The Rosario star Lionel Messi put first in his new adventure, the one for which he reached the Paris Saint Germain in his brand new hiring, but the movie was not as it was in the previous one. There were no pochoclos or goals to fill up on football against the dreamed offensive trident of the Argentine with Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. PSG offered little in its premiere in the new Champions League season against Bruges of Belgium, who cheered up and snatched a 1-1 to the team led by Argentine Mauricio Pochettino, who was the most favored with the tie after a poor performance.
PSG, goal and little else
The goal that allowed the French team to get loose, in the middle of a game in which all the eyes of the football world are on, came before 15 minutes. Precisely the play that followed a good connection between Messi and Leandro Paredes, the two Argentines that Pochettino chose as starters to face the Belgian cast.
In the subsequent maneuver, the one who took the initiative of the Parisian attack was another of the jewels of the offensive trident. Mbappé, on the left, advanced by pure deception by that band until releasing a center to the area, just at the moment in which the Spanish Ander Herrera detached himself from the midfield to make it 1-0.
After the 1-0 of the group led by Pochettino, they followed one another two Messi interventions before Brugge took the lead, by dint of a pressure as precise as collective, to make Costa Rican Keylor Navas the most decisive player in the game at Jan Breydelstadion. The first was a dangerous cross between the Argentine and Mbappé, in a maneuver that Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet put an end to by rejecting the Frenchman’s definition.
The second came after the tie. Neymar activated the advance towards the goal and delivered for the Rosario, who from the goal of the area took a powerful shot that crashed into the crossbar. The noise of the ball hitting the metal was reverberating with the echo of what was the last dangerous play of the first half of the mighty PSG, who in his first 45 minutes of Champions delivered a lackluster collective game and not too much more, with the exception of some individuality of Messi or Mbappé, or of some connection between both.
Witches on the attack
Beyond some individual offensive incursion, the game of the Parisian cast surprised in Belgium by showing disjointed and slow. On the other hand, those who lit up before the passivity of Pochettino’s team were the locals. The first half allowed them just a draw, but halftime found PSG wanting a pause to recalculate and remove the risk of Navas’ goal. Equality came in the 27th minute, with the shout of Hans Vanaken after a perfect and fast triangulation by the left wing of the Belgian attack.
The statistic that – late in the second half – indicated that Bruges had been the real protagonist of the attacks in Belgium (with 12 against only five from PSG), the final stretch of the match was balanced a little. Even though the poor performance of Pochettino’s team, the surprising role of the locals and the figure of Navas as a metaphor for a star power that did not work. The Rosario was close to overtaking his team, but what was disconnected from PSG was repeated facing the goal, in offenses that were truncated, isolated and that They did not do justice to the enthusiasm of seeing all the stars together of the French cast gathered in the Champions League for the premiere of Messi.
The Champions League day was completed with Liverpool’s 3-2 triumph over Milan, Real Madrid’s 1-0 over Inter and Atlético de Madrid’s goalless draw against Porto. They also beat Borussia Dortmund (2-1 at Besiktas in Turkey), Ajax (5-1 over Sporting Lisboa) and Sheriff (2-0 at Shakhtar). In the background of the opaque presentation of PSG appeared the win by Manchester City, who beat Leipzig 6-3 in their debut before facing Pochettino’s team on the next date. Messi and company should now think about the formation of Pep Guardiola, the rival that comes in the toughest competition faced by the stellar Parisian team, the one who received the Rosario star wonderfully but who did not accompany him until his dream debut in the Champions League.
Group E: Barcelona 0 – Bayern Munich 3 and Dynamo Kiev 0 – Benfica 0.
Group F: Young Boys 2 – Manchester United 1 y Villarreal 2 – Atalanta 2.
Group G: Seville 1 – Salzburg 1 and Lille 0 – Wolfsburg 0.
Group H: Malmo 0 – Juventus 3 y Chelsea 3 – Zenit 0.
Group A: Bruges 1 – PSG 1 and Manchester City 6 – Leipzing 3.
B Group: Liverpool 3 – Milan 3 and Atlético de Madrid 0 – Porto 0.
Group C: Besiktas 1- Borussia Dortmund 2 y Ajax 5 – Sporting Lisboa 1.
Group D: Sheriff 2 -Shakhtar 0 e Inter 0 – Real Madrid 1.