Season Preview: Paris Saint-Germain

The French Ligue 1 kicks off on Friday with Champions PSG playing the opener away from home against Bastia. With new head coach Unai Emery, how will PSG line up during the season?

  1. TRANSFER SEASON IMPACT

Unai Emery’s men have lost the services of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. But they have managed to sign Jese Rodriguez from Real Madrid. How will these changes affect the line up that will be fielded by new coach Unai Emery? The pre-season was promising for the fans after wins against West Brom, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Leicester City and finally a triumph against Lyon in the Super Cup.

2. PLAYING STYLE

Emery is most likely to employ either an attacking 4–2–3–1 formation which is most likely to be the PSG formation for the season. However, he might succeed with a 4–3–3 formation where Di Maria plays in midfield where he impressed for Ancelotti’s Madrid side that won La Decima back in 2014.

Kevin Trapp is most likely to start between the posts. Aurier and Meunier will compete fiercely for the right back position, while Thiago Silva and David Luiz will have reserved position in center backs. Kurzawa is more likely to be the first choice left back ahead of Maxwell. In midfield, Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi will probably start in case Matuidi remained in the French capital. Di Maria, Jese and Pastore are the trio behind striker Edinson Cavani. Lucas Moura could also play at right wing in case if Emery opted to play Di Maria as an attacking midfielder behind Cavani. In this case, Pastore would settle for a place on the bench.

3. FORMATION

4-2-3-1 Formation

The other formation is a 4–3–3 formation which I personally prefer with Pastore settling for a place on the bench and Lucas Moura playing on the right wing, and Verratti holding the midfield alone behind Matuidi who will have more freedom going forward. The image below shows the different possibilities that Emery has with Maxwell and Aurier at full backs.

4-3-3 Formation

4. NEXT MATCH

The French Champions will be looking to start their season with three points away from home against Bastia on Friday. A positive start is very important for Emery’s side and could give the boost in confidence they need to deliver what is expected to be the greatest season in the club’s small history.

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