Lionel Messi made his Paris Saint-Germain debut on Sunday against Stade de Reims but you could argue that storyline took a backseat to Kylian Mbappé's ongoing transfer saga.
On this episode of The 1970, I'm joined by my co-host, Marc Damon, to discuss PSG's 2-0 win over Reims in which Mbappé started and recorded a brace. We also dive into Real Madrid's tactics in trying to sign Mbappé before the end of the transfer window and look ahead to the UEFA Champions League.
Up first, we break down the Reims victory. Mauricio Pochettino's side pressed well and outstanding performances from Angel Di Maria and Achraf Hakimi thrilled supporters, but it was Mbappé's performance that stole the show. His two goals may have won the game but it was Messi's arrival in the 66th minute that everyone (including the rival supporters) was waiting for. On the negative side of things, the defense continues to be an issue with Reims attacking PSG successfully through the air. Is it time to replace Keylor Navas with the much taller Gianluigi Donnarumma?
Next, we spend a good amount of time talking about Mbappé and Real Madrid. Is the offer from Madrid in good faith, or are they testing PSG and trying to force them into a bad decision? PSG has dominated the summer transfer window, is this Real Madrid's way of trying to appease their supporters to show that they're trying to sign a superstar and stay relevant?
After the Mbappé talk, we discuss the Champions League draw and neither Marc or I think PSG should have too much trouble advancing, but at least one win against Manchester City is absolutely necessary.
The show concludes with our thoughts on the brawl between OGC Nice, Olympique de Marseille, and Nice supporters, and the potential ratings boost for beIN Sports in the United States with Messi playing in Ligue 1.
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