Luis Enrique is a couple of months into his tenure at Paris Saint-Germain. The 53-year-old will have to build a project as the capital club looks to have the Spanish boss as its leader for the foreseeable future.
PSG has gone through managers since Qatar Sports Investment took over the club in 2011. Nonetheless, they’ve never hired a manager and stuck by him through good and bad. Manchester City and Liverpool are examples of the good that can come after sticking with a tactician through a rough patch.
Enrique has seen his squad play two Ligue 1 games, both of which were draws. Nonetheless, he notes his priorities as Year 1 gets underway and lays the groundwork for a potentially successful tenure.
“My priority is first to create links on the field between the players and to find connections between them,” Enrique told PSG’s website (h/t Paris Fans). “At the beginning, it’s about informing my players about the basics, the important things, the indisputable things, and how we should behave on the pitch.
“Then progression comes from training sessions, matches, seeing those connections between players, and adapting to what’s happening on the pitch, in attack and defense, depending on the opponent, but especially based on our idea of the game. There is not a training session that is not aimed at improving these game situations and training them.
“However, we are only at the very beginning. I would say there is a lot to do, a lot to improve, a lot to analyze, but these are very exciting first steps.”
PSG has gone a couple of seasons without winning the Coupe de France and barely won the 2022–23 Ligue 1 title. Furthermore, the capital club has suffered back-to-back Round of 16 exits in the UEFA Champions League.
Enrique will look to turn that around. Will he be successful? Only time will tell.