PSG: Triple defense, Neymar in good shape, Vitinha integration... What to remember from the tour in Japan?
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PSG: Triple defense, Neymar in good shape, Vitinha integration… What to remember from the tour in Japan?

Paris Saint-Germain completed its preparatory tour in Japan with three victories against local teams. The residence that allowed Christoph Galtier to develop a new tactical plan. With a three-man defense, the participation of Neymar, the first steps of Vitina or the emergence of young Warren Zaire Emery.

Galtier chose his system

He announced it as soon as he arrived. This was confirmed during this tour in Japan. During the three preliminary matches, against Kawasaki Frontale (2-1), Urawa Reds (3-0) and Gamba Osaka (6-2), Christoph Galtier opted for the same tactical scheme. Unlike Mauricio Pochettino, his predecessor, the new PSG coach chose to voice his team at 3-4-1-2. With three central defenders, two presses on the flanks, two midfielders and three forwards. A system in which the Parisians scored three victories against teams within their reach. In addition to the results and the difficult weather conditions (heat and humidity), the content of the matches highlighted noticeable changes. Both sides of the field.

In this device, Kylian Mbappé’s colleagues create a set of dangerous situations. What satisfies their coach: “The players’ DNA is to play, attack and score as many goals as possible and we shouldn’t try to change that.” But Gallitter also noticed the mistakes of his back guard, often in difficulty and at times very isolated from the rest of the team. “We have to be more organized, less chaotic and show a tougher face in the upcoming matches,” the 55-year-old said.

The trio of stars in the foreground

This is one of the main questions of the summer. Will Neymar stay in Paris? The Brazilian No. 10 reiterates his desire to continue his adventure in the capital that he started five years ago. With the contract recently automatically extended until 2027, the 30-year-old artist does not want to pack up. Despite this ambiguous context, the flute appeared smiling and engaged on Japanese soil. Returning from his holidays, he showed some interesting things during this “Japan Tour”, which concluded with a double against Gamba Osaka (including a penalty kick).

Gallier expressed his delight at being able to count on him, linking him with Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe. The trio that Galette should count on in the coming weeks. At least to start the season. Pending the inclusion of Hugo Ikitiki (who was not in Japan) or the appointment of a new striker, Neymar, Messi and Mbappe appear to be part of the PSG’s attacking lineup. If they stay, Arnaud Kalimundo and Pablo Sarabia should be content with an alternate role, while Mauro Icardi is still a shadow of himself and Julian Draxler has been sidelined.

Vietnam integration

He is finally the only recruit who participated in this stay in the Land of the Rising Sun. Vitinha took the opportunity to get to know her new partners better. The midfielder has also refined his integration on the field, with a rather promising performance. The former Porto (recruited with over €40m) was particularly impressed with his touch of the ball, his perspective and the quality of his passing in midfield, along with Marco Verratti, Idrissa Guy or Leandro Paredes.

Like Caviar of Nuno Mendes against Gamba Osaka, the Portugal international (3 picks) is able to bring danger with his panoramic vision and knows how to break lines with the ball at his feet. But his baptism in Paris was also marked by inaccuracy, a certain reserve, and a lack of toughness in fencing. No doubt he was afraid, he had not yet left him among his illustrious colleagues.

Ramos’ chain walks

He played 843 minutes last season (in all competitions). That equates to just over 9 full matches. Misery for Sergio Ramos, who caused physical problems after signing for Paris Saint-Germain in July 2021. Enough to create great frustration among the supporters of the French champions. Having begun individual preparations at the start of the summer, the Spanish defender has taken advantage of this Asian trip to get back on his feet again. The 36-year-old director participated in the three preparatory meetings. In a correct central role, which he did not always highlight.

Grinta, his experience and technical quality allowed him to fill his position. without getting hurt. But his concentration and lack of speed sometimes endanger Paris. His relationship with Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe remains largely perfect. The three warriors would have to work on their mechanism to form a less permeable wall. While waiting for other potential recruits in the sector, Ramos’ return to action continues to be excellent news for PSG.

Kalimundo and Sarabia back

With two goals in three matches, he emerged in Japan. Once again after the final loan loan to Lens, Arno Calimuindo scored points in Christoph Galtier’s mind. The Parisian coach also praised his young striker for his efforts, vitality and ability to go deeper. His good humor was also appreciated. Something to delight the 20-year-old forward, who hopes to stay with his coaching club this season, even if his departure is not ruled out in the event of an interesting offer.

Pablo Sarabia is in somewhat the same situation. The Spanish winger, who returned from a successful loan spell at Sporting, also scored two goals in three matches. Eager to find a place in the red and blue locker room, he sent a clear message to his leaders. With several successful copies. In another record, Keylor Navas made his talent talk about beating the Urawa Reds, by hitting impressive stops. But the Costa Rican goalkeeper will start the season as a substitute for Gianluigi Donnarumma, who has not always been reassured in his interventions.

The emergence of Zaire Emery

He is presented as one of the most talented of his generation. away from the Paris area. At just 16 years old, Warren Zaire Emery remembered why during this training in Japan. The Montreux native, who recently signed his first professional contract (until 2025), made his debut in the red and blue jersey. Galtier offered him time to play against the Kawasaki Frontale, before starting it against the Urawa Reds alongside Marco Verratti. Despite his young age, the Parisian Titi admired his physical and artistic maturity. To the extent of applying for a place in the rotation this season? It is not impossible.

The unwanted are always present

This is one of PSG’s big projects this season. It is not progressing at the moment. While the capital club wants to part with many players, nothing has changed so far. The unwanted are still there. Some, such as Ander Herrera or Julian Draxler, were left in Camp des Loges. But others have been moved to Japan, slightly by default. None of them withdrew from the game during the three friendlies organized at the site. Danilo Pereira, Tilo Kahrer and Abdou Diallo appeared to be specific in the center of the defence. Idrissa Guy and Leandro Paredes didn’t weigh much in the middle and Mauro Icardi wasn’t there in attack. A huge problem that Paris must solve quickly to reduce its forces and eventually speed up its recruitment.

Alexandre Jaquin (with PA)

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