Paris Saint-Germain – AS Monaco: PSG Frustrated By Monaco Pressure (1-1)

Monaco found the best antidote to PSG’s attacking game so far this season, as their high press in the first part of this match was successful in neutralizing PSG and gaining them a 1-0 lead. This was not maintainable through the full duration of the game though, and PSG’s individuals were able to come into the match in the second half to rescue a draw.

Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.

PSG started the season in spectacular form under new coach Christophe Galtier, as a 5-0 win at Clermont on the opening matchday was followed by a 5-2 home win over Montpellier and a 7-1 demolition of Galtier’s former club, Lille. 

The home side lined up again in the 3-4-3 shape that had brought them success so far and seems to be getting the best out of the superstar front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. Summer signing Renato Sanches started behind them in midfield alongside Marco Verratti, while Achraf Hakimi and Nuno Mendes occupied the flanks as wing-backs. Sergio Ramos, Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe made up the back three. 

Their opponents Monaco endured a tough start to the season, with one win from their three Ligue 1 matches alongside being dumped out of Champions League qualifying by PSV. Philippe Clement opted for a 3-4 . . .

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Josh Manley (21) is a student and aspiring coach. Heavily interested in tactics and strategy in football. Watching teams from all top European leagues, but especially Manchester United and Barcelona. [ View all posts ]

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