The last time the PSG has passed the stage of the knockout stages of the Champions League, it was under the command of Laurent Blanc, coach from 2013 to 2016. Humiliated by FC Barcelona in 2017, eliminated without blinking by the Real Madrid in 2018 under the orders of Unai Emery, the club of the capital is today in bad position, with Thomas Tuchel on the bench, with the aim of leaving a group especially raised. Should we therefore regret the White Age? The latter had not survived a further failure in the quarterfinals in 2016 against Manchester City, where his tactical move (a 3-5-2 at Etihad Stadium) had not borne fruit. But he necessarily has a wary eye on the current situation of the PSG in the European competition.
Questioned by The Gazzetta dello Sport, the French coach first evoked the raised level of the hen. "The group is very difficult, with Liverpool, finalist of the last edition of the Champions League and used to play the title in the Premier League and Naples in constant progression for 4-5 years in Italy and Europe. It is not abnormal that the PSG is in an uncomfortable situation ». Then he pointed out the big difference between the national championship and the European competition, which does not play in favor of the Ile-de-France club. "In recent years, the Champions League has become spectacular and difficult, with the best teams and the best players. At this level, every detail counts. However, the PSG pays the fact of dominating too easily in France and when he faces teams of his level, he may be in difficulty. "
As a former coach of the PSG, Laurent Blanc necessarily offers an interesting vision of things. And he knows better than anyone the strengths and weaknesses of this team where we still find many of his former flock. "In football it's often the midfielder who wins the matches. PSG still has players who love ball possession and who dominate. When they are forced to defend and suffer, they have problems. " Indeed, the meetings against Liverpool and Naples have once again validated this finding, which at the same time creates a lot of fears among Paris fans a few hours of the match in Naples.