The Bizarre Reason Why Mbappe and Co. Failed To Score in PSG’s Ligue 1 Game vs Clermont

The Bizarre Reason Why Mbappe and Co. Failed To Score in PSG’s Ligue 1 Game vs Clermont

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
September 30, 2023 at 7:32 PM
  • PSG were held to a goalless draw by lowly-placed Clermont Foot
  • The Parisians were guilty of missing a lot of opportunities
  • But manager Luis Enrique has attributed a different reason to the disappointing result

Paris Saint-Germain coach Luis Enrique has attributed his team's frustrating draw with Clermont Foot on Saturday, September 30, to the condition of the pitch.

Enrique watched his side disappointingly settle for a draw against the bottom-placed team as they continued their sluggish start to the season.

Luis Enrique, PSG, Clermont Foot, Ligue 1, Kylian Mbappe, Randal Kolo Muani, Ousmane Dembele
Paris Saint-Germain suffered yet another setback in their quest to defend their Ligue 1 crown. Photo credit: @brfootball
Source: Twitter

While the defending French champions will take responsibility for their wastefulness in front of goal, Clermont can take pride in keeping a triple threat of Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, and Randal Kolo Muani at bay.

Enrique blames poor pitch

However, former Barcelona manager Enrique believes there's more to the result than meets the eye, suggesting that the Stade Gabriel Montpied pitch worked against his team.

“The ball looked more like a rabbit jumping," he said as quoted by PSG Hub.
"The state of the pitch was very bad.”

The 53-year-old trainer will be eager for better conditions at St. James' Park as PSG heads to Tyneside for their second group game in the UEFA Champions League.

PSG's training centre affecting performance

Meanwhile, Sports Brief also reported that the Parisian club is encountering a substantial challenge with their new training facility.

According to media reports, the Poissy area where the training facility is located experiences consistently strong winds that have posed difficulties for Luis Enrique's team in completing their training routines.

The report suggests that, at times, the wind can be so gusty that both players and coaching staff struggle to move against it, often leading them to end their training sessions prematurely.

PSG share the spoils with Clermont

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Paris Saint-Germain played to a 0-0 draw on the road against struggling Ligue 1 side Clermont on Saturday.

PSG coach Luis Enrique included Kylian Mbappe in the starting lineup despite the French superstar being a doubt due to injury during the week. However, Mbappe had a frustrating afternoon against in-form Clermont goalkeeper Mory Diaw and received a yellow card for diving late in the game.

PSG has only managed to win three of their first seven league matches and currently sits provisionally in second place in the table, trailing surprise leaders Brest by just one point.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.
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