Lionel Messi is only the shadow of himself in Ligue 1 under the colors of PSG. The numbers are overwhelming.
Certainly, Lionel Messi has scored three times already for Paris, in three Champions League matches. Including a superb and important goal against Manchester City September 28th. Yes but here it is, beyond this competition where his Parisian statistics are flattering to say the least, the Argentinian has been unrecognizable since his arrival in the PSG. So much so that his performance in Ligue 1 is worrying.
On the Classic at MarseilleSunday night (0-0), La Pulga was simply insignificant on the field, except for two chances obtained in the first period: a head slammed by Pau Lopez and a curled shot sent from just outside the frame. Not once has his bullet transmissions resulted in a hitting or second hand opportunity for his partners. A constant in his Parisian debut since the person is still chasing his first goal and his first assist in Red and Blue.
Much less balls played than in Barça
On all of his four appearances in the French championship so far, Leo Messi has scarcely compiled more than four shots and a dangerous situation, as well as four centers despite an eccentric position which is sometimes imposed on him and which he clearly struggles. to accommodate. Opta indicating the rest that the former Barcelona is the L1 striker who posts the highest rate of expected goals without having hit the mark (1.8xG).
For comparison, Le Parisien recalls that the leader of the Albiceleste last season with Barça had already accumulated four goals and two assists after 11 La Liga matches. And that a silent Messi at this stage of a league had not been seen since 2005 – his first true year in the blaugrana. This certainly explains this, Lionel Messi on average touches about thirty balls less than at Barça in each match (around 70 against a hundred).