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"You can not defend with seven players": the charge of Thierry Henry towards the trio of PSG Messi-Neymar-Mbappé


The former French international blasted the lack of defensive withdrawal of the Parisian attacking trio after the defeat of PSG on the lawn of M

Does PSG form a block of eleven players?

The question arises among many observers the day after the poor Parisian performance on the lawn of Manchester City, by a paradoxically narrow defeat (2-1).

Thierry Henry, who follows PSG in Ligue 1 for Prime Video and the Champions League for the American group CBS, bluntly attacked the range of attackers Messi-Neymar-Mbappé.

By their lack of effort on the phases without the ball, the three would, according to him, be responsible for the disorganization and the defensive vulnerability of the Parisian collective.

“If you want to win the Champions League, you can't defend with seven players,” he said on Wednesday night. It is impossible, no matter who you are. You can see it on the second goal, the whole defense is exposed. The full-backs are exposed, so it's practically a three-on-one, three-on-two on the pitch. The team that wins titles - and even more the Champions League - has its three attackers facing the ball. This is the bare minimum. This way, the full-backs will feel more comfortable with what is going on behind them. But for the moment, they are too exposed ”.

“Pochettino has to get out of the club.

If he has the chance to go to Manchester United.

I would be gone tomorrow and it's because of those 3 stars ”@ carra23 and Thierry Henry talk about the way PSG are shaped 👀

- CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) November 24, 2021

Ineluctably, his observation raises the question of Mauricio Pochettino's authority.

The Argentine coach persists in aligning his three stars at the same time costs as soon as he can.

According to Henry, this choice is certainly not prejudicial in Ligue 1 but quickly becomes perilous in the face of a European cador capable of maintaining a high intensity.

"The teams in France can not expose them, but Manchester City can," he said, before pointing the finger at the leeway of the coach.

“Pochettino is sometimes not allowed to be Pochettino with this team.

How do you remove Messi, Mbappé or Neymar from the field?

So he put Ángel Di María in midfield (replacing Gueye in the 67th editor's note), but he too was exposed and did not help.


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More cynically, he ended his intervention by recalling the successes of Thomas Tuchel (in the Champions League with Chelsea) and Unai Emery (in the Europa League with Villarreal), two coaches who tasted the final victory after failing to win a European title on the galactic bench of PSG.

Jamie Carragher, former defender of Liverpool and the Three Lions and also a consultant for the CBS, he bluntly advised Pochettino to pack his bags to escape the "MNM".

“Pochettino must leave this club (…) If he has the chance to go to Manchester United… I would be gone tomorrow.

I honestly would and it's because of these three stars.


Source: leparis

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