Paris Saint-Germain – AC Milan: The Perfect Response (3-0)

In a game that tilted heavily towards chaos, it was PSG that found a way to adapt and develop, as Milan was left statically scrambling to recover or respond to a game that drifted ever further out of reach. 
Tactical analysis and match report by Nick Hartland.

Two routine victories and an international break put some distance between PSG and their last showing in the Champions League when a hungry Newcastle side pulled them apart. Despite not yet leading Ligue 1 for more than a couple of hours there have been signs of a side building in Paris, but as is often the case promise and disaster flirt when PSG take the field on Champions League nights. 

For Milan, a loss at home over the weekend marked only their second defeat of the season, with Juventus joining Inter in this illustrious honor. Milan will consider themselves more unlucky against the Old Lady than they were in their embarrassing showing against their cross-stadium rivals. Even so, it was a loss that raised more questions about their mentality in these big fixtures - something that would need addressing if they were to hope to progress past this group of death. 

Luis Enrique rotated heavily over the weekend in preparation for this game as he reverted to a 4-3-3 shape . . .

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Nick Hartland is a freelance writer focusing on French football. You can find him @NickHartland_ on Twitter. [ View all posts ]


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