Paris Saint-Germain was far from its usual best during its UEFA Champions League group stage fixture against Manchester United. While PSG was without multiple regular starters due to injury, manager Thomas Tuchel still lined up a formidable starting 11. But this unit did not play with much cohesion throughout the contest.
Former English international Darren Bent watched and analyzed the contest between the two sides. While he is not a regular viewer of PSG fixtures, this contest was all he needed to see in order to make an assessment of the team’s on-ball play. Bent believes that PSG is much too reliant on its superstar talents and is more so one-dimensional on the pitch. He spoke to the English-based station Talk Sport about his thoughts on PSG’s overall showing.
“They got two absolute superstars in Neymar and Mbappe but if you take them out of that team, they are just a team of mavericks,” Bent said. “They don’t play together, there’s no organization there. All they do is rely on Mbappe or Neymar to do something special and then they win the game.”
This particular criticism is one that PSG has faced for years now. At the least, Angel Di Maria has stepped up his play as of late for the club and is helping in not making the club too reliant on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. Still, Tuchel has much work to do in order to formulate a free-flowing attacking game plan within his team.
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