Paris Saint-Germain manager Christophe Galtier made a couple of formation changes in his side’s 1-1 draw result against Stade de Reims on Ligue 1 matchday 20. Galtier had his squad play under a 4-4-2 setup for the first half of the contest, and he then decided to roll out a 4-3-1-2 formation for his team for the latter half against Reims.
In PSG’s 4-3-1-2 setup in the match, Neymar was called on to take the central attacking midfielder role, and he played right behind center forwards Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe. Speaking to Prime Video Sport France after the match, Galtier spoke about the reasoning behind this tactical change in the second half.
“In the second half, we changed the midfield to a diamond formation, with Neymar behind the two strikers, to have a better offensive animation but also to counter their 4-3-3 with the midfield in front of the defense,” Galtier said. “We are happy to be able to score quickly but after that, there are facts of the game, the fact of being with 10 players.”
It will be noteworthy to see whether Galtier plans to once again roll with this formation over the remainder of the ongoing season. Neymar found success under this setup against Reims, as he scored one goal and created three goal-scoring chances for teammates during his time on the pitch in the league fixture.