PSG followed their initial game of the pre-season (a 2-0 victory against second-tier Le Havre last Friday) with a thud against Saudi Arabia club and Cristiano Ronaldo's team Al-Nasser in a matchup that finished in a 0-0 stalemate.
The match, which took place in Osaka, Japan on Tuesday, didn't feature Kylian Mbappe as the face of PSG keeps traying all by himself in Paris while PSG finds a suitor willing to pay them a fee and the player a hefty salary for a season before he bolts away to join Real Madrid in July 2024.
A very formidable Saudi Arabian side (put in the context of a very putrid PSG) bolstered by their latest additions, Seko Fofana and Marcelo Brozovic, as well as Cristiano Ronaldo, managed to limit PSG to a no-goals game.
It's worth pointing out that the Saudi team were playing this game after losing their last two matchups 5-0 against Celta Vigo and 4-1 against Benfica. Just imagine how bad PSG were.
During the first 45 minutes of the game, neither team could gain a significant advantage or break the deadlock. PSG started the match "well," with Carlos Soler's threatening free-kick posing a potential challenge for the Saudi goalkeeper in the clearest chance of PSG throughout perhaps the whole affair.
Youngster Noah Lemina missed a 1v1 set up by fellow titi Warren Zaire-Emery, and Cristiano Ronaldo attempted multiple shots that ended up nowhere. Now re-read that and double-check those names and their talent levels. Sheesh.
In the second half, believe it or not, the Saudi mob took control of the ball and launched their attacks more swiftly and sharply. On the other hand, PSG seemed somewhat static, hoping to find the breakthrough with the young Gharbi, who had just entered the game and linked well with Marco Verratti (another reserve on the day).
However, PSG spent the afternoon searching for a goal that never arrived, and despite changing players and schemes, both sides went home with no goals scored.
The Asian tour continues for PSG, as they face Cerezo Osaka next Friday before taking on Inter to wrap up their tour across Japan. Meanwhile, a much-needed Mbappe remains in limbo.