Coach Luis Enrique is sticking to the 4-2-4 tactic. Questions remain about whether it is sustainable.
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) won 3-0 over Strasbourg in the 9th round of the French Ligue 1 of the 2023-24 season held at Parc des Princes in Paris, France at midnight on the 22nd (Korean time). With this, PSG has 18 points (5 wins, 3 draws, 1 loss) and is in second place after Nice (19 points).
Coach Enrique introduced the 4-2-4 formation that was used in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) against Newcastle United. At the time, Coach Enrique used Randal Colo Muani and Gonzalo Hamus as the top two, along with Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele. In midfield were Warren Zaire-Emery and Manuel Ugarte. They operated asymmetrically, with Lucas Hernández on the left and the aggressive Ashraf Hakimi on the right.
It was a fairly aggressive lineup, but the quality was lacking. The strikers relied on individual skills and the competitiveness of the midfield was seriously reduced. They collapsed in vain under Newcastle’s strong pressure. In particular, due to a lack of creativity, the strengths of the attackers were not realized. Coach Enrique followed the same approach in the second half and ended up losing 1-4.
In the midst of receiving tremendous criticism, Coach Enrique said at a press conference at the time, “My tactics were right.” In the next match against Stade Rennes in Ligue 1, coach Enrique, who used the 4-3-3 formation and won 3-1, used the 4-2-4 formation again against Strasbourg. Mbappe and Hamus were in the center, with Bradley Barcola on the left and Lee Kang-in on the right. Vitinha and Fabian Luis were named in midfield.
There were improvements compared to the Newcastle game. Mbappe added mobility by going back and forth between center and left, and Barcola and Vitinha added creativity to the midfield. The play of Lee Kang-in and Carlos Soler switching from the right was also good. Rather than sticking to a 4-2-4 formation, they freely switched between 3-4-3 and 3-3-3-1 formations against Strasbourg.
It was improved, but it was still frustrating. There was no switching between left and right, and the attack was carried out only on one side, which lacked variety. Mbappe’s penalty kick (PK) score and Soler’s additional goal gave them an early lead and a leisurely performance, but their destructive power was low. Coach Enrique removed Barcola and Hamus in the 21st minute of the second half and added Dembele and Colo Muani.온라인카지노
As Dembele moved to the right, Lee Kang-in moved to the left. Kolo Muani made more moves than Hamus. The two caught the ball often, but focused on individual play rather than passing. The game became more frustrating as no conversions were made and no connection was made. Players who had not had a chance before, such as Nordi Mukiele, Labin Kurzawa, and Cher Ndour, were replaced and allowed to adapt to the tactics. With Lewis adding an additional goal, the game ended with PSG winning 3-1.
Unlike the Newcastle game, the result was obtained and the content was also adhered to. France’s ’90min’ also gave an overall decent rating. However, the 4-2-4 formation that Coach Enrique insisted on still seemed to have many problems. They may get a result when playing against Strasbourg, who are one level below them, but when facing a top Ligue 1 or UCL level team, there are areas where they will be attacked. Another big problem with Enrique’s system is that the players’ abilities and chemistry are not working well.