PSG notes against Montpellier: Messi delights, Fabian Ruiz reveals himself
The Argentine set the pace for the match against MHSC, helped by the Spaniard who brought many solutions.
Gianluigi Donnarumma 5/10
On a quiet evening as rarely since the shooting, he was able to remain vigilant on a two-stage vigilant strike. However, nothing on Nordin’s sudden blow but calm on Savanier’s recovery (90°+4).
Ashraf Hakimi 7/10
The Moroccan team has legs of fire and used them to make their defensive returns impeccable but also to bring their offensive echo while PSG lacked weight up front. He first scored an exceptional goal rejected by Fabian Ruiz for an offside position at the start (52nd), before being the origin of the first Paris goal scored by the Spaniard (55th) and placing a dangerous shot (88th). Also note some overflows as we rarely see.
Despite the lack of offensive initiative on the part of the MHSC, the captain brought a lot of seriousness and serenity to his every intervention and positioning. His return to Mavididi (75th) is precious. With the exception of an English overflow (71st), he has never been in trouble.
Sergio Ramos not rated/10
The Spanish defender gets the penalty missed by Mbappé. Present at the duel, he was called by Kouyaté (30th) and had to leave the place, after experiencing dizziness and pain in the left adductor, in Renato Sanches (6), 32°). The Portuguese has shown some good streaks that suggest a return to form. He is behind the double (72nd) and serves Messi perfectly deep (86th).
Nuno Mendes 5/10
For his first L1 game since his injury at the World Cup, the Portuguese was in reserve. Some acceleration but above all a lot of defensive vigilance. He’s slowly coming back but he’s still not the best version of him. Replaced by Bernat (70th) who showed the sufficiency on the door of Montpellier.
Carlo Soler 4/10
His investment is not in question. The Spanish is the second most popular Parisian but in the construction of the game he brings little and lacks reliability. So many technical wastes that slowed down his team.
Danilo Pereira 6/10
He started in a defensive midfield position in front of the defense before taking over for Ramos in the mainstay. Regardless of his position on the pitch, the Portuguese is still reliable.
Fabian Ruiz 7/10
This is the Fabian Ruiz we wanted to see. No more lateral overtaking, the Spaniard has found a lot of verticality in his transmissions and in his racing. This PSG needs a midfielder who enters the area, combines and he demonstrated it both on the occasion of the first goal with the new colors and in the greedy opening for Messi.
Slammed between multiple positions in midfield, the Portuguese seems to have no points of reference. Against MHSC it was interesting to hinder the first recovery but sometimes he made some technical mistakes. It’s not easy to even place yourself when Messi regularly returns to his area. Replaced by Warren Zaire-Emery (70th) who erased his small mistake against Reims by creating a great occasion (76th) then becoming the youngest goalscorer in PSG history (90th + 1).
Lionel Messi 7/10
Struck by his pride after his lackluster display against Reims, the Argentinian celebrated. At the start or at the end, he was a constant poison dictating the pace of the match and bringing variety to the Parisian offensive scheme. In the second half, his partnership with Fabian Ruiz ignited, like his subtle goal (72nd). Run over, we have regularly seen him try to recover balls.
Kylian Mbappe not rated /10
Of the French attacker’s evening we will obviously remember this penalty to be collected, who missed twice (8th and 10th) but above all this exit due to injury, visibly hit in the right thigh. Replaced by Ekitike (6, 22) who initially struggled to integrate into his team’s game before gaining momentum. Combative match with his back to goal, good calls (not always well served) and an opening assist from Ruiz (55th).