Paris Saint-Germain – Angers: PSG’s Offensive 4-2-2-2 Logically Win Despite A Slow-Paced Game (6-1)
For this last game before the international break, PSG destroyed Angers six to one. Despite slowing the game down after taking the lead, PSG were easily creating big chances against a fragile Angers that reacted too late in the game.
Tactical analysis and match report by Simon Piotr.
After a game against Reims in a 4-3-3 formation with Neymar in midfield, Tuchel chose to come back to the most usual 4-2-2-2 system, the attacking duo was composed of Kylian Mbappé and Mauro Icardi, along with Neymar as left offensive midfielder, and Julian Draxler as right offensive midfielder instead of Di Maria, who was suspended.
The original feature of the system was fielding a double pivot Two central midfielders next to each other. composed of Marco Verratti and Leandro Paredes, two creative profiles, whereas Tuchel usually likes to play a more defensive player next to the regista. A smell of attacking football over an almost empty Parc des Princes.
As for Angers, they unsurprisingly lined-up in a 5-4-1 system and we would be sure to expect a game where they don’t fight, not for the ball nor for any territory. As coach Stephane Moulin said before the game: « PSG might have something like 75% ball possession tonight ». Indeed, since Angers came back to Ligue 1 from lower divisions six years ago, with Moulin always in charge of the club, the SCO only had 34% possession against PSG on average.
PSG on the ball take the lead early thanks to Florenzi’s stroke of genius
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