Despite starting Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe, PSG deliver terrible statistics in their loss to Rennes.
On Sunday, PSG suffered their first defeat of the season in humiliating fashion.
PSG had a poor showing in their 2-0 loss to Rennes on Sunday, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side unable to register a single attempt on target. PSG’s first loss of the season came despite Pochettino fielding a full-strength lineup that included Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe.
Gaetan Laborde broke the deadlock just before halftime, and Flavien Tait doubled the hosts’ advantage in the first minute of the second half.
Mbappe thought he had cut the lead in half, but VAR ruled the goal out for offside.
Prior to the start of the season, PSG enjoyed a perfect record in Ligue 1, winning all eight of their first eight games.
The Parisiens are still six points ahead of Lens at the top of the table thanks to that record, but the lack of attacking quality was shocking to behold.
PSG had 13 shots, one more than Rennes, but none of them were on target, with 10 going for a goal kick and three being blocked.
As Pochettino’s all-star offense failed, Messi took five goals, Mbappe four, Angel di Maria two, and Neymar one.
Since Opta began collecting data in the 2006/07 season, the 13-effort total was the greatest in a single Ligue 1 game without registering a single shot on target.
Pochettino highlighted his displeasure with his players’ wastefulness in front of goal after the game.
He said to reporters, “We’re disappointed since we performed admirably for the first 25 to 30 minutes.
“We were unable to capitalize on the opportunities we provided. We are dissatisfied, but we must keep working. You must maintain a good attitude and continue to work.
“We struggled emotionally after losing the goal on Rennes’ first chance of the second half, and they seemed to believe in their luck even more. It was difficult back then.” After missing out on the Ligue 1 and Champions League crowns last season, Pochettino is under pressure to deliver at PSG this season.
Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Gini Wijnaldum, and Achraf Hakimi all joined the French giants during the summer transfer window.
PSG has had a shaky start to their Champions League campaign this season, with the club growing increasingly desperate to capture their first European title.
Pochettino was in charge of identical concerns in the first half. “Brinkwire News Summary.”