Mauricio Pochettino has hinted at making a tactical switch for Paris Saint-Germain’s upcoming UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg duel with Manchester City.
Over the first leg of PSG’s Champions League tie with Manchester City, Marco Verratti played higher up the pitch than usual. The Italian midfielder was often seen occupying spaces out on the left wing. Thus, Leandro Paredes was the player who Pochettino called on to lead the team’s midfield setup in the match.
Now, for the upcoming return match with Manchester City, Pochettino is considering starting Verratti in a base or a holding midfielder role instead. The Argentine touched on this matter (via Le Parisien) following PSG’s Ligue 1 win over RC Lens.
“Yes, I thought about it,” Pochettino said. “It will also be necessary to analyze the balance and complementarity to know if this is possible.”
Verratti is a versatile player who can play multiple positions on the pitch. For PSG’s upcoming second leg showdown against Manchester City, Verratti could tag along with Paredes as the team’s double-pivot duo in its possible 4-2-3-1 setup.
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