Is the Parisian workforce sufficiently armed this season?

Is the Parisian workforce sufficiently armed this season?

This season, the Paris Saint-Germain squad has been renewed after a significant wave of departures and the arrival of several players, who are expected to bring competition to all positions in the first team. Is the workforce as constituted by the club’s sports management sufficiently armed this season? Some answers in this column.

This season, PSG have been able to register the arrivals of Nordi Mukiele, Fabian Ruiz, Carlos Soler, Vitinha, Renato Sanches and Hugo Ekitike, not to mention the return of Pablo Sarabia from loan.

Young people have also been integrated, such as El Chadaille Bitshiabu, Ismaël Gharbi, Warren Zaire Emery or Younès Housni.

All the positions have been doubled, so that we obtain the following organization:

The Parisian squad for the 2022-2023 season

Obviously, this team composition and this organization are debatable, but they allow to have a visual on the forces available to Christophe Galtier and his technical staff.

What are the lessons of the first part of the season with this workforce

During the first part of the season, Christophe Galtier very often relied on a 3-5-2 organization. He also rotated his squad very little. The substitutes played very little, like Hugo Ekitike, Pablo Sarabia, or Carlos Soler.

With the typical team, Christophe Galtier was able to create a team dynamic between August and November, with the added bonus of invincibility which will have until January 1, 2023. The holders have gained confidence. The substitutes meanwhile took their troubles patiently and surely had the opportunity to think…

Without frameworks, difficulties are brought to light

When they were integrated with a good part of the holders and against modest opponents, the substitutes generally did the job. But when it was necessary to integrate them en masse, they showed their limits.

Against Lens, the team lined up was as follows:
Donnarumma – Hakimi, S. Ramos, Marquinhos, Mukiele – Ruiz, Danilo, Verratti – Soler – Ekitike, Mbappe.

With the absences of Lionel Messi, Presnel Kimpembe, Neymar and Vitinha, PSG sank against a convincing Lensois opponent, animated by a well-oiled collective game. That evening, the substitutes showed their limits. If Nordi Mukiele was able to get out of the game by being convincing in his right lane, the performances of Carlos Soler and Fabian Ruiz were insufficient.

Carlos Soler was overtaken by the physical impact imposed by RC Lens, while Fabian Ruiz was driven by an astonishing slowness and a technical waste which cost a goal (the third Lensois).

Legitimate doubts

With these insufficient services, we are entitled to ask questions about the quality of the PSG bench this season. And to compare the current workforce with that which allowed the capital club to achieve the best season in its history: that of the 2019-2020 season.

On the offensive level, the 2019-2020 workforce is visibly more provided. But comparisons shouldn’t just be technical. A workforce is built through cohesion, a common understanding, a desire to move forward together. As such, the workforce of three years ago was welded. We remember the many barbecues organized by the players outside of training. What about today ? And above all, who are the leaders of PSG version 2022-2023?

A severe lack of natural leaders

A leader status is not manufactured“, in the words of Jérôme Alonzo, former PSG goalkeeper. Unfortunately, as captain, Marquinhos does not exude the soul of a leader. At his side, surprisingly, Sergio Ramos seems very silent, he who passed his career at Real Madrid with the soul of a combative captain, not hesitating to shake up his partners.

At this stage of the season, there is also no question of burying this workforce and this team. A season is made up of ups and downs and the key moments arrive in the spring. But it is legitimate to ask questions. Let’s hope that Christophe Galtier and his staff are asking themselves these questions, in order to help the Parisian team progress, at the dawn of important national and European deadlines.

Do you think that PSG is sufficiently armed this season with this workforce? Your comments are welcome.