3 Talking Points from another PSG collapse ending in a 4-2 win against Nantes
1. Kylian Mbappe hurt PSG while hunting for his goalscoring record
It was clear from the kick-off that Mbappe had one and only thing in mind: scoring his 201st goal wearing the jersey of Paris Saint-Germain. And of course, he did it becoming PSG's all-time top goalscorer.
Was that good for PSG, though? It's fair to say it was not. Not entirely, at least. The game allowed for a do-what-you-wish sort of game by Mbappe, Lionel Messi, and whoever wanted to have fun at the Parc des Princes on Saturday evening.
But there were times when Mbappe was enjoying so much of that freedom that he was actually kinda lost at places where his teammates didn't clearly expect him to pop up--or rather, disappear from.
Mbappe started atop the formation, drifting to the left as is often the case as that's the inside-forward role he likes and enjoys playing the most. The problem is that once he vacates the wing and moves to the center of the pitch, and unless Nuno Mendes spent all day long sitting on a makeshift-winger position, there is a huge gap and no depth at all there.
At times, Messi dropped to the middle of the park, Mbappe drifted to the central axis, Vitinha was inevitably forced higher up the pitch to cover for Messi's leaving his natural no. 10 position and false-nine role, and it was all a true mess.
When speaking about a top-tier team such as Paris, let alone facing a minnow in Nantes, that is never going to turn into deep trouble. Against better teams that know how to defend and stay organized (read: Bayern Munich), though, things might be different.