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Why PSG no longer dominates in the Ligue 1

For the classic against Olympique Marseille, Sunday, it seems the PSG of Unai Emery to themselves to search. Guillaume Gautier, editor of Sports/Voetbalmagazine, explains how it comes about.

Edinson Cavani © Fred Marvaux/Icon Sport

For him were Carlo Such as Marcelo Bielsa already become the victim of the chauvinism of the French supporters, who quickly sarcastic laugh at the least uitschuiver of a foreign trainer, often presented as an improved version of his French predecessor. On 23 september, Unai Emery and his PSG beaten in Toulouse. It was already the second defeat of the season for the Parisians in the Ligue 1, while the men of Laurent Blanc last season, only two times in the sand bites in an entire year.

The new PSG is slow out of the starting blocks. Probably because the yard look worse at lies than thought. Criticized for its often poor performance in the league when the spring came together with the big match in the Champions League, it was Zlatan Ibrahimovic still the cornerstone of the Paris game. Everything revolved around him. The depth of Blaise Matuidi, Edinson Cavani and Lucas Moura compensated for the times that he afhaakte to between the lines the ball to come to feel. And Javier Pastore was often on the bench left, because he was in the same zones as Zlatan acted.

Lieutenant Di María

When he went to Manchester, left, took the Swede in his suitcase also 113 goals in 122 matches in Ligue 1. That figure explains almost in itself the four titles in a row. Apart from the topschutter of the team was Zlatan also the charismatic leader of the capital team. After his departure, it was thought that Angel Di María, a year ago already settled down, the weight of the team would be able to bear, but the Argentine seems to settle in his role of lieutenant without further ambitions, as already became clear after his failed passage to the Red Devils when he was the mythical number 7 on his back.

To the rupture of the Zlatantijdperk to complete decided president Nasser Al-Khelaifi for a new coach. The Qatarezen chose Emery, a specialist in European confrontations (three-time winner of the Europa League) are players ‘next step’ can convert, as its oud player Sofiane Feghouli explains in L’equipe. And a trainer with that profile is necessary, because since the departure of sports director Leonardo seems the club is no longer able to crackers like Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to the City of light to lure. Thomas Meunier, Jesé Rodríguez, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Hatem Ben Arfa are the names of the zomeraanwinsten. Then it goes either to gamble or to take a promising player who still has to make progress to the desired level.

The missed chances from Edinson Cavani, who is sometimes too generous in his efforts, to bring the defects to the surface of a team that actually is about the national competition could go rolling. The automatisms can still ripen until spring. Only then, when the battle for the Cup with the Big Ears is getting started, expect Paris the hand of Emery.

(Guillaume Gautier)

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