Champions League French media call for improvements
The elimination of Paris Saint-Germain at the hands of Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League has caused a real earthquake in France.
The response has been so dramatic that a list of 10 instructions for the club has been published in the local media.
France Football suggested how the team should reconstruct if they want to succeed in European competition.
They need players with a winning mentality, players without fear who stand tall in the face of adversity.
The challenge, according to the publication, is to get the winning DNA of teams like Barcelona, Manchester United or Real Madrid.
This does not necessarily imply the sacking of Nasser Al-Khelaifi, but the magazine suggests the club needs an individual who can put all their time and effort into the team.
Their current figurehead is spread thinly between beIN Sports, the Asian Tennis Federation and the organization of the 2022 World Cup.
Since the departure of Leonardo Araujo, nobody has been able to run the sporting side of things as successfully.
This has caused Thomas Tuchel to feel isolated.
The future of Paris Saint-Germain depends heavily on whether or not they can keep their two jewels and capitalise on their talents.
Tuchel has so far understood this aspect and has made the Brazilian a focal point in his plans, with the Frenchman his co-pilot.
The club has sacrificed a lot of build their team around their attack, but other problems have not been solved.
Veteran players like Dani Alves and Gianluigi Buffon are not able to compete at the pace of the Champions League so at times the team is unbalanced and Marco Veratti often plays alone.
Players such as Nicolas Pepe (Lille), Ismaila Sarr (Rennes), Tanguy Ndombele, Houssem Aouar and Ferland Mendy (Lyon) shine in Ligue 1 and France Football understands that they could be good additions to the club.
It would help attract a French audience and boost the image of the club in the country.
Nobody can question Thiago Silva‘s commitment to the team and to the game, but it is time a new leader emerges from the shadows.
The second leg against Manchester United was the 16th game for the club in 2019 and players such as Mbappe, Neymar and Dani Alves had previously participated in games of less importance.
If the club are serious about obtaining the Champions League then they should rest their more talented players ahead of big matches.
France Football criticised the club’s relationship with certain media agencies.
Paris Saint-Germain must overcome any mental blocks standing in their way.
The past is the past and, over time, the traumas will heal.
Perhaps they should hire a specialist to help the team face these games with more confidence.