Shade at Messi, Neymar? Lille Boss Applauds New-Look PSG Squad This Season

Paris Saint-Germain decided to shift their transfer policy this past summer. The capital club stopped pursuing big-name players like Neymar Jr., Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, etc. As a result, Lille OSC’s manager believes the Parisians made the right move.

Ahead of the clash between PSG and Lille on Sunday night at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Paulo Fonseca spoke to reporters and applauded the project the Parisians are attempting to do with manager Luis Enrique.

Is PSG better without Lionel Messi and Neymar?

“Today, PSG is more of a team compared to last season,” Fonseca said (h/t Canal Supporters). “They are more collective, defensively and offensively. This year, they don’t have a player like Neymar and Messi. But they still have good players, like [Ousmane] Dembélé, for example. They have retained [their] beautiful individualities. But the most important thing is the collective.”

Even though PSG qualified for the UEFA Champions League round of 16 by the slightest margins, the French giants are back in the same position they were in the last two seasons with Neymar, Messi, and Ramos.

If the Ligue 1 side advances past the round of 16, it will be the first time they have done so since 2021. Furthermore, PSG is in a much better position financially, considering the wages of these three players are now off the books, allowing for some flexibility for sporting advisor Luis Campos in building a team. 

Tags Lille OSC Lionel Messi Neymar Paulo Fonseca
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