Now it may be surprising when you look at Los Cules’ inner struggles and the fact that they were humbled 8-2 in the Champions League last season by Bayern Munich, but the French giants are not too impressive this term.
According to Koeman PSG has weaknesses
Monday’s UEFA Champions League draw threw up a potential tie of the round at PSG against Barcelona. But Ronald Koeman thinks it’s an even matchup. Now it may be surprising when you look at Los Cules’ inner struggles and the fact that they were humbled 8-2 in the Champions League last season by Bayern Munich. But the French giants are not too impressive this term. Quite unusual for a team coached by Thomas Tuchel. They relied on moments of individual brilliance from Neymar or Kylian Mbappe, rather than a coherent tactical plan. They lost to Manchester United in Paris and were outplayed for much of the return fixture at Old Trafford, despite the 3-1 scoreline. Ronald Koeman can take some positives out of these matches that suggest the French club has weaknesses.
“We knew that we could get a powerful opponent in the draw, but I think the tie is even,” Koeman said in an interview. “PSG have touched us before, but it’s hard for them because we have such a strong team. It will be close, and this is a club that spends a lot of money to fight for every title, including the Champions League. Last year they reached the final, and they are a team that should always be at that level. But we want to go through”. When the pressure was put on the players’ ability to recover in two matches against Tuchel’s charges, the Dutch coach was somewhat reticent. “You never know what will be the situation in February,” he added. “Now, it is important to focus on the league games. When the match against PSG comes, I hope we will recover some of our injured players.”