After league leaders Monaco could only manage to take a point away from their trip with Bastia, Paris Saint Germain looked in pole position to defeat a defensively woeful Toulouse side after putting four past Barcelona a matter of days earlier. But as we’ve seen too many times this season, nothing in football is certain and Paris proved this on Sunday when they too could failed to take 3 points.
Paris looked flat all game. Emery’s men failed to create any good quality chances throughout the match and, with all respect to the visitors, couldn’t break down their organised resistance. It was the second time thi season that PSG have been held to a goalless draw, the other at home to rivals Marseille back in October.
Unai Emery rightly took all the credit in midweek but in my opinion he has to take a lot of the criticism for the 0-0 draw too. He made five changes, most of them uncalled for, ahead of the match against Toulouse. Starting Nkunku in midfield was unnecessary and was one of the main reasons why PSG looked slow and flat in midfield during the first half. The Frenchman has extreme potential and undoubtedly a great player for Les Parisiens but he looked timid this weekend.
Serge Aurier also performed disappointingly at right back. He, like many of the Paris players that started the match, was quiet and very sloppy in the attacking half. Lucas Moura had an average performance but Cavani and Draxler were extremely quiet throughout. However, Marco Verratti was the one shining light in a underperforming side when he came on at Half Time for Nkunku.
It was an uncharacteristic performance from PSG had only failed to win on a single occasion in 2017 before this weekend. By no means does this draw with Toulouse mark the end of Paris’ title challenge but PSG can’t afford to drop many more points between now and the end of the season if they want retain their Ligue 1 title.
Final Score: PSG 0-0 Toulouse
Top Performance: Marco Verratti – Despite not starting the match, the Italian maestro was positive during second half and looked to be PSG’s source of attacking threat
Next Match: Marseille v PSG, Sunday 26th February, 8:00pm