Paris Saint-Germain – Girondins De Bordeaux: PSG Heal Their Wound In Weird Game (4-3)

In the game following the Champions League defeat against Dortmund, PSG won against Bordeaux, yett failed to reassure completely because of defensive fragility and a set of new unavailable players.
Tactical analysis and match report by Simon Piotr

After a game that went the wrong way tactically in Dortmund - in a 3-4-3 formation -PSG manager Thomas Tuchel did not carry on with this formation and got back to the 4-2-2-2 system PSG were playing in for the last months. Neymar was fielded as the left midfielder, Ángel Di María on the right, but quite surprisingly it was Edison Cavani alongside Kylian Mbappé up front. Mauro Icardi, currently out of shape and a tad overweight, was left on the bench. 

Not having lost a game since the 11th of January against Lyon, Bordeaux came to the Parc des Princes in a positive shape. Bordeaux manager Paulo Souza lined his team up in a 5-4-1 shape, a more defensive version of the back three system he generally uses against tougher opponents. 

PSG play well despite Bordeaux opening the scoring 
Back in the system they have known the most of this season, PSG immediately started to show signs of fluid play. Of course the main pattern of play was to build on the left with Verratti trying to find Neymar between the lines. However, the animation differed from what it would usually be. 

We usually see PSG’s 4-2-2-2 shape in a clear asymmetrical organisation, meaning that the left back would be in a conservative position compared to the right back Meunier, who would play as a right winger. 

Given the fact Meunier will . . .

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