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French Media all Criticize Lee Kang-in for Going to the Right Instead of Dembele

Lee Kang-in, who replaced Ousmane Dembele as a right striker, played well, but the French media did not acknowledge it.

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) won 2-1 against Nantes in the 15th round of the French Ligue 1 of the 2023-24 season held at Parc des Princes in Paris, France at 5 am (Korean time) on the 25th.  카라사이트닷컴

With the win on this day, PSG succeeded in winning 8 consecutive league games. 

And then he solidified his lead. There is a 6-point gap with 2nd place AS Monaco.

Ahead of the important match against Dortmund, which will determine whether the team will advance to the group stage of the UEFA Champions League (UCL)

coach Luis Enrique made changes to the midfield and attack line. Carlos Soler

who was used as a fullback, was placed in midfield and Bradley Barcola was placed in the left attack position.

With Kylian Mbappe in the center, Lee Kang-in was named as the right attacker.

It was a position where Dembele had completely solidified his position

 Even when Dembele had severe fluctuations in performance and continued to lack accuracy

coach Enrique did not change his starting position.

This time, it was Lee Kang-in, not Dembele. This is a perfect position for Lee Kang-in. 

He showed good performance by playing consistently for Real Mallorca and the Korean national team.

This was the spot where Lee Kang-in’s dribbling, de-pressing, and linking skills stood out the most.

Meanwhile, Arnau Tenas played as goalkeeper. Tenas, who was unable to be pushed out by Gianluigi Donnarumma

made his PSG debut as a substitute in the last match against Le Havre. 

It was his sudden debut. In the 9th minute of the first half

a goal kick was sent behind and Casimir and Donnarumma collided outside the penalty box. 

The referee judged it to be a clear scoring opportunity and immediately issued a red card. 

The decision was not changed and Donnarumma was taken off the pitch. 

Coach Luis Enrique replaced Bradley Barcola and added goalkeeper Tenas.

Tenas was brought on without feeling well, but he made stable saves. 

He caught it reliably in competition situations or when crosses came flying in. 

He even made a decisive save. In the 32nd minute of the second half, Allawi had a decisive opportunity. 

Tenas blocked the left-footed shot from right in front of the goal after receiving Kuzaev’s pass. 

I tried to shoot again, but Tenas flew out again and blocked it.

PSG, who held on thanks to Tenas’ save, ended the game with a 2-0 win with an additional goal from Vitinha. Amid the valuable victory

soccer statistics media ‘Whoscored.com’ gave Tenas a rating of 7.98. 

It was ranked second in rating after Vitinya. France’s ‘Foot Mercato’ selected Tenas as Man of the Match (MOM). 

After Donnarumma left, Tenas endured a difficult situation. He blocked threats and provided relief.

He made a series of saves and his kicks were stable.

PSG’s first game was a success,” he commented. 

Tenas, who had a successful debut, started and defended the PSG goal.

Lee Kang-in, who had been playing between left and center, appeared active on the right.

PSG aimed for the first goal with Mbappe showing his fierce form from the start.

Nantes also launched a counterattack and the tense situation continued.

Lee Kang-in’s good passes to Mbappe came out one after another

but they were not completed. In addition to Mbappe, he showed good chemistry with Ashraf Hakimi and harassed the Nantes defense.

PSG continued to attack. In the end, the goal was opened. In the 41st minute of the first half

Varcola, who caught the ball on the left side

exchanged a 2-on-1 pass with Vitinha and succeeded in scoring after overcoming a struggle with the opposing defense. 

It was Barcola’s first goal of the season. Barcola, who had been criticized for being under a lot of pressure and struggling to make decisions after coming from Lyon, scored his first goal for PSG and received congratulations from his teammates.

At the end of the first half, Lee Kang-in created one good scene after another.

In the 44th minute of the first half, Lee Kang-in, who caught the ball on the right side,

gave a through pass to Soller, who was penetrating into the half space area.

Soler, who caught the ball, attempted a cutback toward the infiltrating Mbappe

but was unable to connect accurately. In the extra time of the first half, Lee Kang-in

who caught the ball on the right side, passed one of the opposing defenders and crossed high

but it did not exactly reach Mbappe’s feet. The first half ended with PSG leading 1-0.

Nantes scored the equalizer. In the 10th minute of the second half

Mohamed exquisitely returned the ball from a corner kick situation, balancing the game.

It was difficult for Arnau Tenas to react to both the trajectory and speed of the header.

PSG suffered a blow and replaced Ugarte and Marquinhos with the returning Warren Jair-Emery and Milan Skriniar.

In the 22nd minute of the second half, Dembele was substituted for Vitinha.

As Dembele came in, Lee Kang-in moved between left and center.

In the 34th minute of the second half, Marco Asensio and Rendal Colo Muani came in and worked with Lee Kang-in.

PSG took the lead again in the 38th minute of the second half when Colo Muani scored.

The game ended with PSG winning 2-1.

At the post-match press conference, regarding the attack without Dembele

Coach Enrique said, “Dembele cannot play.

So we formed the starting lineup a little differently.

I wanted to see a different synergy than before.

I kept an eye on Barcola and Marquinhos. “I saw it.

Some got more playing time than expected.

The goal was achieved. Dembele is a player with unique characteristics,” he said.

On this day, Lee Kang-in played full time as a starter, successfully dribbling 2 times (out of 3)

touching the ball 77 times, passing success rate 79%, making 3 key passes, making 2 successful long passes (out of 3)

creating a decisive opportunity once, Recorded 3 fouls.

Soccer statistics media ‘Sofa Score’ recognized Lee Kang-in’s performance by giving him 7.8 points

the highest rating in the team. ‘Whoscored.com’, another soccer statistics media

also gave Lee Kang-in a high rating. 

WhoScored.com’ gave 7.8 points to Barcola, the scorer of the first goal, and the next highest score of 7.1 points to Lee Kang-in.

French media had a different idea. 

France’s ‘Foot Mercato’ gave a rating of 4.5 and said, “Lee Kang-in looked uncomfortable on the right and tried to play in the center rather than on the side.

He had difficulty finding teammates and even missed golden opportunities.

Lee Kang-in was outstanding in the second half as well.

He evaluated Lee Kang-in, saying, “He didn’t show any outstanding performance and his cross success rate was low.”

France’s ‘Le Parisien’ also gave a rating of 6, saying, “Lee Kang-in kept rolling around on the floor, which made his face frown.

France’s ’90min’ gave Lee Kang-in a rating of 5 and said, “Located on PSG’s right flank

Lee Kang-in did not stand out much compared to Nantes’ wide attackers. His technique was clear

but he often made wrong decisions in the opponent’s final meters. “It was a disappointing scene,” he said.

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