PSG led by Mauricio Pochettino faces their next champions league encounter playing Manchester City. In the opening UCL match for the new campaign, PSG was held in a 1-1 draw against Club Brugge. A star-studded PSG team were outplayed and outsmarted by a supposed "small club". A team that had Leo Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar at its disposal struggled to dominate the Belgian club.
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To prevent this scenario from repeating itself against a stronger team, Man City, here are 3 mistakes Pochettino should avoid:
Use Messi in the Right Position
Pochettino should endeavour to use Lionel Messi as the number 10— the playmaker who sets the pace from the middle. Messi is most effective in that position. Pochettino playing him wide as a winger negates Messi's potency.
Through the middle as a playmaker, he can dictate the tempo and intensity of the attack with smart runs and killer passes to Mbappe and Neymar.
Use the Right Formation and Players
Pochettino should start a more solid team in the midfield and a suitable formation. PSG lost the midfield to Brugge in the last tie. That was what made the PSG attack ineffective as they couldn't receive sufficient passes to move towards Brugge's defence. Wijnaldum should be benched and Draxler taking his place in the starting line-up. With Draxler as an attacking midfielder sufficient passes could be distributed to the forwards and his partnership and understanding with Neymar would be very dangerous for City's defenders.
Using The Right Combination
Pochettino must understand that it is not a must to field all your best players at once on the pitch. A few of them can play from the bench and bring a much better impact. The manager should avoid trying to pack all the star players in the starting eleven at a go. He should learn to use high impact players like Di Maria, Veratti and Wijnaldum from the bench at the appropriate time.
Using players judging by their strengths according to the opposition club the team faces will be beneficial for the team.
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