Pundit Praises PSG for Moving On from Messi and Neymar, Building Depth

The summer transfer window has come and gone for Paris Saint-Germain. These next few days will have many pundits assessing the additions and departures from the capital club. 

PSG saw various exits during this window, but the prominent ones were Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. The Argentine left as a free agent, signing with Inter Miami once his contract with the capital club expired on June 30—meanwhile, the Brazilian left on a reported €90 million to Al-Hilal. 

Nonetheless, French football pundit Bixente Lizarazu praised PSG for moving on from these two players, along with Sergio Ramos and possibly Marco Verratti. Additionally, Lizarazu complimented the pieces that have arrived to replace these players.

“I have often criticized Paris,” Lizarazu said on Téléfoot (h/t Canal Supporters). “But there, I admit that the transfer window is successful. We still have to wait and see how the players will adapt. There are six very, very good attackers. It also fits with what Luis Enrique likes to do, which is to have interchangeable players and be able to play with his squad. 

“I also like the contribution of Lucas Hernandez and Manuel Ugarte, who bring this grit. I feel like there is a balance of statutes. There are no longer the three stars and then the others. So, I like what is happening at Paris Saint-Germain at the start of the season.”

PSG’s offense is clicking after two draws to start the 2023-24 Ligue 1 season. Luis Enrique’s squad has scored seven goals in two matches, resulting in a pair of wins. While the international break has arrived, it will be interesting to see if the squad picks up where they left off.

Randal Kolo Muani will debut, likely against OGC Nice on Sept. 17. Then the team must prepare for Matchday 1 of the UEFA Champions League against Borussia Dortmund on Sept. 19. 

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