It has only been a mere two matches, but Paris Saint-Germain’s star-studded attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe have yet to form potent chemistry this season. The trio earned a start in PSG’s recent Ligue 1 fixture against Olympique Lyonnais and had a difficult time creating multiple high-percentage goal-scoring chances for each other during the match.
PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino sees that the balance within the team is a top priority for him at this stage in the season, although there could be some changes coming, which he touched on following the team’s 2-1 win over Lyon (via L’Equipe).
“This is something we have to work on in training,” Pochettino said. “But it’s difficult because we have to play every three days and the priority is the players’ recovery. We can only do video to try to explain to the group. It’s not an excuse, we have to get better.”
The Argentine manager elected to go with a 4-2-3-1 setup against Lyon. He saw promising sequences from the team over the course of the match, but he believes there are still a few areas of play that need to be fine-tuned.
“There was, I think, a pretty good balance, between attack and defense,” Pochettino said. “We lacked a little bit of success in the first half. We had chances to score. We found some interesting moments. With sequences of pressing, of play. It’s a performance, with a collective balance, quite affirmed.”
PSG will have a key Ligue 1 away fixture upcoming, as it will take on Metz on Wednesday.