several times when he saw his players in difficulty. In Ligue 1, his PSG is still not sovereign.