Kylian Mbappe was the star man for PSG, as the reigning Ligue 1 champions thrashed Dijon 4-0 at the Stade Gaston Gerard on Saturday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG pulled off a sensational performance against the bottom seated Dijon on Saturday at Stade Gaston Gerard in the Gameweek 27 of Ligue 1.
Within just six minutes of the first half, Moise Kean belted the ball back into the net to break the deadlock. Dijon tried their utmost best to keep them away in most parts of the first half but in the 32nd minute, Kylian Mbappe made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after Bersant Celina had handled the ball inside the box.
In the second half, PSG were determined to maintain the pressure on the opposition’ backline. And in the 51st minute, Mbappe’s accurate finish killed the game off, which was excellently served by Rafinha. The fourth and final goal came from the corner, as Danilo Pereira’s bullet header wrapped up the contest for the visitors.
With this crucial victory on Saturday, Paris Saint-Germain are now only one point behind the league leaders Lille. Mauricio Pochettino is well aware of the fact that Les Parisiens will need to maintain this momentum to retain the Ligue 1 title. And here’s how we rated the performances of the PSG stars on the evening at Stade Gaston Gerard.
Keylor Navas: 6.5/10
The former Real Madrid goalkeeper had a convincing game. Was not tested enough but alert when needed to be, making four recoveries and one clearance.
Thilo Kehrer: 7/10
The German defender was driving forward through the right channel with ease. Was accurate with his passing and also won seven out of nine possible duels, helping his team stay on top.
The Brazilian brought solidity to the backline, commanding the defensive unit with all his experience. With a passing success rate of 91 per cent, the Brazilian helped build play from the back fluidly. Did not face many difficulties throughout the ninety minutes.
Presnel Kimpembe: 7.5/10
The No. 3 alongside his centre-back partner, closed down the spaces for the visitors. The Frenchman completed 80 out of 82 passes, while he als made two interceptions and five recoveries, to ensure Dijon did not get a sniff at the PSG goal.
Abdou Diallo: 8/10
Abdou Diallo vs Dijon (A)pic.twitter.com/y1XbJ6GMpC
— PSG Comps (@CompsPSG) February 27, 2021
One of the best players of the game, the 24-year-old seemed to be in full tune, as he was covering both parts of the pitch tirelessly. Won seven out of nine attempted duels, disrupting any kind of threat from the opposition without any worry while also providing an outlet on the overlap.
Ander Herrera: 6.5/10
The Spaniard played a pivotal part in this fixture, and with his presence in the centre of the pitch, Paris Saint-Germain were able to dictate the flow of the game in a purposeful manner. Although on a few occasions, he looked rusty.
Danilo Pereira: 7/10
The Portuguese international along with Herrera constructed the double pivot to strengthen the midfield and held things together effectively. Scored the fourth goal with a bullet header from the corner.
The only PSG player who seemed to be a tad sluggish on the night. The Brazilian was not able to impose himself on the game properly. However, his clever assist to Mbappe killed the game off for the hosts.
Julian Draxler: 8/10
The German attacking midfielder delivered an inspiring performance, as he was pulling the strings in attacking territory. The player won each of his five dribbles, and by winning six duels out of eight, he dominated the contest.
Kylian Mbappe: 8.5/10
🏟️ 31 @PSG_Inside games.
⚽ 22 goals.
— SPORF (@Sporf) February 27, 2021
The PSG sensation was on top of his game, as he rattled the opposition backline with his blistering pace. The Frenchman led the pack with authority, and with 18 goals in this league campaign, he is enjoying another staggering season.
Moise Kean: 7/10
Moise Kean is aware that he needs to make the most of his opportunities if he is to become a significant part of this star-studded PSG squad. And he did just that on Saturday, opening the scoring with an excellent finish from a tight spot.
Moise Kean for PSG so far:
Could be a little less selfish in the final third but he has the potential to become an absolute top-class striker. pic.twitter.com/uHiy2MegIz
— Football Talent Scout – Jacek Kulig (@FTalentScout) February 27, 2021
Pablo Sarabia: 6/10
Came onto the scene in the 72nd minute, and elped his side to get over the line. Tried to add another goal to the tally, but was denied by Anthony Racioppi.
Idrissa Gueye: N/A
Came on for Rafinha in the 82nd minute. But as the game was already dead, he didn’t get any chance to showcase his credibility.
Edouard Michut: N/A
Replaced Danilo Pereira in the dying moments of the game. The debutant got a few minutes to announce his arrival in the senior team. Did not play enough to warrant a rating.