Mauro Icardi Had Just 13 Touches Against St-Etienne, Still Scored A Hat-Trick
Mauro Icardi put on the most clinical striker's performance in PSG's 6-1 rout of St Etienne last night.
The Argentine had just 13 touches and only completed five passes in his 72 minutes on the pitch at the Parc des Princes but made them count, scoring his first ever PSG hat-trick and also registering an assist in the French League Cup quarter final.
Tonight, Mauro Icardi played a total of 72 minutes and finished with three goals and an assist. He had a total of 13 touches and five completed passes.
- FootballExclusive (@FootyExclusive_) January 9, 2020
:rotating_light: INSANE :rotating_light:
Doesn't look like an impressive Heatmap, right?
Well, @MauroIcardi had just 13 touches (!!) tonight for @PSG_English, but he managed to do all of this :arrow_down:
:soccer: 3 goals
:a:️ 1 assist
⚔️ 1/1 ground duels won
:chart_with_upwards_trend: 9.4 SofaScore rating
Incredible! :scream::scream:#PSGASSE pic.twitter.com/vtQ83Vi3ia
- SofaScore:globe_with_meridians: (@SofaScoreINT) January 8, 2020
Icardi opened the scoring just two minutes into the game with a clinical finish after being played through down the right by Thomas Meunier.
He then bagged a further two in the second half after two perfect pick-outs from Kylian Mbappe to continue his incredible goalscoring form in France.
Since he joined on loan from Inter Milan after being discarded by Antonio Conte, Icardi has scored a ridiculous 17 goals in 19 games.
The former Sampdoria striker has scored goals wherever he's gone but his ability up top has surprised PSG midfielder Marco Verratti, who wants more of the same.
"He may not touch the ball, but he knows the ball will reach him and he will score, he is always ready," Verratti told Canal+, via the Daily Mail.
"This is the main characteristic of Mauro. We didn't think he was going to be as good. The first six months are always difficult, but it is incredible and we hope it will continue like this."
It's been reported that PSG have the option to outright purchase Icardi once the one-year loan is finished and the man himself would love nothing more than the stay in the French capital.
"I feel very good in Paris," Icardi told reporters after his hat-trick, as per Football Italia.
"I haven't spoken to the club yet, but there are still four or five months left of the season. When the season is over in May, we will sit down and talk. If I have a chance to stay, I will be happy."