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Champions League is approaching – What does Paris Saint-Germain have to improve?

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Pochettino is questioned at PSG and has the tough task of leaving Real Madrid in the Champions League on the road. The French team was not champion last season, it is out of the French Cup and Zidane sounds to occupy the substitute bench.

By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).

The alarms went off in Paris on the last day of January: PSG was left out of the Coupe de France against Nice on penalties.

What worried everyone was not the final definition, but the result. A zero draw that showed the worst side of Paris Saint-Germain, one that generates absolutely nothing.

PSG did not generate anything from the game and neither in the emotional. It is a team that does not move a hair. It doesn’t excite, nor does it make you sit down for two hours to watch one of his games, quite the opposite.

The only reason to watch Paris Saint-Germain is its superstars: the Dream Team for the 2021-22 season has Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé, Ángel Di María, Giggi Donnarumma, Marco Verratti, Marquinhos and Neymar Jr., although with this last name we can explain many things.

With the absence of the Brazilian -he has not played since November 28 against Saint-Étienne- the team lost the magic as the essence of the sport, but, above all -and to be more technical- the ability to break lines with a player who is encouraged to a feint

In the elimination against Nice you could see: at times, PSG looked like a handball team that passed the ball from one side to the other and if they had been in that sport they would have been accused of passive play.

It is true that the weekend’s 5-1 win against Lille gave Mauricio Pochettino some breathing room, but the coach is still in the eye of the storm and before the match they received a threatening message from the fans:

“Our patience has limits.”

The rumors about the arrival of Zinedine Zidane to the bench of substitutes of Paris Saint-Germain that we told you several weeks ago are still alive.

Daily Mirror assured today that the French coach would have everything agreed with Nasser Al-Khelaifi and would even have asked for the incorporation of Cristiano Ronaldo for the following season.

The team has a key to the round of 16 ahead of it where it is obliged to make history: it must leave Real Madrid on the way in an instance where the Spanish were almost never out of the Champions League.

The first leg will be next Tuesday, February 15, at the Parc des Princes in Paris and the rival team is led by none other than Carlo Ancelotti, champion of the tournament with Real Madrid and Milan.

The Italian coach knows very well how to neutralize this type of team, but the series will be open until the end.

Pochettino will have to adjust the pieces of Paris Saint-Germain and will have a preliminary test the following weekend for Ligue 1 against Stade Rennais, but the Argentine well knows that they could be his last days in France if he cannot wash the face of a team who may seem rich and within the field is very poor.


 

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