‘There Is No Discipline in This Team’ – French Football Anaylst Comments on PSG’s Second Half Issues

In the last two Ligue 1 matchdays, Paris Saint-Germain had a 3-2 defeat against AS Monaco and a 2-2 draw against FC Girondins de Bordeaux. On the other hand, in their UEFA Champions League group stage fixture against RB Leipzig, the capital club obtained a 1-0 victory. 

However, the quality of the matches is something that many don’t like, leading to criticism from pundits, supporters, and even manager Thomas Tuchel went on the record when talking to Canal Plus that he’s aware of the issues that the squad has faced recently in Ligue 1 competition. 

Canal Plus football analyst Pierre Ménès, in one of his columns on his Canal Plus blog, was harsh in his criticisms and referred to the players’ physical condition. 

“Once again, players very far from their best form,” Ménès said. “I am thinking in particular of Mbappé, who is having a hard time regaining his rhythm after his injury. Apprehension? Kick? The Blues? I do not know, but it is obvious that this is not the real Mbappé that we see since his return from selection. Neymar had a good first half but died physically in the second. However, it must be conceded to him that, even when he is not physically well, he continues to try things.”

Ménès warned Les Parisiens for their bad form in the second half and stressed that the team plays better when they have Marco Verratti. 

“PSG obviously play better with Verratti. Without the little Italian, we find the same chronic inconsistency in the middle with players who can neither attack nor defend, which is problematic for a club of this level. In a championship that is promised to him, this draw is a twist,” Ménès said. 

“But now Paris will play its season on Wednesday at Old Trafford. If Tuchel’s players reproduce the same first half as against Bordeaux, they will have a chance. If it’s the second, maybe they’ll get a historic spanking. And Tuchel’s anger after the match was perfectly justified. There is no discipline in this team, and it’s still a bit of his fault.”

The reigning Ligue 1 champions will travel to Old Trafford for matchday five of the UEFA Champions League group stage against Manchester United. 

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