Faithful to his playing philosophy, Will Still did not come as an expiatory victim to the Parc des Princes, far from it. The Reims coach asked his players “to be positive, proactive, we wanted to continue pushing”. And it showed. The first goal was exactly that, with high pressure which paid off. “There were interesting individual performances and a fairly accomplished collective performance,” he summarizes, satisfied with the content during this match. And to add, to the question of whether this PSG was takeable this Sunday (2-2 final score): “Yes… There is a header at the end, one or two strikes… Maybe If we had been a little fairer or calmer on the ball during the moments of transition, there would not have been so much technical waste and we could have won… But we grow, we learn, we move forward. We’re going to remember the positive.” There are many.

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Even if it means talking about Parisian good points on an individual level, we would rather talk about Gonçalo Ramos in front (see elsewhere) and Danilo Pereira, behind. Warren Zaire-Emery, however, was not unworthy, even if we can blame him for too many lost duels, like Tuesday during the victory against Real Sociedad (2-1). One thing is certain: the French international (1 cap, 1 goal), just 18 years old, represents “the present and the future” of Paris Saint-Germain. This is not our assessment, but that of the Collectif Ultras Paris, which also created a flag bearing the image of the native of Montreuil. The rating of Kylian Mbappé, acclaimed when he came into play and even when he left to warm up, is still high. But Zaire-Emery already has a special place in the hearts of supporters, that’s clear. Note that the Parisian titi should appear in Didier Deschamps’ list on Thursday according to TF1.

Rather pleasant to follow without reaching heights in terms of intensity, this PSG-Reims was marked by a stroke of brilliance, a masterful glance. At the end of the first period, Reims defender Emmanuel Agbadou made a candy-shaped opening for Oumar Diakité, breaking two lines and putting the Ivorian international, scorer and passer this Sunday, into orbit. By chance ? Not necessarily. “Work ? Yes, in the sense that this call between the two Parisian exchanges is something that we had identified. It’s good. But he tried to do it a little too often afterwards… We will correct that,” Will Still said after the meeting. Meanwhile, it was a bright pass. Note that Parisian Danilo’s tackle on Diakité at the end of the first period was just as tasty, in another register.

Clearly, Gonçalo Ramos is not the first option in the eyes of Luis Enrique. Recruited for €80 million including bonus last summer, the Portuguese striker ate his black bread. He now manages to have respectable playing time… when his coach rotates, in particular because of the management of the Mbappé case. Playing time that he generally uses to shine. That wasn’t the case in Monaco (0-0), but Ramos did more than the job on Sunday, with one goal, almost two, without mentioning the rest, his taste for effort, deflections… His second period was not at the level of the first. The results remain positive. “It wasn’t easy for him (recently), he doesn’t play often,” notes his compatriot Danilo Pereira. There is a lot of competition in attack… But when he plays, he gives his all. Now, with goals, it allows you to gain confidence.


“It’s sometimes complicated to find the motivation for a championship match just after the C1,” said Luis Enrique before PSG-Reims. And it showed on Sunday… The Spanish coach had nevertheless made a large turnover (6 changes in the 11), but it was not enough. Picked cold on an error by Achraf Hakimi (see below), the Parisians had the merit of raising their voice during the rest of the first half hour. Enough to regain the advantage. We once thought that the people of Rémois could even take a suitcase. The last quarter of an hour of the first period was, however, much more balanced and Reims even equalized, taking advantage of a questionable defensive alignment. After the break, the Champagne rearguard ultimately did not make much contribution. Will Still “tightened his buttocks” at the end of the game, with the entries of Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembélé and Randal Kolo Muani, but Reims held on. Paris could have won but it would have had to put in more, do better, be more… concerned. There is the Coupe de France on Wednesday. This partly explains it.

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It was nap time for Achraf Hakimi. Not as influential as usual in the Basque Country in the Champions League, the Moroccan international started his match with an incredible blunder on Sunday, against Reims. Passive, he is eaten by Oumar Diakité on the action of the first Reims goal. He never stopped trying to make up for it afterwards, often doing a little too much. In the end, Hakimi did not live up to what we have the right to expect from him, that’s clear. Note that it was on one of its corners that PSG equalized, with Yunis Abdelhamid’s own goal.

We told you about the surprise of chef Bradley Barcola before Real Sociedad-PSG. The former Lyonnais chose to make us lie, with a week to forget on an individual level. Little visible in a right winger role in Saint-Sébastien, he who regularly plays on the left in Paris, he was replaced at the break. Starting again but on the left this time, Barcola wandered like a lost soul during the first act against Reims. More aggressive at the start of the second half, he quickly died down and had no success. A day without for the international Espoirs. A week without. This does not call into question his great first season in Paris, obviously, but it is a fact.