It’s the international break, but we’re still fuming over Paris Saint-Germain’s pitiful performance against Stade Rennais. Luckily, there are always transfer rumors to soothe the soul.
On this episode of PSG Talking, I’m joined by Ethan of PSG Fan Club Boise to break down PSG’s 2-0 defeat to Rennes at the Parc des Princes, debate whether Kylian Mbappé could become the captain of PSG, and which players could be coming to the French capital this summer.
Up first, it’s that loss to Rennes. PSG played well with a makeshift squad but couldn’t beat Steve Mandanda in goal. Two players with ties to Paris scored for Rennes, and we wonder aloud whether PSG president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, will stop buying superstars and focus on the talent on his front doorstep. We also look ahead to a daunting Ligue 1 schedule for PSG, where they could drop substantial points and give rivals Olympique de Marseille hope of winning the title.
We change gears slightly and talk about the managerial situation at Bayern Munich. How could they soundly beat PSG in the Champions League with so much turmoil behind the scenes? We zoom out a little farther and look at Europe’s top leagues. With Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, and Napoli leading their respective leads, is a revolution underfoot in which clubs build through their academies and make smart signings instead of chasing the biggest names and throwing the most money around?
During the second half of the show, we discuss Mbappé being named captain of the France national team and what it would mean for Marquinhos if he’s removed as captain in favor of the Frenchman. We also discuss Xavi Simons potential return to Paris and whether brothers Khéphren Thuram and Marcus Thuram could be on the move to PSG as well.
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