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The French sports press coincides this Thursday in his criticisms against Paris Saint-Germain after his umpteenth failure in the Champions Leagueand expresses his unanimity when pointing out that the Parisian squad has many stars but no team.
After falling in the round of 16 last night against Bayern Munich 2-0defeat that added to the German victory by 0-1 in the first leg, French commentators and analysts They are not shy today in their criticism of the Parisian model.
“PSG has a squad built with the idea of have a team of ‘rock’ stars and not a real football team“said Bixente Lizarazu, a football analyst at France Info public radio.
It is a strategy that “It has borne fruit to gain international recognition as a great in Europe”, but not at a football leveladds Lizarazu, world champion with France in 1998 and former Bayern player.
He explains that, looking yesterday at the German bench, you could see “a squad built to play in the Champions League”while at PSG the “problem” is repeated that “less brilliant players but who are very useful” are not valued.
And remember that striker Choupo-Moting, executioner of the Parisian team with the first goal yesterday, received mockery “of all PSG fans” when he was a member of the French squad.
Édouard Cissé, a former PSG player and Prime Video analyst, agreed in L’Equipe that the Parisian team, with one of the largest budgets in Europe, “I had no solution on the bench” to try to reverse the match.
“You need a team, and before that, you need a group. At this level, 20 players are needed, with 14 of very high level, veterans“he adds.
Cissé is not very hopeful about the board of directors of PSG, a club in the hands of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund: “As every year at this point, we draw the same conclusions and they will make the same mistakes again.”
So Foot also points to the lack of quality troops on the Parisian bench, coupled with injuries to Marquinhos and his replacement Mukiele in the center of defence.
Other critics point to the Parisian midfield, “suffocated” by the Bayern media Kimmich and Goretzka, according to Cissé, and that “they were dead” after the break, since the French league does not demand so much on a physical level. “But in the Champions League it’s mandatory.”
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