Gone with summer?
The spirit of Lisbon seems a long way off in the autumnal life of PSG.
A form of gloom followed the beautiful summer with a Champions League final.
The result this Wednesday on the lawn of Manchester United in the European Cup will set the tempo internally for the coming weeks.
This Sunday in the privacy of the Loges camp, Thomas Tuchel returned to the content of the match against Bordeaux (2-2), on which he had already hit at a press conference on Saturday evening.
He particularly regretted the behavior of "eleven individualists".
In front of his players, the coach put the second layer.
Without targeting one element more than another, he pointed to the displayed level of play and complained about the erratic defensive replacement.
In front of Neymar and others, the German also wondered where the state of mind of the Lisbon Final 8 had gone.
In essence, the coach told them that it was absolutely necessary to summon him again or else a crash.
To conclude, Tuchel did not hide his feelings, indicating that if Paris plays as against the Girondins at Old Trafford, it will not pass!
Neymar did not push a rant on Saturday in the locker room of the Parc des Princes after this draw (2-2) to the taste of defeat.
But the second half annoyed him.
In private, the Brazilian star regrets that some play too personal a score.
The remark can make smile coming from a player sometimes essentially soloist, multiplying the keys while the movement rumbles around him.
A real but fragile unit
Everyone ruminates in their corner.
Angel Di Maria no longer hides his moods when Kylian Mbappé has not found the frame for two meetings after his double in Monaco.
Against Leipzig and Bordeaux, the world champion missed out, like a good part of the team.
The recruits, they experience a very different sport acclimatization.
If Danilo Pereira and Rafinha sometimes wonder about their role and their usefulness, Moise Kean comes back to PSG after long hard months at Everton.
Already in love with the city before joining it, he is one of the very few players who is having fun in Paris at the moment.
Kean will undoubtedly join small private meetings as soon as the deconfinement has taken place in France.
For the moment, the regroupings between players are less frequent than a few months ago even if they still exist.
This Sunday, Angel Di Maria, Rafinha, Leandro Paredes or Neymar met to share some good moments.
The day after Bordeaux, they decompressed before diving back into the preparation of Manchester.
The smell of the cleaver match stimulates them.
Conscious of their uncertain level, they are doing their best to wait for better days.
They remain focused on this fifth Champions League match which will tip them to one side, for good or bad.
The group has remobilized, the weight of the season being played is palpable while the defeat against the Mancuniens (1-2) on October 20 had not aroused in the locker room any particular emotion.
This time around, there is an emergency and they want to respond to it.