Still irresistible Sunday in Nice (0-3), Angel Di Maria came back very bony from his fourteen days, hoping not to be stopped dead by the LFP.
If there is one name that Thomas Tuchel marks almost immediately on the points page, it is Angel Di Maria. The Argentine is one of the soldiers of the Paris coach. A frame that made his team happy this week by being decisive against Metz (1-0) on Wednesday, then in Nice (0-3) on Sunday. A crushing return for those who only found the basics last Sunday, against OM, after just a complete training in the legs.
Influenced by Covid-19 during the leave granted after the final 8, Di Maria already seems very leggy. To the delight of his coach, who did not fail to highlight his player’s exemplary character: “What Di Maria did is not easy. Angel played three games in a row in eight days after Covid started after just one training session. He always shows that he can do extraordinary things.”
At the start of Julian Draxler’s goal against Metz, Angel Di Maria signed his first goal of the season at the Allianz Riviera and took advantage of a strike from Kylian Mbappé that was rejected by the nice goalkeeper Walter Benitez. He then signed a fantastic free kick for Marquinhos and could even have finished with two or three more assists if the Parisians had been more effective before being replaced by the young Bandiougou Fadiga (79th).
And now the disciplinary committee
A few days earlier, Thomas Tuchel had already expressed his admiration for Angel Di Maria. “It’s always the same with him. He’s reliable, strong, he has the experience, the mentality and the quality to be decisive. It’s nothing new. (…) It’s unbelievable. I do not have a word to say. But we are get used to it now. It’s a gift to have him on the team “, said the technician after the victory against Metz and said to himself in passing “surprised” to see him called by the disciplinary committee.
Because on Wednesday, it is on a different basis that the former Madrilenian must answer. The LFP’s disciplinary committee called on Di Maria to explain his mockery of Alvaro Gonzalez during PSG-OM (0-1). If it turns out that the spit, captured by the images from the Téléfoot channel, was really aimed at Marseillais, left-handers risk up to six matches at risk. Or the highest penalty prescribed in the FFF scale, on which the LFP’s disciplinary commission is based. A sanction that PSG would manage given the player’s form at the beginning of the season.