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 in creating multiple high percentage goal-scoring chances for each other during the match.
PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino sees that balance within the team is a top priority for him at this stage in the season, although there could be some changes upcoming, which he touched upon 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 side over the course of the match, but he sees there are still a few areas of plays 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 now have a key Ligue 1 away fixture upcoming when it will take on Metz on Wednesday.