Ball possession, a key point for RC Lens on their visit to PSG

For Jonathan Gradit, RC Lens center-back, one of the most important points to consider for his match against PSG on the occasion of Ligue 1 MD3, is ball possession.
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This Saturday, August 26, RC Lens will visit PSG at the Parc des Princes, on the occasion of Ligue 1 MD3. A match between the last champion of France and its runner-up. Jonathan Gradit, central defender of the northern club, spoke about this game at a press conference this Thursday afternoon.

Both PSG and RC Lens are looking for their first victory in the 2023-2024 edition of the French championship. The Parisians accumulated two points in two games, while the Sangs et Ors have only one unit. Therefore, this confrontation will be an opportunity to give the first victory to one of the two fanbases.

Paris is obviously the favorite as a local and with the probable alignment of Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele as starters. But what really makes Jonathan Gradit fearful is PSG's ability to keep the ball. This will be, in his eyes, a very important point in this confrontation.

"It is a very effective formation in the defensive phase and effective in recovering the ball," he judged at a press conference. "They obtained almost 80% possession in the first two games of the championship. We will have to try to hold the ball a little longer."

Obviously, the lack of goals in PSG's first two league games put Luis Enrique's system into question. However, among the positive points of these analyses, ball possession, mobility to destabilize the rival, and pressure after losing the ball stand out. We will see if these virtues, against Lens, are combined with a good offensive depth that allows the Parisians to certify their first victory of the season.

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