PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN TRIO ARE FINALLY THRIVING TOGETHER AT THE PARC DES PRINCES
Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe have had an explosive start to the new season, combining for 32 goals and assists so far this season as they enjoy Galtier’s 3-4-3 configuration. Neymar and Messi have 22 goals and assists in six games this season, compared to 36 total last season. PSG have three centre-backs who can play possession-based football, with Sergio Ramos and Marquinhos’ passing range and Presnel Kimpembe’s ability to carry the ball into midfield.
A midfield double pivot sits in front of the three centre backs. Galtier appears to have agreed on a first-choice pairing of club legend Marco Verratti and new recruit Vitinha, who previously played for Wolves in the Premier League. Verratti (averaging 83 passes per game) is often encouraged to push higher up the pitch and initiate combination play with the wing-backs and front three, whereas Vitinha (52 passes per game) is often encouraged to push higher up the pitch and initiate combination play with the wing-backs and front three.
This midfield dynamic has kept the front three connected to the rest of the team’s buildup. While PSG’s wing-backs are allowed to get high up the pitch, Galtier also wants them to stay wide and focus on stretching the pitch to create space, rather than moving infield. The positional freedom is afforded to the players inside of the wing-backs: Neymar, Mbappe and Messi. PSG’s outstanding attacking trio can now play closer to each other and combine thanks to the width afforded by the wing-backs.
All three players have exceptional technical ability, which has resulted in some breathtaking final-third manoeuvres. Messi and Neymar now have six assists each in the league this season, making them the top two assist providers in all five European leagues.