For his first time in charge of AS Monaco, Mohamed Camara, 22, was excellent at the Parc des Princes to help his team get a point back on the Côte d’Azur. Aurélien Tchouaméni’s successor, in a different register from the neo-Madrilenian, also sent Christophe Galtier’s PSG to their midfield limits in a meeting where the intensity and impact were there.
By Clément Gavard, at the Parc des Princes
Monegasque fans may be faced with mixed feelings after the appropriate draw brought from the Parc des Princes (1-1). Facing Paris, AS Monaco showed the face expected this season, that of a team capable of competing with the Parisian ogre in a meeting and set to settle on the podium next May. Credit goes to the impeccable preparation of Philippe Clement, a week after the defeat against Lens in Louis-II. A change that is also explained by the presence of a man, Mohamed Camara, landed on August 14 in the Côte d’Azur from RB Salzburg against a check of 15 million euros, and holds for the first time in ASM against the defending champion. The Malian did not hide, he shone, letting go of the disappointment of not seeing him join Bato earlier in the summer, which might have changed the story of the double confrontation against PSV in the third preliminary round of the Champions League. It is now important to turn the page, without spilling the fiction, to be satisfied with finding the replacement of Aurélien Tchouaméni who, in a register other than neo-Madrilenian, was able to highlight the first limitations of PSG in the midfield that ten. days before the return of C1, with the reception of Juventus, the next home match for the Parisians.
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Statistics do not tell everything about a player’s performance, Camara’s may seem different at the end of the game against Paris: 44 balls hit, 87% of successful passes, 50% of duels won , seven balls caught, two passes breaking a line, an interception and a decisive tackle in the Monegasque opener. Beyond the numbers, the one we always compare to N’Golo Kanté seems to be everywhere on the pitch in the first period, extinguishing the duo Marco Verratti-Renato Sanches, and dictating the tempo of a team that is perfectly trained in tactics. “We were a little shaky at the start of the gameconfirmed the Italian international on Prime’s microphone at the end of the game. If we don’t win duels, it will give action to the opponent. » This was the case of Camara’s well-felt intervention in front of Lionel Messi near the center circle, before the 22-year-old Malian could launch Kevin Volland just in time. In almost 125 minutes of play (45 against Monaco last week and 75 this Sunday night), the midfielder almost proved that Monaco were not wrong to bet on him to succeed Tchouaméni. “It’s not easy because he’s only been here for two or three weeks and he hasn’t played a single minute during the preparation. He is not the best physically at the moment, but he shows the qualities we are looking for.explained Philippe Clement in a press conference. It will not be easy to replace Tchouaméni, who has the same style of play. He also makes a good duo with Youssouf (Fofana), this is very important. The midfielder is the engine of a team. »
This could be a message sent to Christophe Galtier, who has his first hitch as Paris Saint-Germain coach. In a club where the attacking stars (Neymar, Messi, Mbappé) take center stage and concentrate most of the criticism, it is not always easy to remember that the heart of the game is not in the last twenty yards. Without Vitinha, suspended, PSG showed their first limitations in this 3-4-2-1 system against a stronger midfielder than Clermont, Montpellier and Lille, and in a meeting where the opponent exerts a real force and an intelligent pressure. In this configuration, the partnership between Verratti and Sanches does not work, both players lack the time, spaces and impact to dominate the midfield. The Italian, who was still very nervous about the referee, also often went down in the centers at the restart, thus taking away his place on the ground and leaving the visitors the luxury of staying in the area. “Monaco came to prevent our first outings on the ball and were very present at an athletic level to win balls.confirmed Galtier in the auditorium of the Parc des Princes. This is the first team to impose such a physical and tactical challenge on us. » There are a few days of the transfer window left for the leaders of Paris to rack their brains and decide if this team needs another profile in this sector of the game. to hear about the end of time.
By Clément Gavard, at the Parc des Princes
The comments collected in a press conference by CG