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PSG – PSG: Pierre Mens air-conditioned Neymar, Mbappé, Icardi and Di Maria – FRENCH FOOTBALL

by: Adam Smith


PSG - PSG: Pierre Mens air-conditioned Neymar, Mbappé, Icardi and Di Maria - FRENCH FOOTBALL 1

Banished by Thomas Tuchel after Real Madrid’s difficult draw in the Champions League field at the end of November (2-2), the four-strike system finally re-entered into force at Paris Saint-Germain.

Since 7 December, and success in Montpellier (3-1), this tactical scheme has become the basis of the capital club. Previously lined up at 4-3-3, the French team finished 2019 at 4-4-2, with the Mbappé-Icardi pair leading, and the duo Neymar – Di Maria on the sidelines. A system that worked perfectly, as this change resulted in five beautiful victories in a row: 5-0 against Galatasaray, 4-0 against ASSE, 4-1 at Le Mans, and 4-1 against Amiens at the Parc des Princes on Saturday. In the last few games, the four strikers have shone, from Neymar (4 goals, 6 assists), Di Maria (1 goal, 1 assist), Mbappé (7 goals, 3 assists) and Icardi (4 goals, 1 assist). Which means that this tactic with the fantastic four is definitely installed on PSG? Pierre Menés, on the other hand, will wait a little while before deciding.

“I never had any doubt that all four could play at the same time. Especially when opponents are called Saint-Etienne, Amiens… After the term “fantastic four,” I’ll wait a little, as against a slightly more pronounced adversity, to give a final judgment. There, for now, they are four offensive, they are four very good players, they do the job, very well, it is very nice to see … But the fantastic four, it seems a little premature. A half-two back? Walls is very, very good right now”, pitched, on the set of the Canal Football Club, the journalist, who wonders if Tuchel will have the audacity to line up his 4-4-2, or rather his 4-2-4, in the Champions League … answer next February in the eighth round against Dortmund!