Yongjae Choi]Without Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) superstars Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, Lee Kang-in was the ‘king’.
PSG drew 0-0 with Lorient in the opening match of the 2023-24 French Ligue 1 season at the Parc des Princes in Paris, France, on Sept. 13.
Mbappe, who has been at odds with the club, and Neymar, who has been heavily linked with a move away, were absent. As expected from the French club, Lee Kang-in started. He partnered Gonzalo Hamus and Marco Asensio in attack.
He started and played 82 minutes until the 37th minute of the second half. It was Lee’s official debut for PSG.
It was one of the most impressive performances for both teams. He looked like he was taking over Lionel Messi’s role from last season.
He was the set-piece kicker, taking all of the team’s corners, and he showed a strong focus on linking up with his teammates, including a kill pass to Hammus in the eighth minute and a daring shot on goal in the 15th minute. He was active, energizing, and an ace in the hole.
The result was disappointing. PSG failed to score and had to settle for a 0-0 draw. However, it was a game that showed the potential of Lee Kang-In. It was a performance that justified PSG’s signing of Lee.
In the game, Lee had three shots, four dribbles, and three successful attempts. He crossed 12 times. He was first on the team in both dribbles and crosses. 스포츠토토
After the game, Fúscore.com gave Lee a rating of 6.9. It was the highest rating among the attacking trio. Lee’s debut was given a passing grade.