[pullquote]St Etienne’s coach Galtier is a smart man. Hosts will try to exhaust PSG as much as possible. Even if St Etienne will be down, they won’t change tactic and will continue squeeze the life out of PSG… Ancelotti won’t take any risks (after all he’s got a comfy place over there…) and will make the changes hosts want to… Paddy power offers St Etienne to qualify at 2.00 which is pretty generous.[/pullquote]Hosts are doing just wonderful as of late. Last round vs Valenciennes they completely dominated and imposed the rhythm. However they were not as productive as usual upfront and failed to capitalize on many good opportunities.
The cause for that may be have been the tension, the expectations. It is implied that with consecutive good results expectations also grow exponentially. This may have affected them in a more or less degree.
But it was a different scenario because of the opponent. They were up against a team visibly less valuable and disciplined.
Although not very experienced when it comes to coaching, Galtier sees the game clearly and knows exactly what and when to change. He foresees the way the game will evolve with certain players out or in.
The changes he made last round (Hamouma in – Gradel out) gave St Etienne wings.
We should be fair and admit that he’s got very talented players at his disposal. When Gradel isn’t in form, he can just use Brandao alone.
Behind him there are players like Aubameyang or Cohade (with Guilavogui always ready for the “get on the field” signal). These are agile players with great ball control and vision. They are capable of widening the game on all sides and creating tunnels in any defense.
Fullbacks are also doing a great job advancing a lot. They rely on the support of midfielders Clement and Lemoine for cover.
Central defender Zouma is still out, he resumed training but this game will come too soon for him. In his absence they are using Sall and he’s not that stable. The central defense is their major weakness.
There won’t be many changes in their squad for this game, given the opponent, the home ground and the stage of the competition…
Anyway the defense will look different as Alex was left home. Sakho will most probably be partnering Silva in the central defense. From the group that beat Troyes Pastore and Veratti were also left home but Menez returns after injury.
PSG’s biggest issue is the attitude. They lack a proper fighting spirit and the only way to combat that is through skills and talent, but that isn’t always enough, as football is not only about being good at playing it.
Sadly for them Ancelotti is not a motivator, not the kind to have speeches and give goose bumps. Ancelotti is just there, picking the first eleven from a group filled with potential…
Changes in PSG’s lineup should be expected as the season is long and hard, especially for them, since any wrong step is considered a big disappointment, and the decisive game with Porto for the 1st place in the Champions League group is not that far.
St Etienne’s coach Galtier is a smart man. Hosts will try to exhaust PSG as much as possible. Even if St Etienne will be down, they won’t change tactic and will continue squeeze the life out of PSG… Ancelotti won’t take any risks (after all he’s got a comfy place over there…) and will make the changes hosts want to… Paddy power offers St Etienne to qualify at 2.00 which is pretty generous.