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Club Brugge 0-5 PSG: 5 Talking Points and Tactical Analysis | Champions League 2019-20

  • PSG reaffirmed their Group A stranglehold in this year’s Champions League group stage after a 5-0 blitz against Club Brugge.
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Modified 21 Dec 2019, 00:50 IST

#3 Mauro Icardi again proving he's a worthy number nine

Icardi netted a well-taken brace and on another night, could
Icardi netted a well-taken brace and on another night, could've had a hattrick

A lot has been said about Icardi since his surprise deadline day season-long loan move to PSG. Inter sanctioned their former captain leaving to strengthen a European rival and although PSG already boast a fearsome attack - when all are available - the Argentine marksman just adds more quality to their frontline. 

It’s why Edinson Cavani, who has recently recovered from hip and fitness issues himself, was not risked and remained an unused substitute on this occasion. In previous seasons, Tuchel might have felt inclined to include the experienced Uruguayan, but Icardi led from the front and signalled his intentions early on that he could replicate - if not surpass - the 32-year-old’s goalscoring exploits.

He ruthlessly broke the deadlock and silenced the buoyant home crowd after just seven minutes, latching onto di Maria’s pass before making no mistake from close-range. 

Having established an off-field friendship with Mbappe, the pair combined to ensure Mauro earned his brace before being replaced after the hour mark. He too could have had a hat-trick if not for Simon Mignolet’s outstretched leg thwarting him ten minutes earlier.

He's now got five goals and an assist in five starts across all competitions. Judging by his trajectory and quality of his teammates, there's no reason why the 26-year-old cannot surpass his career-high goal (29 in 2017/18) and assist (nine in 14/15) tallies this term.

Published 23 Oct 2019, 11:15 IST
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