PSG Press Review: Messi, Kimpembe, Hakimi, Danilo…

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Seen and read about PSG in the hex press this Monday, September 12, 2022. The return to form of Lionel Messi, towards a one-month absence from Presnel Kimpembe, Danilo Pereira number one option to replace the Frenchman in central defense and what a welcome for Achraf Hakimi in Israel this Wednesday.

In today’s edition, The Parisian focuses on the return in the form of Lionel Messi this season. After a first adaptation exercise, number 30 of the PSG shows great influence in the game of his team. And “Failing to score, he chained the assists and displayed his best level since his arrival in August 2021.” Facing Brest Stadium (1-0) this Saturday, he made his 7th assist of the season. Even if he scores less than in Spain (3 goals this season), the sevenfold Ballon d’Or has shown bad luck at times with 13 posts hit since his arrival in France in August 2021. Above all, the Parisian striker has found optimal form which allows him to chain meetings.

For the former Parisian, Fabrice Pancrate (2004-2009), Lionel Messi just needed a season of adaptation after 20 years at Barcelona : “I would not say that we have found Messi because in fact we hadn’t lost it. He was in a phase of adaptation, after twenty years in the same club. It was just a question of patience, of clicking. So, to me, what he’s doing today is Messi, It’s all natural. Admittedly, he doesn’t score too much, but when you see the impact he has on the game, his vista, the unlikely passes he finds…” For his part, the former coach of the Rouge & Bleu, Alain Giresse (1998), believes that the 35-year-old Argentinian’s good form benefits his two attacking teammates: “So some will find his game less spectacular. Except that on the planet, there are not many who are able to distill the balloons with this accuracy of precision and this unexpectedness. There is one who knows it very well, it is Neymar. And Mbappe will understand it even more! »

The Ile-de-France daily gives news of Presnel Kimpembe. Out on injury at the end of the match against Brest Stadium (1-0), the Tweety from PSG is expected to miss a month with a torn hamstring in his left thigh. He will thus be absent at least until October 11. The Parisian club will soon communicate on the length of unavailability of its central defender. Thus, he will miss the matches against the Maccabi Haifa (September 14), Olympique Lyonnais (18), OGC Nice (October 1) and the Benfica Lisbon (5). A return against Olympique de Marseille (October 16) can be hoped for. In addition, the 2018 World Champion is forfeited for the next gathering of The french team at the end of the month. In a sector where alternative solutions are not legion, Christophe Galtier loses one of its indisputable holders in central defense. Thus, during the absence of the Frenchman, it is Danilo Pereira who should form the defensive trio alongside Sergio Ramos and Marquinhos.

The Parisian also wonders what reception will receive Ashraf Hakimi when moving in Israel Wednesday to face the Maccabi Haifa in Champions League. After showing his support for the Palestinian people, the right side of the PSG received the whistles of the Israeli public during the last two editions of the Champions Trophy organized at Tel Aviv. For his part, the player does not think about it, as he had declared in the mixed zone on the sidelines of the victory against Brest : “Does this work for me? No no. I will be with the team, it is not a problem for me. I’m going to play and then I’m going to go home (laughs). » And for the French journalist based in Israel, Jonathan Serenothe reception against Ashraf Hakimi had done the job: “After twice, the press here echoed it. Many had found the whistles a bit silly. What reception for Wednesday’s match? There will be whistles but against the opposing team in general. But here, politics is never far away. You can’t stop some people from making the connection between politics and sports. »

On his side, The Team evokes the important role that will play Danilo Pereira in future matches. With the absence of Presnel Kimpembe for at least a month, the Portuguese international will be able to take advantage of his versatility to occupy the role of central defender. Thereby, “there is a chance of finding, again, danilo left axial on Wednesday at Haifa in Champions League and/or Sunday for the clash at Lyons. » Faced with the absence of a flagship rookie in this position during the summer transfer window, the 31-year-old Portuguese now occupies the place of number 4 in the hierarchy of central defenders behind Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe and Sergio Ramos. Since the start of the season, the former captain of the FC Porto was tenured three times in this central defender position and also helped out on the left, center and right, “acting as a Swiss army knife for Galtier. » Under contract until 2025, Danilo Pereira also gained the trust of Thomas Tuchel and Mauricio Pochettino thanks to its reliability. In his first two seasons, he took part in 42 matches (2020-2021) and 37 matches (2021-2022). Recruited this summer from RB Leipzig, Nordi Mukiele can also help out in this position of central defender, but he is rather considered by Parisian decision-makers as the understudy ofAshraf Hakimi.

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