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PSG loss to Liverpool shows mega-club weakness

Friday Sep 21, 2018

 Since being taken over by current owners Qatar Sports Investment, Paris Saint-Germain have regularly shown they can batter weaker teams while struggling with better opposition

 PSG’s 3-2 loss to Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday night was another great example of their ability to be flat-track bullies. The final scoreline greatly flattered the French side, but at no time during the 90-minute match did PSG look in control of the game. Fans can bet on every Champions League match using the online promo at GiveMeBet.

 Not only were PSG’s stars missing in action, but they looked devoid of tactics. Manager Thomas Tuchel seemed more like a chaperon forced to lead the team out at Anfield than a coach. It was much different role than when Tuchel last arrived at Anfield when he was the manager of Borussia Dortmund. 

 Tuesday Champions League loss to Liverpool once again shows that for all of PSG’s spending, they cannot overcome more talented teams. This begs the question, why can’t PSG win the Champions League?

 Better Competition

 PSG have won five of the last six French Ligue 1 titles. The only blemish on the team’s record over the last six seasons was in 2016-17 when Monaco won the title. PSG’s dominance over the French league is one reason for their inability to win the Champions League. Once they come upon better talent that is prepared to work harder, like Liverpool did on Tuesday, PSG have no answers. Liverpool’s pressing tactics and ability to run nonstop for 90-minutes took PSG completely out of the game; and their biggest stars spent much of the match standing still.

 Big Names, Big Egos

 Neymar, Kylian Mbapp, Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, and the list goes on of big name players suiting up for PSG. Yet, these big names all come with big egos, and none of them showed up against Liverpool. Well, that isn’t entirely true. Alves was injured and Mbappe did tally PSG’s second goal which came against the run of play. He also gave away the ball which led to Liverpool’s game winner. Silva was a constant in defence and regularly screamed at his forwards to track back, something they didn’t do. This leaves Neymar, who had an atrocious game and was completely marked out of the match by Trent Alexandre-Arnold. Neymar also shirked his defensive duties and allowed Alexandre-Arnold space down the right-hand side. The Brazilian spent much of the match standing waiting for the ball to come to him. He completed just 31 passes and was dispossessed five times. If Neymar is on the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, he didn’t show it at Anfield.

 Absent Tactics

 PSG played the entire 90-minutes devoid of any tactics or plan. The team played everything off the cuff. Mbappe, Neymar, nor Edinson Cavani could save the team in the end as the lack of tactics showed. The front three were not only absent in attack, but in defence as large holes were left open all over the pitch. It may work in Ligue 1, but not in the Champions League against a team that will run all night. There are already questions over Tuchel’s ability to manage the club and how much input he really has. He looked to have zero on Tuesday.
 There is still a long way to go in the Champions League. PSG can learn from their mistakes and build on them. Unfortunately for PSG, they have never learned from their previous problems. The Champions League quarterfinals have been the furthest they have gone since QSI bought the club. Now, PSG have to turn things around before Red Star Belgrade arrive in Paris in October.

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