Over the past seasons, Paris Saint-Germain has always been the team to beat in the French Ligue 1. The French giants have always been the bullies of the league and fellow league teams have not only always remained behind, but also found it difficult to come close.
However, the current campaign has had a different tale to tell, as PSG have not only been discovered to be a beatable team, they have looked like a team any other team can put up a good performance to defeat.
PSG manager Thomas Tuchel is currently under intense pressure at the club, having overseen back-to-back opening league defeats at the hands of Lens and Marseille. The Paris Club could also exit the Champions League early, as they’ve also not been in expected form in their group stage fixtures.
The shaky form continued against a determined Monaco side who were trailing the defending Champions 2-0 at the break. A second-half surge however inspired by the introduction of Fabregas saw Monaco overturn the scoreline to win the game 3-2.
Kylian Mbappé scored a brace in the second half to gift his side a first-half lead and it seemed Monaco were going to be the chasing side the whole game. But football’s unpredictability strolled in.
Former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Fabregas announced himself in the game after being subbed on at the beginning of the second half. He began tormenting the PSG team’s midfield and defense with several key passes forward.
Upon his introduction, Fabregas, in a marvelous display, completed four tackles, made three key passes, won seven out of ten duels, made three crosses, won two fouls, and completed 32 of 36 passes. He also capped the wonderful performance with an assist and a goal, after covering from the spot – a penalty he also won.