With complications in scoring in the first two matchdays of Ligue 1, PSG finally got a victory this Saturday in front of their fans, vs. RC Lens. A promising performance, in particular, linked to the performances of Kylian Mbappe, who scored twice, and Ousmane Dembele, both starting for the first time this season.
Kylian Mbappe's first match at the Parc des Princes this season and his first brace. Disappointed by the team's results against Lorient (0-0), and then in Toulouse (1-1), the Parisian fans calmed down this Saturday night against Lens (3-1). The first victory of the season is linked in particular to the good performances of Mbappe and his friend Ousmane Dembele, together for the first time at the helm of PSG's attack.
Ousmane Dembele, pure dribbling and complicity with Mbappe
As in the French National Team, Dembele started on the right wing, and Mbappe on the opposite side, having great freedom in his placement. Warmly applauded by the Parisian public during the presentation of the teams, the two Frenchmen were the main drivers of PSG's offensive progress. From the 5th minute of play, Mbappe provided the long-awaited offensive depth to the Parisians. Speed and dribbling ability shared by Dembele, also omnipresent against Lens.
The former Barcelona player, however, started the match being overwhelmed by Medina (16') and then by Machado (22'). A welcome gift to Ligue 1 that did not stop the Evreux native from putting Mbappe ahead twice in the opponent's box (30', 32'). Finally, it was the third contribution of the Parisian striker that would open the scoring. Until then little visible in his position of "false 9", Marco Asensio was rewarded for his efforts, finding the net with a curved shot (1-0, 44 ').
Kylian Mbappe and his first brace of the season
Although Luis Enrique wanted to praise the entire team in front of the press, Mbappe was one of the key men in the second half. In all the good plays, the 24-year-old striker combined with Lucas Hernandez before first concluding the delivery of his teammate in the National Team (2-0, 52'). A goal full of control and composure. His brace would escape him a few minutes later on a great pass from Vitinha. But the Bondy native was only putting off the inevitable; a shot deflected by a defender (3-0, 90'), a few minutes before Lens closed the gap (90+5').
Particularly pleased to have seen his team "have so many opportunities against such an opponent", Luis Enrique now has a coherent and very promising offensive line. "With Dembele and Mbappe, in addition to Asensio, you have serious reinforcements in terms of technical precision, speed, depth, and percussion," lamented RC Lens coach Franck Haise.
And again, with a little more success, Dembele could also have scored for the first time with the Parisian shirt. When he left, in the 80th minute, the Parc des Princes applauded one of the players who especially moved this Saturday night.