The Champions League ended, PSG can now turn to the summer transfer window. With clear ideas in mind.
Very prominent in Lisbon where he reached the final of the Champions League, finally beaten by the Bayern Munich (1-0), Sunday, PSG has not finished making the headlines in the coming weeks. Not because of the resumption of Ligue 1, and especially since the champions of France could not restart until the 3e day, the weekend of September 12 and 13, but because of the summer transfer window. The capital club should indeed be one of the major players in the transfer market.
If the results of the Rouge et Bleu, authors of the quadruplet in France and therefore finalists in the Champions League, plead for a certain stability, the many departures that have punctuated the summer augur a turbulent transfer window in Paris. Edinson Cavani, Thomas Meunier, Tanguy Kouassi, Sergio Rico, Thiago Silva and Eric Choupo-Moting are no longer Parisians and Thomas Tuchel hopes to see their replacements arrive. ” When I see Bayern investing and keeping all of their players … if we want to compete at this level, we have to use this transfer market. The coming season will be very, very busy, without a break after the coronavirus epidemic. We start again on Saturday. To compete, you have to build a very, very strong team “, Moreover confided the German technician at the end of the defeat vis-a-vis the Bavarian giant.
PSG thinks big
PSG’s priorities are therefore unsurprising and have been defined for several weeks. Leonardo and his teams must therefore find a central defender able to forget Thiago Silva, a right side likely to solve one of the recurring problems of the Ile-de-France club in recent years and a top striker capable of taking over behind Mauro Icardi and Kylian Mbappé. Finally, the other priority file for Parisian leaders concerns the position of number 6, despite the arrivals of Leandro Paredes, Idrissa Gueye and Ander Herrera last year. The Parisian sporting director is looking for an athletic profile likely to relieve Marco Verratti and allow Marquinhos to come down in central defense.
There is obviously no lack of tracks. This is particularly the case in the midfield where Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (25, Lazio Rome), Adam Marusic (27, Inter Milan), Ismaël Bennacer (22, AC Milan) and Mattéo Guendouzi (21, Arsenal) are regularly cited. In central defense, the hottest track seems to lead to Milan Skriniar (25 years old, Inter Milan) while for the right lane, the interest of the French champions for Luiz Felipe (23 years old, Lazio Rome) is not denied. At the forefront, the Parisians would have targeted Odion Ighalo (31 years old, Shanghai Shenhua), Joshua King (28 years old, Bournemouth), Matheus Cunha (21 years old, Herta Berlin) but also Luis Suarez (33 years old, FC Barcelona). Often high-sounding names. But the 134 million euros collected thanks to his good career in the Champions League opens up new prospects for PSG despite the economic context.
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PSG’s scores against Bayern
The grimace of Neymar, who did not live up to the event.
The Costa Rican goalkeeper, not 100% physically, made the match he could. He was saved by his right post (22nd) before making a decisive save on a recovery from the head of Lewandowski (31st). He also captured a powerful center from Kimmich (45th + 1). Powerless on the opening of the score (59th).
He put a lot of energy at the start of the match in his right lane, both defensively and offensively, even if he was again limited with the ball. Coman ramped up and the German defender then took to the water. He could have given a penalty to the French winger (45th + 1), is exceeded on the opening of the score of the head of Coman (58th) and on a 2nd center towards the same player (61st).
Thiago Silva (6)
Always so lucid, he increased the clearances in the first period and even saves his team just after the opener (63rd). He was passed like all the defense on goal (59th) and was warned for a foul on Lewandowski (83rd).
He too seemed extremely focused and chained more or less easy interventions (17th, 22nd, 44th, 50th, 61st, 87th), including a decisive head deflection just after the goal (61st). This was not enough against this exceptional team from Bayern. He gave himself a nice hook on Müller (44th).
He worked a lot defensively and did what he could, abandoned by Mbappé in the first period. He let Lewandowski hit the post (22nd) but made a header (40th). Replaced in the 80th by a too messy Kurzawa.
Present for his harassment work, he was aggressive from the start. Even if he lost a dangerous ball (12th), he gave two superb goal balls (23rd and 45th). But, over time, he struggled to withstand the opposing pressure and had no influence in the recovery.
He was again invaluable in the recovery in front of the central hinge. His defensive science allowed him to perform “easy” interventions (12th, 30th, 42nd, 56th, 73rd) and he was solid in the air. On the restart, he played as easy as possible and ended up opting for long balls. He missed his face-to-face meeting in front of Neuer (70th).
He had a very promising first quarter of an hour in a role of remote leader. After a superb opening for Mbappé (15th), he then disappeared from circulation in the face of the opponent’s battering. He failed to be a leader in the game. Verratti took over in the 65th minute without finding his attacking players.
Di Maria (6.5)
The best Parisian player in the game. And again, the game is not all the time spent by him on the right. If he hit above, but from the right (23rd), he then made a dangerous cross towards Mbappé (67th) and offered this superb hidden pass for Marquinhos (70th). To wonder why Tuchel released it before the last 10 minutes.
After his two XXL performances, he hardly made the difference. Strangely, he ran a lot at the pressing level, especially on Boateng, and perhaps lost some juice quickly since he rarely accelerated full axis. He did not convert his opportunity in front of Neuer (18th) and did not find the frame (74th). He dived in the second half with failed checks (76th, 78th, 79th).
Left striker, he posed problems early in the match in his lane. He notably offered a great opportunity for Neymar (18th), but did not score on two strikes (14th and 15th) and missed a huge opportunity (45th). Tuchel obviously asked him to defend more when he returned from the locker room and he seemed exhausted from halfway through the second half.
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