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Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Juan Bernat don’t make Thomas Tuchel’s PSG strong

Paris Saint-Germain announced the arrival of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Juan Bernat late night on the transfer deadline day. It must came in to calm the situation Thomas Tuchel is in because of injury worries. Neither Eric Maxim Choup-Moting nor Juan Bernat makes Thomas Tuchel’s PSG strong.

PSG snatched Juan Bernat on deadline day

Left-back Layvin Kurzawa injury left Tuchel vulnerable to deal only with 19-year-old internal switch of Stanley N’Soki. Bayern Munich reserve left-back Juan Bernat arrival will calm the situation for Tuchel.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting arrival as a forward is absolute unnecessary for Parisians knowing they already have much in their arsenal to explode. It only helps in keeping PSG boss happy because he is a great admirer of Maxim Choupo-Moting since his days at Mainz.

Both of the arrivals came in only to help PSG look good on transfer deadline day. Before they arrived, PSG only signing relevant from football prospective was Thilo Kehrer arrival from Schalke as a young centre-back.

Adrien Rabiot to stay at PSG

Gianluigi Buffon signing as a 40-year-old goalkeeper is only about marketing stuff as it was with David Beckham’s signing in January 2013. Buffon must be brilliant defying the age but it was only because he used to feel himself at home at Juventus. He had wore that shirt since a teenager, and it always give you a youthful energy with that extra inspiration to lead the team. Buffon can’t be the same at PSG.

Kylian Mbappe can hardly be considered as this season arrival. He was already playing in the first team on loan from AS Monaco. He only needed a formal stamp for which PSG paid €135 million.

Other arrivals came in internal switch from PSG’s youth squad. They signed Stanley N’Soki as a left-back, Colin Dagba as right-back, Antoine Bernede as central-midfielder, Moussa Diaby as right winger and Timothy Weah as centre-forward.

On the other hand, they have lost key member of the squad with their departures. Kevin Trapp made a move to Eintracht Frankfurt knowing that he’ll have to settle for second choice goalkeeper in Paris. Defensive midfielder Thiago Motta retired this season, Hatem Ben Arfa wasn’t offered a new contract, Grzegory Krychowiak was loaned to Lokomotiv Moscow, Giovani Lo Celso loaned to Real Betis, Jonathan Ikone made a move to Lille, Odsonne Edouard moved to Celtic, Yuri Berchiche sold to Athletic Bilbao, Javier Pastore to AS Roma, and Goncalo Guedes made a big money move to Valencia.

Most of the departures happened in their midfield department. It left them vulnerable without any reinforcement. Their midfield comprises of Lassana Diarra, Marco Verratti, Adrien Rabiot, Christopher Nkunku, and internal switch of Antoine Bernede. These names don’t excite me considering PSG is fighting for UEFA Champions League as favourite.

Out of them, only Verratti has a long term deal with the club as an established player. Adrien Rabiot contract expires at the end of the season and Lassana Diarra hasn’t handed a new contract as well. Christopher Nkunku and Antoine Bernede is quite young to feel the pressure of Champions League football in case the first choice suffers any injury.

However, we think that Thomas Tuchel knows better how to deal with the situation. He is quite flexible with his formation. He is also very good with exploiting young talents.

Mr. Tuchel has done it with Borussia Dortmund. He can do it with Paris Saint-Germain, but PSG brings a new challenge. Winning Ligue 1 is not a problem for them, they are quite used to winning it. but, he’ll have to find a way to do better in Champions League.

PSG finished quarter-finalist in their last two seasons. They want to do better this time. How he is going to achieve it with his new side, only he knows.

Thomas Tuchel has already used different formations in his three games in charge. He has used 4-3-3, 3-5-2, and 3-4-1-2. In all of the formation, he was lacking a natural no.6, no.8 and a no.10.

Neymar is used to playing on left flank and he is successful in that role. He has never played as a no.10 in the middle or false no.9 playing behind front three. Hiss dribbling skills and getting past opposition is best utilized on left flank.

Brazilian will be crowded in the middle and opposition defenders have always been harsh on him. He is most likely to be dispossessed and make a wrong pass when he’ll have to play behind strikers and make a bridge between midfielders and strikers.

We saw PSG playing 3-4-1-2 in victory against Angers. His all four centre-backs played together. Theo Kehrer, Thiago Silva, Presnel Kimpembe, and Marquinhos were deployed in the same team. Marquinhos played in midfield alongside Adrien Rabiot, Angel Di Maria, and Thomas Meunier. Neymar also played behind Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.

It was quite unusual formation. Thomas Tuchel has not got players for this type of formation. However, RMC Sports pundit Christophe Duggary backs him. He said as Paris Fans reports, “I like coaches who innovate and try new things. The system with three defenders seems to be his favourite organization (…) it is certainly to improve (…) but this system is the one that is best suited to the strength and enormous strengths of the PSG! If you leave three in attack with Neymar at no.10, it would be just great! This team has certainly a strong identity in Europe with this game of possession but we have seen the limits of PSG with this 4-3-3 for years! Look for something else and I’m glad Tuchel wants to change that!”


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