Paris: the development of Camara

Paris: the development of Camara

In his first spell with AS Monaco, Mohamed Camara, 22, was brilliant at the Parc des Princes to help his side win back a point on the Côte d’Azur. Aurélien Tchouaméni’s successor, in a different register from the one from New Madrid, also took Christophe Galtier’s PSG to the limit in midfield in a match where intensity and impact were present.


Monegasque fans may be facing mixed feelings after the well-deserved draw at the Parc des Princes (1-1). Facing Paris, AS Monaco showed the face that was expected of it this season, that of a team capable of competing with the Parisian ogre in a match and destined to settle on the podium next May. Credit goes to Philippe Clement’s impeccable preparation, a week after the thrashing against Lens in Louis-II. A transformation that is also explained by the presence of a man, Mohamed Camara, who landed on the Côte d’Azur on August 14 from RB Salzburg against a check for 15 million euros, and started for the first time with the ASM against the current champion. The Malian did not hide, he smiled, letting the frustration haunt him for not having seen him sign for the Rock at the beginning of the summer, which could have changed the history of the double confrontation against PSV in the third qualifying round of the Champions League. It is important now to turn the page, without falling into fiction, to settle for having found a substitute for Aurélien Tchouaméni who, in a different register from the one from Madrid, knew how to highlight the first limits of PSG in the midfield ten. Days before the return of C1, with the reception of Juventus, the next home game of the Parisians.

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The statistics do not say everything about the performance of a player, those of Camara may seem contrasting at the end of the match against Paris: 44 balls made, 87% of successful passes, 50% of duels won, seven balls recovered, two passes breaking a line, an interception and a decisive entry in the first Monegasque goal. Beyond the numbers, the one we usually compare to N’Golo Kanté seemed to be everywhere on the pitch in the first half, extinguishing the Marco Verratti-Renato Sanches duo, and setting the pace for a tactically rehearsed team at the perfection. “We were a bit shocked at the start of the match.confirmed the Italian international at Prime’s microphone at the end of the match. If we don’t win the duels, it gives the opponent actions. » Such was the case with Camara’s heartfelt intervention against Lionel Messi near the center circle, before the 22-year-old Malian was able to launch at just the right moment to Kevin Volland. In just 125 minutes of play (45 against Monaco last week and 75 this Sunday night), the midfielder has all but confirmed that Monaco were not wrong in betting on him to succeed Tchouaméni. “It’s not easy because it’s only been two or three weeks and he hasn’t played a minute during the preparation. He is not the best physically at the moment, but he has shown the qualities we were looking for.explained Philippe Clement at a press conference. It is not easy to replace Tchouaméni, with the same style of play, he also formed a good duo with Youssouf (Fofana), It’s very important. The midfielder is the engine of a team. »

It could almost be a message sent to Christophe Galtier, who had his first problem as Paris Saint-Germain manager. In a club where the stars of the attack (Neymar, Messi, Mbappé) are the protagonists and receive most of the criticism, it is not always easy to remember that the heart of the game is not in the last twenty meters. In the absence of Vitinha, suspended, PSG showed its first limits in this system in a 3-4-2-1 against a stronger midfielder than those of Clermont, Montpellier and Lille, and in a match where the rival imposes a true intensity and intelligent pressing. In this configuration, the partnership between Verratti and Sanches did not work out, with both players lacking time, space and impact to reign in midfield. The Italian, still too nervous with the referee, has also dropped the center-backs many times after the restart, thus moving away from his area on the ground and leaving the visitors the luxury of staying put. “Monaco came to disrupt our first ball outings and was very present at a sporting level to win ballsGaltier confirmed in the Parc des Princes auditorium. This is the first team to impose such a physical and tactical challenge on us. » There are a few days left on the transfer market for the Parisian leaders to rack their brains and judge whether this team needs another profile in this sector of the game, an enigma that Monaco got rid of by taking over Mohamed Camara, who possibly reaches the Ligue 1. to hear at the end of the season.

By Clément Gavard, in the Parc des Princes
Comments collected at a press conference by CG

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