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#2. Steve Mandanda (goalkeeper for Rennes) was too good
For Rennes, he was spectacular. Mandanda, who is 37 years old, performed like a goalkeeper who was competing for a position on the French national team a few years ago. Eight saves were made by him, including two superb stops by Mbappe. He also had great distribution, as Mandanda constantly attempted to launch a Renne's counterattack.
He was signed by Rennes in July for free, and thus far, it's been a great deal for them. His save % for Mandanda is higher than the average for his career, and he is much more agile than his age may imply.
Although he is not a viable long-term option, it would be wonderful to watch the seasoned player pursue Champions League football.
#3. Poor form
Every year, the idea of a Ligue 1 championship race is sort of floated. At this stage, the pattern is well known. PSG normally gains a lead before losing one or two games when a rival—usually Marseille, Monaco, Lens, or Lille—is having a good stretch of play. Then PSG turns it up, leaving their competitors in the dust.
This season, that has already happened on a few occasions. The Parisians, meanwhile, have always been at full strength, making their losses seem more like strange occurrences than season-defining setbacks.
It could only be different now. Even if PSG was missing two of their main center-backs, if this is the best offense they can generate, they are still at risk.
It's more than anything a ray of optimism for Marseille, who must thread together a succession of nearly flawless performances to close a 10-point deficit. Yet, given how bad PSG is currently looking, it might not be as unlikely as the math says.