Player ratings from a Kylian Mbappe masterclass
Paris-Saint Germain consolidated their place at the top of Ligue 1 with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Montpellier ten at the Parc des Princes on Friday night.
A difficult task was made even more difficult for the visitors after goalkeeper Jonas Omlin received his marching orders with just 18 minutes on the clock. The shooting pitcher rushed to meet Kylian Mbappe and inadvertently sent the Frenchman down, the referee changing his original yellow card to red after a VAR check.
The home team took the lead just after half an hour, as Mbappe passed before producing a sumptuous dink on the hurried Dimitry Bertaud.
Having managed to limit PSG to just one goal in the opening hour, Montpellier was shattered as the league leaders blew them away in four minutes of the second half. First, Neymar effectively ended the match as a contest with a single tap, before Mauro Icardi’s resounding result went 3-0 and Mbappe’s second of the match ended the rout a minute later.
With the game highlights out of the way, let’s get to the fun part, okay? Ranking time for PSG players …
Keylor Navas (GK) – 6/10 – Removed at half-time after receiving a blow in the first half. The injury was most likely due to the cold weather having barely needed to move a muscle for 45 minutes.
Alessandro Florenzi (RB) – 7/10 – Dominant display on the right of PSG. A constant outlet and did not neglect his defensive duties.
Abdou Diallo (CB) – 7/10 – Caused very few problems by the Montpellier front line. Distributed the ball well in midfield and had a comfortable evening.
Marquinhos (CB) – 6/10 – I tried to move forward as much as possible, but its distribution was sometimes deemed insufficient. Like his center-back colleague, the visitors asked very few questions.
Layvin Kurzawa (LB) – 8/10 – A very successful display full of racing, energy and effort.
Leandro Paredes (CM) – 7/10 – Could well have played the game from his chair. Hardly put a foot wrong and turn things around in midfield. Far from its most trying performance but still class.
Marco Verratti (CM) – 7/10 – Absolutely dominated the midfielder alongside Leandro Paredes. Drift past opposition with ease and isn’t afraid to stick his foot where it’s needed.
Neymar (AM) – 8/10 – Responsible for sitting right next to the front line and was absolutely brilliant. Constantly appearing in pockets of space and feeding the balls forward. Capped off a wonderful performance with a purpose.
Angel Di Maria (RW) – 7/10 – A little eclipsed by his fellow attackers but continued to fight on the right of PSG. Won’t make the headlines but will still be a good display.
Mauro Icardi (ST) – 8/10 – Could have – and maybe should have – had more than one goal, but in all fairness he led the line well and took his goal superbly.
Kylian Mbappe (LW) – 9/10 – Without a doubt the man of the match. His pace caused trouble for the visitors from the first whistle and eventually settled the game by pulling Omlin into a challenge to get him sent off, then ran to open the scoring.
Sergio Rico (GK) – 6/10
Thilo Kehrer (RB) – 6/10
Mitchel Bakker (LB) – 6/10
Danilo Pereira (CM) – 5/10
Pablo Sarabia (RW) – N / A