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Is Sábonov definitely the second goalkeeper of the PSG? Donnarumma constantly makes mistakes in the best games

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 03:55:22

Matvey Safonov changed Krasnodar for PSG. It seems clear to anyone: the Russian arrived as a substitute for Gianluigi Donnarumma in place of Keylor Navas, whom he did not renew in Paris. But, according to L’Équipe, Donnarumma, Safonov and Arnau Tenas were warned that the team does not have the first number, this title will have to be earned. Although we understand: the Italian has experience, salary and status on his side. How did Gigi spend last season overall? Is it really possible to compete with him? Let’s figure it out.

All the details of Safonov’s transfer are in our live:


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Is Donnarumma really that good?

Yes. According to the statistical portal FBref, in the last Ligue 1 season, the Italian took 110 shots on goal with a total target weight of 30.3 xG. And he failed only 20 times. 10,3 goals avoided is a spectacular result and practically the best of the big leagues: Gigi was a bit behind Michele de Gregorio (10,4), which will soon change Monza for Juventus. The rest is far behind.

Donnarumma has a save percentage of 84.5% in Ligue 1. According to the average SofaScore, he scored 7.3 points out of 10. This is the 12th result among all footballers in the championship. Furthermore, previous seasons in France were much less productive: first with 73.8% saves (0.5 goals avoided), then with 76.3% (3.3). The adaptation is clearly complete.

Gianluigi Donnarumma

Photo: Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Safonov, in comparison, performs slightly worse. At the same time, it is more difficult to play in League 1 than in the RPL: ​​ask Sasha Golovin and Daler Kuzyaev. In the last Premier League season, Matvey made 103 saves on 129 shots in 30 games, or 80.6% of saved shots. Previously he was 80.3% and 75%. Progress, although minimal.

Is Donnarumma really perfect now?

Absolutely not. In modern football, goalkeepers who know how to play the ball well with their feet are valued, such as Manuel Neuer, Ederson or Marc-André ter Stegen. Brilliant saves alone are no longer enough for the highest level; If necessary, you must play the role of an additional defender. Donnarumma always has problems with this. And in general, there are enough “deliveries”.

The reference example is the Champions League quarterfinal match at home against Barça. Let’s see it in detail. The three failed goals were the fault of the Italian. In addition, my opponent forgive me openly a couple of times. In minute six, the goalkeeper ran to ensure the defense and was the first to reach the ball, but he did not succeed. If Lucas Hernández had not come to the rescue, we would have had to get the ball out of the network.

“Privoz” Donnarumma in the Champions League match against Barcelona

Photo: Screenshot of the broadcast.

Donnarumma then clumsily missed the ball from a corner. Robert Lewandowski almost punished: Nuno Mendes cleared the ball from the tape. It’s funny that Gigi presented something to the defenders, even though they had nothing to do with it. Nervousness and weak psychology are another disadvantage of the Italian. After the first mistake, he simply “floated.”

Another error by the goalkeeper in the same match

Photo: Screenshot of the broadcast.

Sooner or later the goal had to come, which happened in the 37th minute. Rafinha’s cross into the center of the area, a hesitant exit from Donnarumma, who hits the ball with his fist anyway, Raphinha himself finishes into the void. Bright.

Donnarumma plays clumsily on the way out, leading to the goal

Photo: Screenshot of the broadcast.

In the 62nd minute, a long and imprecise pass from Gianluigi ended up at the feet of João Cancelo. And it led to Raphinha’s double. And on 77, for some reason, the Italian did not come out to intercept the corner. Apparently, remembering the first mistakes and concentrating on them. Andreas Christensen headed in from about three meters, from the goalkeeper’s area.

Donnarumma missed his goal and that led to the goal

Photo: Screenshot of the broadcast.

This party is the quintessence of Donnarumma’s problems. On a whim, he is capable of performing miracles. But if something goes wrong, PSG, you’re in big trouble. Remember the round of 16 of the 2021/2022 Champions League, when in the 61st minute Gigi mishandled the ball after a pass from a teammate, “floated” under pressure, tried to kick it to the side and hit Karim Benzema. Before the French won 1-0. The result is 1:3.

Donnarumma made a mistake under pressure in the match against Real Madrid in the Champions League

Photo: Screenshot of the broadcast.

So what? Is Safonov capable of overthrowing Donnarumma?

Luis Enrique deifies competent positional football and the highest passing culture: it is not in vain that he coached Barcelona and the Spanish national team. And it doesn’t matter if you are a gardener or a goalkeeper. Safonov is not perfect in this regard either. It is enough to remember his goal error against Rostov, for which he had to apologize to the fans.

Safonov’s mistake in the match against Rostov ended in a goal

Photo: Screenshot of the broadcast.

However, Matvey is better than Donnarumma at kicking. And yet, it is unlikely that he will be able to practice frequently right away: the Italian’s previous substitutes, Keylor Navas and Arnau Tenas, played a total of 12 games during the season.

As much as Gigi contributes, her phenomenal performance in the film makes up for everything so far. Safonov has a chance of fully breaking into the first team, but they are small: you have to work as hard as possible in training and wait for the most common mistakes of his rival or his injury. Apart from the coronavirus, the Italian’s last absence was in the summer of 2021 due to injury.

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