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PSG: Tuchel confides in 4-4-2

Arthur Merle, published on Tuesday January 14, 2020 at 1:56 p.m.

On the eve of a new meeting against Monaco in L1, Thomas Tuchel spoke at length on Tuesday about the 4-4-2 he still used against Monaco (3-3), Sunday evening.

The 4-4-2 and the "fantastic four". This is THE hot topic surrounding Paris Saint-Germain in recent weeks. This organization, which brings together Neymar, Mbappé, Icardi and Di Maria, has given satisfaction on several occasions, offering the Ile-de-France club an invaluable attacking potential. But it was also accompanied by certain limits, highlighted Sunday evening against Monaco (3-3). What to question everything? Certainly not, according to Thomas Tuchel: “The 4-4-2? We must be careful, we will adjust, explained the Parisian coach to the press. But the problems are the same when we play in 4-3-3, in 4-4-2. With some details that vary depending on these two structures. There are matches like Galatasaray where we win 5-0, others like Sunday. But we cannot react all the time depending on the result. If we improve certain details, we will have good opportunities to win. ”

Tuchel: "You can't always adjust the system"

The German technician thus insisted on insisting on this point. "We cannot always adjust the system, we always talk about that, but it is not the most important", he explained, imitated in the stride by his defender Thilo Kehrer: "We focus on basics of the game, it's more important than the system. ” But while Paris will move to Monaco on Wednesday for the return match between the two teams, this system will once again be closely scrutinized. Particularly because the Monegasque opposition could be a taste of what will await the Ile-de-France club against Dortmund in C1, in February: "Monaco is tomorrow, Dortmund is in February. If we are missing attackers, we will not play in 4-4-2. Against Dortmund, we will have to find solutions but I don't think about it for a second ”, however, cut Tuchel on this subject.

Tuchel: "Mbappé-Icardi? It's very difficult to defend ”

If it is at the heart of the questions, this organization has at least one merit: that of offering spectacle to the supporters. Thanks to a fit Neymar, in particular, but also to a duo Mbappé-Icardi which works: “Yes, Mbappé-Icardi, it reminds me of the duet with Falcao. He has the same personality as Mauro, who likes to play like a real boy. And Kylian likes to play around to use his speed. It's a good combination, they like to play together and are dangerous together. We still have two players on the last line and it's very difficult to defend. ” Few can say otherwise. Wednesday, Paris will inevitably want to confirm this very good offensive health. And if it is accompanied by a more compact defensive structure, the questions will be much fewer …