On Wednesday in Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Lionel Messi had difficulty performing against Nice. Mauricio Pochettino’s side was mainly uninspiring as they drew 0-0 with Nice, who are currently in the fourth position.
Lionel Messi hugged the Parc des Princes with the honour before kick-off, having won a record-extending seventh Ballon d’Or on Monday. After being named in the starting lineup ahead of Keylor Navas, Gianluigi Donnarumma also displayed the Yachine Trophy.
During the game, the hosts had the majority of possession. The incident proved extremely difficult for him and the other PSG stars despite Lionel Messi’s recent hints of resuming his best form.
PSG only managed to keep five of their 22 attempts on target. Kylian Mbappe was incredibly wasteful, and Lionel Messi could not turn the tide on his own, as he usually does.
On a different night, the visitors might have even come away with a win. Just after the hour mark, Kasper Dolberg squandered an excellent chance to put Nice ahead, handing Lionel Messi’s PSG a significant let-off.
After Donnarumma failed to intercept a cross, the Danish attacker had an empty goal to head into. Surprisingly, Dolberg struck the woodwork from close range, keeping the ball out of harm’s way.
Fortunately for Nice and Dolberg, PSG was unable to penalise them for squandering such a golden chance.
The ensemble cast at the Parc des Princes’ credentials was further harmed by the rainy evening in Paris, compounded by PSG’s dismal performance. Lionel Messi is one of them.
Despite assembling one of the most vital groups on paper, PSG has not been able to seem convincing as a collective entity. Despite their 11-point lead at the top of the Ligue 1 standings, it isn’t easy to attribute it to a team effort. Individual brilliance has bailed them out on numerous occasions throughout games.
The match against Nice served as a wake-up call for PSG, who must improve to lift the Champions League trophy.
PSG’s Lionel Messi, who has a goal and three assists in his past four league games, would be frustrated after failing to win all four games.