Appreciated from the stands of the Parc des Princes during his time at PSG between 2006 and 2011, Sammy Traoré retains a particular affection for the club in the capital. Tuesday evening, in front of his screen, the one who is now coach of Choisy-le-Roi (R2) was however quite critical in the face of the failed performance of Neymar and his band against Manchester United (1-2).
How do you see the defeat of PSG?
SAMMY TRAORE. Of the ninety minutes, there is nothing to say, the defeat makes sense. The clearest opportunities are to the credit of Manchester United. If there is no Navas in the goal, it can even end at 3-1.
What went wrong?
The starting composition is a bit of a problem for me. I’m not at the heart of the group but I wonder why Marquinhos did not play, it would have avoided seeing Abdou Diallo in difficulty. It may also have lacked ambition in the choice of men. I wonder about aligning Danilo in a low point in a 4-3-3 and associating him with Herrera and Gueye. It is not these players who are able to offer you offensive solutions and take you forward. In the second period, the coach made changes, but the whole remained sluggish. What bothers me the most is that I did not feel Paris in the aggressiveness of a Champions League match, I did not see the desire to be respected and to impose its rhythm home.
The attack was also disappointing …
When Neymar and Mbappé only play both, it’s not possible. They try technical feats, try to make a difference all the time on their own and only give the ball when they are in the m…. Tuchel will have to bang his fist on the table, it is the management players who must get you out of this kind of situation. Since the departure of Thiago Silva, I have the impression that there is no longer a boss in the field… I think Tuchel knows it. It’s the first time I’ve seen him banned, without saying a word on the bench. He seemed disillusioned to me. I don’t know if it’s an abuse of weakness or if he was just waiting until half-time to put things back in order.
Can we nevertheless find extenuating circumstances in Paris?
The absence of the public, which was not there to support them, to wake them up, was inevitably detrimental in Paris. The camera favors the opposing team without a doubt. Then we can find excuses for them. But it is clear that everyone has missed out, from the staff to the players. Navas certainly showed he was a top class keeper, Kimpembe was there too. But the three in the middle have been struggling the entire game. Neymar, did not do enough, on a match like that, it’s too weak. Mbappé tried in spurts, individually, but it was too far-fetched. Neymar playmaker behind Mbappé and another striker can yet have fun. They have so many qualities that there, necessarily, we are critical. Especially since it starts badly, you lose at home, against your direct competitor in first place. Tuchel must put the dots on the i’s again, otherwise it won’t go forward.
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