After the frustration of being quickly eliminated from the Champions League (Real Madrid’s historic comeback in the round of 16), Paris Saint Germain is on its way to recovering the Ligue 1 title . In the absence of eight dates for the closing of the competition, it could take an advantage of -minimum- 12 points over its main pursuer, which is Jorge Sampaoli’s Olympique de Marseille (hosts Montpellier on Sunday) and, consequently, it would be Lionel Messi ‘s first conquest on French soil.
Although he still does not have the goalscoring figures to which he had accustomed us in Spain (he scored three goals in 19 games), the Argentine has accumulated 12 assists in the tournament. And this Saturday, as a visitor, in the 6-1 win against Clermont he gave three goal passes : one for a left-footed shot from Neymar and two (a first-class) to Kylian Mbappé.
At 34 years old, Messi is constantly converting himself on the pitch. In fact, he spends more and more time in the gestation zone and not so much in the final meters to solve the plays. He generates the danger and his companions are in charge of making it happen. And this became even more evident since his arrival in the French capital, where he understood perfectly with the French star. Beyond the fact that they have been playing together for less than a year, both understand when to move, when to assist each other and, also, how to find the other without a mark and in front of the goal. So much so that he was shown with the subtle and effective assistance in the second goal against Clermont. Later, the man from Rosario dressed as an assistant again and repeated the formula: pass to the French winger, who sent the ball to save.
In addition, Leo had converted his header, but the linesman deprived him of the chance to shout the goal, given that Mbappé was ahead in the previous play. Minutes later, he headed down the right in search of revenge and had a shot that went very close to the upper right corner of the local goalkeeper.
ON THE PODIUM
Messi is on the podium of the players with the most assists so far in the 2021/2022 season if only the five major leagues in Europe are taken into account (Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Bundesliga and Ligue 1) . Only Thomas Müller, with 16, and Mbappé, with 13, surpass him in this record.