In a highly anticipated clash at Parc des Princes to kick the Ligue 1 season off, PSG faced off against Lorient and all they could do against last season's 10th-best team is earn a point through a goalless draw. Sheesh.
With a fresh new outlook under their recently appointed coach in Spaniard Luis Enrique, and a squad boasting six debutants in the starting lineup, PSG embarked on their quest for a 12th title but was attrocious for a start.
The match ended in a goalless draw, leaving the champions of France with mixed feelings as they tried to sell the outcome as a good one while the reality is much darker.
Employing his favorite 4-3-3 formation, Enrique and PSG swiftly established an expected dominance on the pitch, commanding possession throughout the game against a lesser opponent in Lorient. However, Lorient's solid defensive setup and low block thwarted all PSG attempts to break their lines.
Despite applying relentless pressure, the Parisians couldn't find the breakthrough, with several near misses, including a powerful attempt by Goncalo Ramos, stopped by Lorient's goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo.
The second half saw a continuation of PSG's high-pressing game, but Lorient managed to hold their ground for much of the period. Although new signing Manuel Ugarte showcased his midfield prowess and convinced fans of his talents, PSG struggled to find creative solutions to unlock Lorient and ultimately ended up paying for that.
Achraf Hakimi's long pass found Soler but went unconverted, and Ramos had few opportunities to capitalize on in a stinker of a game put together by the folks of PSG.
As the clock ticked down, PSG launched a furious and desperate assault on Lorient's goal, with Fabian Ruiz, Ramos, and Ugarte coming agonizingly close to breaking the deadlock.
However, neither side managed to find the back of the net, leaving fans on the edge of their seats and Kylian Mbappe laughing while watching his soon-to-be-former team struggling at the Parc.
The draw, while not the most flattering result, holds promise for PSG's upcoming campaign if only for the bits of good play they showed here and there, but it also meant PSG finally end a matchday not sitting at the top of the Ligue 1 table after 74 weekends doing tracking back to the second match of the 2021/22 season.