After a stellar start to the 2022-23 season, things have started to fall off the rails at Paris Saint-Germain both on and off the pitch.
Before getting into the more salacious news, we kick things off with a discussion of PSG’s 1-1 draw against SL Benfica on matchday four. Mbappé put PSG up 1-0 in the first half via a penalty, but Christophe Galtier’s squad couldn’t hold onto the lead and Benfica equalized in the second half. It was the second draw against Benfica for PSG in the span of a week and questions are starting to be asked of the defense and Gianluigi Donnarumma who appears to be incapable of playing the ball out from the back.
The conversation then turns to Le Classique where PSG will face their rivals without a full squad. Marseille is within striking distance of PSG in the table and will look to embarrass the capital club in the French capital. For PSG, it’s a chance to silence some of their critics and take control of the Ligue 1 title chase. Winning cures all and PSG needs a dominating performance in front of what will be a raucous crowd at the Parc des Princes.
Finally, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Our PSG experts jump head-first into the Mbappé drama. Essentially, hours before PSG’s match against Benfica, several outlets across Europe (The Guardian) reported that Mbappé felt betrayed by PSG’s leadership and that the club sold him promises that weren’t kept. To make matters worse, the reports go on to claim that Mbappé wants to be sold as early as January.
If the reports are true, should PSG sell Mbappé as soon as possible to the highest bidder? Or, will PSG do what they did towards the end of Mbappé’s last contract and refuse to sell him if an offer comes in? Is the drama worth what Mbappé brings to the team on the pitch? Also, what promises did PSG make that Mbappé feels they didn’t deliver?
We don’t have all the answers and the situation will certainly make for a very interesting season that is only made more complicated by a mid-season FIFA World Cup.
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