Manchester United v Paris Saint-Germain: Is Marquinhos extra essential than Mbappe and Neymar to PSG?
When Paris Saint-Germain step out at Previous Trafford with their Champions League marketing campaign on the road in opposition to Manchester United, the concentration is going to fall on a well-recognized duo.
Regardless of his facet’s run to the 2019-20 remaining, Kylian Mbappe has not discovered the online within the competitors since December final 12 months in opposition to Galatasaray.
Two wins and two defeats from their 4 group stage video games this time round means it will be the perfect time for the France ahead to finish that drought and level a transparent path to the knockout levels.
Having come so shut final time round, failure to get out of the group could be the ultimate nail in Neymar’s dream of bringing Champions League glory to the French capital.
Nonetheless, the person who carries the best weight relating to the fortunes of Thomas Tuchel’s facet may simply reside on the different finish of the sphere.
Marquinhos moving into Silva’s footwear
Because the departure of long-serving captain Thiago Silva on the finish of final season, Marquinhos seems more and more essential to PSG’s prospects
Having taken the armband from his fellow Brazil worldwide, the 26-year-old centre-back has proven he might be simply as influential – most just lately in final week’s 1-0 win over RB Leipzig.
“Taking part in increased was additionally the plan in opposition to Leipzig however it was not doable,” Tuchel mentioned when pondering the potential tactical method in opposition to United.
“If the sport requires enjoying low, we’ve to offer solutions on the pitch. That’s the reason it was mandatory to search out defensive options in opposition to Leipzig.”
Marquinhos was the person who got here up with the solutions most of the time, making three interceptions, seven recoveries and conceding a solitary foul over the course of the 90 minutes.
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What occurs to PSG when their skipper just isn’t round this season is maybe much more instructive.
He sat out the opening two video games of the Ligue 1 season with coronavirus, with Tuchel’s threadbare squad struggling back-to-back 1-0 losses versus Lens and Marseille.
Marquinhos’ return sparked a run of eight consecutive victories domestically. He missed the 4-0 win over Nimes attributable to an adductor grievance, which additionally dominated him out of the 2-1 residence reverse in opposition to United.
Both facet of his heroics in opposition to Leipzig, Marquinhos appeared on as PSG misplaced 3-2 at Monaco earlier than being held to a 2-2 draw by Bordeaux final weekend.
Dominating from central areas
In addition to being PSG’s premier centre-back, over the previous 18 months, Marquinhos has additionally made a robust case for being their greatest holding midfielder, presenting Tuchel with a lot to ponder earlier than a sport the place stopping United’s counter-attacking risk is prone to be important.
“I’m not going to reply you now,” he instructed reporters when requested which place Marquinhos would take up.
“That is additionally a query that [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer may be very enthusiastic about, so I can’t inform you.”
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