Paris Saint-Germain – Angers: Life With And Without Neymar For Successful Parisians (4-0)

In the unexpected clash between league leaders PSG and second-placed Angers, PSG spent their time attacking and showed total domination, despite the visitors’ opportunities in the first half. 
Tactical analysis and match report Simon Piotr

After defeating Galatasaray in a difficult game away from home in the Champions League, PSG had to win at the Parc des Princes to secure their position on top of the French league. 

Before matchday 9, Angers were co-leading Ligue 1 two points ahead of PSG, despite having the seventieth budget in France. Besides some good-old efficient finishing - Angers scored 5.1 goals more than their expected goal The amount of goals a team is expected to score based on the quality of the shots they take. output - they have been manifesting themselves very well early in the season. A great reward for Stéphane Moulin, who has been coaching the team for eight seasons straight, and has taken the club from Ligue 2 to Ligue 1 in 2015 and maintained a spot in the French elite division ever since.

Regularly playing in a classical 4-3-3 formation for a few weeks, manager Thomas Tuchel kept the same system in place on Saturday afternoon, but there is a huge difference between the team he lines up in Europe and the one in Ligue 1, explained by the presence of Neymar. Suspended for the two first Champions League games, Tuchel could not field the Brazilian genius against Madrid or Galatasaray. The challenge Tuchel face is between building a competitive league for the European season and building a team around Neymar when he is able to play. 

However, the German coach kept . . .

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