PSG / Brest – Back to the entries of Ruiz and Ekitike

Fabian Ruiz

Between two matches Champions Leaguethe PSG negotiated an important match against the Brest Stadium yesterday afternoon, as part of the 7th day of Ligue 1. With minimal turnover, players of Christophe Galtier won by the smallest of margins against the SB29 (1-0) thanks to a realization of Neymar Jr. A result that allows the reigning French champions to retain their leadership position at the end of the day. Although the Rouge & Bleu lacked realism at certain points in the match, they were able to count on a Gigio Donnarumma decisive with a penalty saved in the 70th minute of play. Champions League facing Maccabi Haifa Wednesday (9 p.m.). But two rookies were able to benefit from a few minutes during this meeting against Brest: Fabian Ruiz and Hugo Ekitike.

Fabian Ruiz available in game

Recruited during the last days of the transfer window, Fabian Ruiz underwent a truncated pre-season preparation with the Napoli because of his desires to leave. Physically a little behind his new teammates, the Spanish international has replaced the essential Marco Verratti shortly after the hour mark (62nd minute). The opportunity to show his qualities as a midfielder. However, the 26-year-old entered a phase of play where the Rouge & Bleu were disappointing and lacked control. But, the old SSC Napoli managed to show his passing quality. In 33 minutes of play (28 minutes + 5 minutes of additional time), the midfielder touched the ball 52 times for a total of 40 successful passes out of 44 (91%). In the game, the Spaniard was quite discreet but tried a few forward passes. Faced with Brest’s aggressiveness during the last half hour, Fabian Ruiz answered present in duels (4/5 won) and demonstrated low technical waste with only 4 lost balloons and 3 tackles. A first while mastering for the native of Los Palacios y Villafranca (in Spain). In particular, he will be able to take advantage of the injury of Renato Sanches to accumulate more playing time in the next two matches before the break (Maccabi Haifa and Olympique Lyonnais). It remains to be seen in the future whether a partnership with Marco Verratti in midfield or the switch to three players in midfield will further highlight the qualities of Fabian Ruiz.

Fabian Ruiz’s Activity Zone (SofaScore)
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Hugo Ekitike needs to beef up his game

Often entered during the game during the last meetings, Hugo Ekitike once again tasted the bench for the reception of the Brest Stadium 29. And, the player on loan with option to buy by the Reims Stadium still had a short playing time at the end of the match (12 minutes + 5 minutes of additional time) to try to highlight his qualities. If the 20-year-old striker is willing and is not afraid to ask for the ball (16 balls touched), he is very rarely served and will need to gain the confidence of his teammates. Accurate in his passes (7/8, 88%), he recovered 2 balls and lost 3. Despite an interesting breakthrough with the ball at his feet, Hugo Ekitike will have to beef up his game in the future. Indeed, in 17 minutes of play, he won Only 1 out of 6 duels (17%). Despite his height of 1m89, he did not win any of his aerial duels (0/3). However, he should have obtained a penalty at the end of the match for an obvious foul on him. It remains to be seen whether the French U20 international will get more playing time from Christophe Galtier or if other offensive solutions (Carlos Soler, Pablo Sarabia) will be preferred. As a reminder, the former Rémois is currently one of the players recruited to supplement the attacking trio Lionel Messi-Neymar Jr-Kylian Mbappé.

Activity area of ​​Hugo Ekitike (SofaScore)

*Source : SofaScore

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