Donnarumma’s kicking game is still worrying

Donnarumma’s kicking game is still worrying

Donnarumma’s kicking game is still worrying

PSG won on the lawn of Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday in the Champions League (3-1). But the Parisians have suffered in the north-west of Israel, like Gianluigi Donnarumma, still not very reassuring in his game of kicks.

The Bernabeu episode should, however, serve as its jurisprudence. But from his mistake in Real Madrid’s lair last season in the Champions League round of 16, Gianluigi Donnarumma always takes as many risks with the ball at his feet. Risks very often avoidable. The PSG goalkeeper showed it again during his 3-1 victory on Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday in the Champions League.

In northwestern Israel, the 23-year-old goalkeeper appeared feverish (almost) every time leather slipped between his cleats. In the first period he even went very close to a huge ball, flickering incomprehensibly in his area. Faced with the apathy of the Italian international (46 appearances), Omer Atzili almost took the opportunity to steal the ball and score into an empty net. But the blue-tinted Maccabi striker failed to surprise Donnarumma, who ultimately sent a hasty pass to Nordi Mukiele. Before blaming him for his poor position …

Inaccurate and dangerous reminders

This action symbolizes the former Milan captain’s lack of security in this register. If he’s capable of brilliant saves in his line, the 1.96m giant struggles to reassure as soon as he has to use his feet. Often inaccurate, sometimes dangerous, his reminders (short or long) do not allow the PSG to start its actions correctly. They also regularly put their partners in an awkward situation. A serious problem for Christophe Galtier, who doesn’t want to see his team throw long balls towards an offensive trio whose headplay is clearly not their strong point (Mbappé, Messi, Neymar).

Donnarumma will therefore have to make progress in this area, otherwise he will experience some disappointments in the coming months. Modern football requires goalkeepers to have some reliability on foot. At the moment this is not the case for PSG n. 99, who arrived free in July 2021, after being elected best player of Euro 2021 with Squadra Azzura. To see how far he can improve with a specific job in training. The Parisians are hoping that he can quickly mitigate this serious shortcoming, knowing that he is under contract until 2026 and that Keylor Navas is currently patient on the bench.

Penalty stopped against Brest, failed exit against Juventus

Since being placed in the number 1 position in the summer, Donnarumma has played 10 games and conceded 6 goals (in all competitions). Reaching 5 clean sheets. “Giogio” stood out in particular against Brest, on Saturday in Ligue 1 (1-0), rejecting a penalty by Islam Slimani. But he also cost him a goal at Juventus, making an aerial exit at the wrong time on the first day of C1 (2-1). Another area for improvement for her broad shoulders …

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