Paris Saint-Germain, riding high after an impressive victory against Marseille (4-0) last Sunday, faced a different fate on Saturday in Clermont, settling for a 0-0 draw.
Despite deploying an ultra-offensive lineup, PSG struggled to break through the well-organized Clermont defense as is often the case when teams pack their bodies in a low block making things hella tough for PSG to work.
In contrast to their dominant performance against OM, Luis Enrique's offensive quartet of Mbappe-Barcola-Kolo Muani-Dembele failed to shine against a resilient side.
The midfield pairing of Fabian Ruiz and Vitinha lacked the spark of Zaire-Emery-Ugarte, leading to a mediocre display from PSG.
Clermont held their ground with an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Mory Diaw, who thwarted the attacks from PSG time and time again.
While Luis Enrique opted for an offensive strategy, it was Clermont who knocked on the door first. Jim Allevinah exploited the space behind Hakimi, delivering a dangerous cross to Cheick Oumar Konate, only to be denied by Bradley Barcola's solid defensive play. PSG struggled to find their rhythm initially, with Kylian Mbappe's attempt saved by Diaw before the 20-minute mark.
Despite some moments of brilliance from PSG, including a remarkable double save by Gianluigi Donnarumma on defense, the match ultimately lacked the spark we witnessed in their previous encounter by our Parisian superheroes.
A late opportunity for PSG in the 81st minute, orchestrated by Kolo Muani and Mbappe, was denied by Diaw, securing a well-deserved point for Clermont in the 90th minute and making PSG look plain bad ahead of their clash against Newcastle in the Champions League on Wednesday.
In the end, Clermont silenced the usually potent PSG, leaving both teams with one point each and the title contenders still a few places off the top of the Ligue 1 table.
PSG better get their things together with Newcastle hosting Paris midweek and currently flying.