Mbappe and Neymar see triple open door operation in Clermont defense

The “MNM” in demonstration, a desperate defense, Bayo in the hole… The Tops and the Flops after the Paris box in Clermont (1-6).

TOPS

Kylian Mbappe, only at the top

Kylian Mbappe has been involved in 12 goals in his last three games. This stat illustrates how much the Paris striker currently walks on water. With his hat-trick, he only takes the lead in the league table of top scorers in Ligue 1 (20) ahead of Wissam Ben Yedder (18) and Martin Terrier (17). His assist for Neymar in the 83rd minute also puts him alone at the top of the smugglers’ ranking (14). No player has ever managed to finish first in both standings in the same Ligue 1 season. He will no doubt be eager to break this new record. †We are happy, we had a lot of fun and I think we gave it. Too bad it’s only happening nowblew the 23-year-old world champion at the microphone of Channel+

Neymar and Messi, the servants of the king

The two former FC Barcelona stars supported King Kylian perfectly in Clermont. Already in sight against Lorient (5-1) last week, with a double, Neymar shared a hat-trick (including a penalty) and an assist, a wonderful outside of the foot for Mbappé. We even saw the Brazilian come back in defense and make the effort. Too bad to have taken a yellow card in protest. Leo Messi, for his part, made three assists, taking his tally to 13 in L1. The “Pulga” is second in the championship in this area behind “KM” (14). The trio find their way. Maybe a little late… It was only the 14th time the “MNM” started a match.

Jodel Dossou, the best Clermontois in the evening

Very good match from the Beninese international (45 caps) who managed to be dangerous in the first period as his team struggled to get their heads out of the water. From the 10th minute he lost Presnel Kimpembe and tried his luck. It paid off in the 42nd minute at the end of a great play that started with a cross from Jordan Berthomier and a pass from Saîf-Eddine Khaoui. In total he will have shot three times and offered a key pass. If it was necessary to reward a Clermontois this Saturday night, it is him.

FLOPS

The Desperate Defense of Clermont

In the last three games, the Clermont defense has conceded 12 goals. This Saturday, Jean-Claude Billong and Alidu Seidu were unable to cope with the Paris attacks. From the beginning to the end of the meeting, the central hinge of the Auvergne was crossed and it never managed to grab the “MNM”, often too far from the Parisians, no doubt for fear of making a mistake. This is what happened 69 minutes into the game when Akim Zedaka knocked Kylian Mbappe into the penalty area and gave Neymar a penalty at 2-1, while the CF63 was good. Clermont goalkeeper Arthur Desmas, beaten six times, still made two good saves, one against a Neymar attack in the 44th minute, the other against Mbappe in the 60th.

Mohamed Bayo, his head in the wheel

The Clermont striker has had a complicated start to the year. Deciding in the first part of the season with 9 goals, the Guinean can no longer make the difference and has only found the net once in 2022, which was on February 20 against Olympique de Marseille. This Saturday, despite his two successful dribbles, Mohamed Bayo failed to shoot once, hitting just 25 balls. To stay in Ligue 1, Clermont will need a big Bayo, there are seven games to go for Pascal Gastien’s men who currently occupy 17th place in the French Championship, one point behind the current play-off, AS Saint Etienne.