Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Barcelona-PSG: but how to play without Neymar or Di María?


To each his own puzzle. Two years ago, on the eve of facing Manchester United in the knockout stages of the Champions League, Thomas Tuchel had to compose without Neymar or Edinson Cavani. He had done very well, at least in this first leg (2-0). For the trip to Barcelona next Tuesday, Mauricio Pochettino is facing a similar challenge since Neymar’s package was fulfilled, affected in the groin during the victory in Caen (1-0), this Wednesday in the French Cup. to Angel Di Maria, victim of a thigh injury, in Marseille (2-0 win), last Sunday.

So, what animation does the new Parisian coach intend to give to his team at the Camp Nou and with whom to shape it? The answer may be on the side of the Vélodrome and these fifty minutes where Paris evolved without Neymar (substitute) and Di Maria (released due to injury). Next, PSG lined up the Paredes-Verratti-Gueye trios in the middle and Sarabia-Icardi-Mbappé up front with possible variations of 4-2-3-1, 4-4-3 or 4-3-3 depending on the party time. match.

Mbappé left side

In any case, Herrera, Danilo and Rafinha, if he recovered from his little muscle failure, may be preferred to Gueye. In view of his performance in Caen, Draxler does not seem to have scored points to deserve to be lined up from the start at the Camp Nou. Except that the absence of Neymar frees him and finally assumes his responsibilities.

In any case, the absence of Neymar should allow Mbappé to evolve on the left. Good news for Jérôme Alonzo. “We are not going to get rid of the idea that Kylian, the closer he gets to the axis, the less dangerous it is,” said the L’Equipe channel consultancy. Kylian is one of the best wingers in the world. It is not debatable. Not one of the best number 9s in the world, not even a second 9. Not at all. “The match against Nice on Saturday (5:00 pm) will undoubtedly be an opportunity for Pochettino to refine his plan, hoping that no new injured will be added to the list …

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