Gianluigi Donnarumma can’t do that. In recent months, the Italian goalkeeper has endured a very bad period. After a great summer marked by his Euro 2021 win with Italy and his move to Paris Saint-Germain, the 23-year-old goalkeeper won the Yachine Trophy, which recognizes the best goalkeeper in the world. But all that seems very far away for the former AC Milan player. In fact, for a few months, he’s just a shadow of himself.
A new mistake
First there was that big blunder against Real Madrid on 9 March in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg. Under pressure from Karim Benzema, he had made a mistake that had revived the merengues. That night “Gigio” was out of his game and conceded three goals. He had been fooled just as many times in the 3-0 defeat by Monaco on March 20. The selected goalkeeper wanted to regain his confidence from the French capital.
But in the 1-0 defeat by North Macedonia on 24 March, he failed again at the Squadra Azzurra. A meeting where he could have been much better when conceding a goal. A goal that cost his country dearly, who failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup. Donnarumma returned to duty at PSG in April. A month in which he had three victories against Lorient (5-1), Clermont (6-1) and Olympique de Marseille (2-1). But against the Phocaeans he was still disappointing.
Pochettino defends him
Far from reassuring, he was again at fault for OM’s equalizer after misjudging the trajectory at Marseille’s corner (1-1, 31st). The FM editors also gave him a grade of 3 for his overall work last night. Our daily colleagues The teamwho spoke of a nightmarish year 2022 and “his disturbing feverishness”and The Parisian, who blamed him for the goal, gave him the same score. In Italy, too, his performance caused a lot of conversation. “A mistake by Donnarumma but PSG beat OM“, title of Corriere dello Sport.
Criticized from all sides, Donnarumma can count on Mauricio Pochettino defending him at a press conference: “I’m happy with what Gianluigi is doing. Yields are not linear over a season. He has been at a very good level for many months. It’s clear that we have two goalkeepers at a very high level. Keylor was barely back from his international injury and barely trained with the squad yesterday. We’ll see who plays the next game. There is no specific case related to goalkeepers. They are like the others and therefore have their ups and downs. All players are prone to errors. But there is a lot Donnarumma is starting to do that AC Milan have dreams of getting out of their mess.