Paris Saint-Germain giveth, and Paris Saint-Germain taketh. It’s been a rollercoaster of performances from Mauricio Pochettino’s squad and with the international break now upon us, supporters are left wondering what direction the team is truly headed in.
On this episode of The 1970, I’m joined by Marc Damon to discuss Paris Saint-Germain’s recent results, including a 2-0 loss to Stade Rennais in Ligue 1 and a 2-0 win over Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League. We discuss the team’s identity, the progression of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé, and Neymar Jr. playing together, and the ongoing bias PSG faces in the media.
Up first, we dive into Sunday’s result against Rennes at Roazhon Park. Bruno Génésio had his men playing against PSG like it was a FIFA World Cup Final, whereas PSG wasn’t as clinical in front of goal as you would expect and let several goal-scoring opportunities go by the wayside. Was it a case of forcing Angel Di Maria into the starting lineup or the fact that Pochettino hasn’t been able to implement a consistent playing style?
Next, we discuss the win over Manchester City where PSG was on the defensive for much of the game but managed to score on two of their three attempts on target. Is a counter-attacking style what we can expect in these big Champions League fixtures, or should Pochettino play “heavy metal” football and try to outscore teams given the offensive talent available to him?
We wrap up the show by talking about the ridiculous post-match commentary by certain analysts after PSG defeated City.
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