PSG 4-2 Nantes: Individual Grades of the Paris Saint-Germain players

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PSG vs Nantes - Grades: Defenders

6 - Marquinhos: I could copy-paste this blurb and Sergio Ramos and no one would notice if they only read one of the two. None of Marquinhos or Ramos were put in real danger by the Nantes offense on Saturday, so it's not that they had the chance to raise their grade a lot. Marquinhos, playing on a higher-demand role, could be graded 6.5 over Ramos' 6 if you wish, but that's pretty much it. Left the game banged up after getting hit in the ribs, so we'll have to keep an eye on that just in case.

6 - Ramos: It is not that Ramos is playing great, it is that Galtier has found the perfect way to hide and shield him from suffering against opponents thanks to deploying him as the deepest/least-on-demand defender of his three-center-back formation. Ramos enjoyed a stout shield comprised of Marquinhos and Danilo in front of him, didn't have to bother stopping a single Nantes soul, and completed a forgettable but obviously passable-by-default game on Saturday. Nothing to complain about, although things might get ugly against Bayern as they will bring an entirely different level of attack for him to deal with.

8 - Danilo: The best defensive player in Paris Saint-Germain's ranks delivered once again, and we've already lost count of how many times he's saved the team this season and in years past. Not only is he solid as a goddam rock on defense and moving the ball safely forward from the back, but he also scored the goal to bring PSG back to leading their Saturday game before Mbappe wrapped it all up with his historic 201st goal in stoppage time. Sublime.

6 - Mukiele: Didn't have the best of games and kind of allowed Blas to score Nantes' first goal because of his lack of pressure on the attacker. Didn't contribute a lot on offense but that felt more like a planned thing by Galtier rather than his own faul. Left the pitch injured, like Marquinhos, though it looks like he just suffered a little cut in his ankle after getting stepped over.

8 - Mendes: Another impressive outing by the Portugal international, who is most probably at the peak of his powers right now and navigating his best spell donning Parisian threads. In a day in which the game plan didn't really figure to feature offensive wing-back play, he still excelled on defense and got to contribute to the first two goals by PSG.

(Sub) 5 - Bitshiabu: Barely gets a grade because he only played 15 minutes plus stoppage time. He looked solid and dared going forward not screwing the team while doing it, which was positive and great to watch because he's a goddam giant (literally) of a man.

(Sub) NR - Pembele: Cameo with less than five minutes left in regulation.