Ligue 1

Clermont 0-0 PSG: Ligue 1 giants fall off to a shaky start under Qatari owners

PSG and Clermont Foot played out a monotonous draw after the Ligue 1 giants were held to a goalless stalemate away against Ligue 1 strugglers Clermont, who are fighting relegation at the bottom of the table. Owing to the tie, PSG have endured a difficult start to this season, without their star players Lionel Messi and Neymar, who have left the club for Inter Miami and Al-Hilal, respectively.

PSG endures shaky start

PSG has been one of the consistent teams in Europe over last few seasons. They have been a domestic stalwart over the years, winning Ligue 1 and Coupe De France consecutively. With the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and Goncalo Ramos on the fray for PSG, coupled with the strict vigil of former Barcelona and Spain coach Luis Enrique, the French champions were expected to uphold their winning records this season, But, it seems their domestic performances have recently been dismal over last few games, as they have endured a difficult start, gathering 12 points from 7 games, which is also their lowest tally since 2010-11 season, at this stage. It is not a start that their owners Qatar Sports Investment would have asked for.

Last night, they travelled to Clermont after a praiseworthy 4-0 victory over Ligue 1 heavyweights Olympique Marseille, hoping to secure a comfortable victory over relegation battlers. But, what happened was unexpected for Luis Enrique and his side, as in spite of firing more than 20 shots, could not be lucky enough to find the back of the net. It was reported that star striker Kylian Mbappe was previously injured in the game against after he limped off, but his return bolstered the game last night. Quite unexpectedly, Mbappe had a frustrating evening and even was booked for diving in the later stages of the game.

A classy performance from former PSG star

It is often heard that an ex-player from a club would look to play his best when he faces his former club. Last night, it was time for former PSG star Mory Diaw, who had delivered his expectations of starting at Clermont goal. He used to play for the French giants when he was an youngster, thus rising through the ranks of the club. He has had an exceptional outing last night, denying several goals from the famous attacking troika of Mbappe, Dembele and Kolo Muani.

His best chance came when he had decided to claw out a Goncalo Ramos’ effort, despite going down early, as Diaw was instrumental in keeping the shot out, thus having the score line at 0-0. He further upped his ante when he saved out Danilo Pereira’s meticulous header in the dying minutes, thus rounding off his spectacular performance.

PSG will face Newcastle United as the French giants travel to St. James Park on Wednesday, after a 2-0 victory against Borussia Dortmund.

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