OM vs PSG Grades: Forwards
9 - Mbappe: Game changer. As simple as that. Had Kylian Mbappe played against OM in the Coupe de France, then PSG would be playing this midweek instead of Marseille in the last-8 round of the tourney. Such is Mbappe's impact, and it was already shown in both the games against Bayern (where he appeared only partly into the second half) and Lille (fostering the come-from-behind win). The kid is one of the fastest men on Earth, let alone on a football pitch, let alone against slow defenders trying to man-mark him. Unstoppable, pinpoint-accurate, only missed a clear chance that would have put a golden brochure to an already historic night in which he tied Edinson Cavani's 200th-goals record at PSG.
8 - Messi: I have been saying it for a while and I would keep repeating it. The current version of Lionel Messi is not made for anything else than offering a few bright, magical touches here and there through games. He's just not there physically/mentally anymore. So what's the solution for that? Using him a little bit deeper down the field so he can get more time in possession of the ball and be dangerous for larger periods/more moments through matches. He led the line with Mbappe on PSG's formation yesterday but he dropped much more and that helped in PSG's buildup. Of course, the plan devised by OM was atrocious and played in his favor, though, which helped him put on a show because of Igor Tudor's incompetence.
Messi scored his 700th goal at a club level and his first in a Classique against OM. Not the worst game to put up such a cherry on top of a glamorous career that he will cap by winning the FIFA The Best Award on the evening of Monday, Feb. 27.