No Neymar, no Mbappé or Cavani? No problem! In the absence of the "MCN", Angel di Maria, with a doubled, took the Paris SG to a prestigious success against Real Madrid (3-0) in the Champions League.
It would almost have its place alongside Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe that the ultras represented in their pre-match tifo, a nod to the most emblematic sites of the capital. , so much has his performance been monumental.
Once again, the Argentinian has illuminated Paris, through his dribbling, his energy in defense, and especially his efficiency, which makes him the current top scorer of the club, with five goals in seven games.
The least-publicized member of the Parisian offensive line, he is the most constant of Paris strikers - rarely injured, not bothered by suspensions, the "Fideo" recalled that it was essential for the club that dreams of going far in this C1.
Exactly, with the Real, he had been a great craftsman of the coronation of 2014, being named better player of the final. Five years and many disappointments later, he showed the way to follow his teammates against his former club, during the match that really launches PSG season.
In the absence of Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappé, injured, he donned the scorer's suit, victoriously taking over a center from Juan Bernat on his first opportunity (14). With a shot of 20 meters unstoppable for Thibaut Courtois (33), he then killed the match. He is not far from the triplet (61).
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Like Cavani, the Argentinian also increased his efforts in defense, even throwing himself like a death of hunger to squeeze the Belgian goalkeeper (45). He embodied the "spirit" (spirit) as desired by his coach Thomas Tuchel, who asked Tuesday "courage" to his players.
Di Maria also made Neymar, who watched from his box the first of his two suspension matches. A small bridge on Gareth Bale, caviars for his teammates ... the Argentine did not hesitate to leave his right lane to orchestrate, in the axis, the Paris game.
What mastery! The Parc des Princes knows very well the music of the former Red Devil who celebrates each goal of a heart with his fingers: the Argentinian has already successfully played the score of the luxury firefighter. Last season, Marseille, which he had stunned a superb double while "Ney" and "Edi" were absent, had tasted the leg of "Fideo" (the "Spaghetti").
His last double in the Champions League goes back to another magical night for the Parisians, in the 8th final against Barcelona (4-0) in February 2017. But this match was followed by the tragic "remontada" (6-1 ) which continues to haunt the fans.
The PSG version 2019/20 players to show that the performance of Di Maria is not a feat without a future.
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