No Neymar? No Mbappe? No problem as PSG cruised to a 3-0 victory over Zidane's Real Madrid.
PSG was rampant while Real Madrid looked disjointed as old boy Angel Di Maria scored twice to haunt his old club and condemn them to an embarrassing defeat at the Parc Des Princes.
Thomas Tuchel’s PSG created chance after chance as Madrid's midfield faded into oblivion. Even without a host of superstars, i.e. Neymar, Mbappé, Edinson Cavani and Julian Draxler, PSG still proved to be too much for an ailing Real Madrid team. The pain on Zinedine Zidane's face was palpable as he witnessed goal after goal being thumped into the Madrid goal.
Ex-galactico Angel Di Maria scored in the 14th and 33rd minute, while Thomas Meunier added the cherry on the cake with a third goal in injury time of the second half. Madrid fans will perhaps not be as concerned about the scoreline as compared to the way their team played or attempted to play. They were simply torn apart in midfield and looked second best throughout the encounter.
There was no coherent attack and that's actually a very harsh comment given the fact their attack consisted of Bale, Hazard and Benzema. When chances did come their way, none of them could convert and that probably speaks volumes given the players that the club had invested in during the transfer window. Eden Hazard arrived to much fanfare but has yet to gel with his team mates and it shows on the pitch.
Luka Jovic has been reduced to a bit part player that comes off the bench when things are not going well, a far cry from when he was banging in goals for fun for Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.
“They’re good at creating chances, that’s not what worries me. What worries me is that lack of intensity,” Zidane said after Real suffered their first defeat of the season.
Zidane has endured a tough ride since he has been back; pre-season was a nightmare in itself with the Gareth Bale saga and it doesn't seem to be getting easier for him. I may be jumping the gun a little here but if Zidane doesn't get his act together soon, a certain Jose Mourinho will be happy to take the job off him. Remember, you read it here first.
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Gary Yang is a myActiveSG Editor and Presenter. Gary started his career as a suit cum copywriter at an advertising agency, followed by a successful stint in Corporate Communications with Singapore Press Holdings and Asia Pacific Breweries, before eventually joining the editorial team at Sport Singapore. He now turns his attention to fitness and wellness headlines and sniffing out news angles in the sporting arena.