What went wrong for Neymar at PSG

PSG: Transfer market went wrong

The summer transfer market was not a good star at Paris St. Germain. Two positions should be filled: Juan Bernat from FC Bayern was the new left-back on Deadline Day. No one was found for the six. What the star ensemble can easily compensate for in Ligue 1 turned out to be a big problem at the Champions League opener against Liverpool.

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Overall, PSG could not oppose the Reds, especially physically. In the midfield center, the rather coarse Henderson, Milner and Wijnaldum dominated against Rabiot, the trained winger Di María and the actual central defender Marquinhos. The highly praised Paris offensive around Neymar and Mbappé therefore rarely came in a situation where it could show its quality.

Bernat's poor defensive performance yesterday was almost even more serious. In the duel with the not even outstanding Salah, the former Bavarian was often left behind. The inglorious highlight of his hapless appearance was his naive penalty foul against Wijnaldum.

A lot of money, little strategy

Measured against the financial possibilities, the transfer market was, from the point of view of the Nobel Club from the Seine, an indictment of poverty. The commitment of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting also raises questions. A relatively young statement from Uli Hoeneß comes to mind, which PSG sports director Antero Henrique denied competence in the course of the Boateng negotiations: "I would advise Paris Saint-Germain to change its sporting director. This man is not a figurehead for this club. If PSG wants to be a world club, the club cannot afford such a sports director.“

And according to what we know so far, this - albeit presumptuous - statement has its raison d'etre. The French squad is unbalanced. Apart from old master Lassana Diarra, there is no player who could give the clearer in midfield in tight games. The problem on the left-back position was also apparently not adequately resolved. Bernat is a good kicker, but he wasn't known for his defensive skills even during the Bayern days.