Aren’t you happy? Triple. Criticized after his failed match Tuesday on the pitch of AC Milan (1-2), Tuesday in the Champions League, the French striker hit hard this afternoon. Author of a hat-trick against Stade de Reims (3-0), including a magnificent recovery to open the score, the Parisian number 7 struck very hard on almost every occasion, relieving a PSG jostled by the enthusiasm of Reims. A constant threat to the opposing defense, he was clinical in front of goal to bring his total to 13 goals in 11 days of the championship. And he could even have scored a quadruplet, or even a quintuplet at the end of the match once the Champenois surrendered. Focused and very inspired, Mbappé took care of everything to propel PSG to the top of Ligue 1.
Marshall Munetsi, Junya Ito and others risk giving the Parisian goalkeeper nightmares. Already very good in Milan in a hostile context, the Italian international produced an XXL performance on his line by multiplying the spectacular saves. Imperial against Amir Richardson in the first period, he disgusted Munetsi (twice) and Emmanuel Agbadou in the second, keeping the PSG ship afloat. Obviously after this success, Mbappé's name will emerge first but there is no question of forgetting the impact of Donnarumma on the scenario of the meeting. He magnetized all the balls and Will Still is probably still wondering how his team didn't shake the nets this evening.
If the Champenois leave with a 0-3 in their bag, they have nothing to be ashamed of their collective performance. Rarely have PSG been so shaken up this season on the national scene. Like the Japanese Junya Ito, tireless and confusing on his right side, the Rémois have long stifled the Parisians with pressing, movement and projection in the area. Only problem, and this matters in football, they were unable to make their highlight come true by beating the Donnarumma wall. But with this face, Will Still's players showed that their 4th place in the standings was anything but a surprise.
Released at the break by Luis Enrique, replaced by Vitinha, the Portuguese striker did not exist in the first period. In the absence of suspended Randal Kolo Muani, the former Benfica player had a good opportunity to make an impression. It missed. Very little found by his partners, he logically paid for the tactical change of his trainer. He had only one opportunity to get his teeth into it but he missed his recovery on a serve from Mbappé. Too poor a record for a new number of this standing.
The Zimbabwean midfielder, accustomed to projecting himself into the zone of truth, obtained the best opportunities on the Reims side. But he lacked precision and success, it must be said, falling on the talent of Donnarumma. With more efficiency and calm in front of goal, the Rémois would have improved the enormous work of Ito and changed the scenario of this game. Too bad for the Champenois, full of good will to Delaune.
The two Belgian pistons of the 3-5-2 Reims experienced difficulties in their lane. Little in sight offensively, they suffered the speed of Mbappé and Dembélé behind their backs, leaving their centrals Emmanuel Agbadou and Yunis Abdelhamid to catch up. At the heart of their team's highlights, they remained too borrowed until leaving for the benefit of Reda Khadra and Josh Wilson-Esbrand, more focused forward.