PSG-Monaco: 1 year later, what has changed. The Champions Trophy takes place this Saturday (2 pm) in Shenzhen, China, with a remake of the 2017 edition between PSG and Monaco. From one year to the next, many things have changed on both sides.
PSG is (yet) passed in another galaxy
Paris Saint-Germain’s summer Mercato 2017 will undoubtedly remain in the history of football. But he only fascinated in the month of August. On July 29, the date of the Champions Trophy last year, only Yuri Berchiche and Dani Alves had already arrived in the capital. The first was not on the score sheet, while the second was distinguished by equalizing and then offering the goal of victory to Adrien Rabiot. At that time, Neymar was still in the phase of “Queda” in Barcelona with Gerard Piqué, and Kylian Mbappéplayed in the opposing camp, with the Monaco jersey. A year later, the latter and Neymar evolve at PSG, just like Gianluigi Buffon, arrived on July 6. Javier Pastore, the holder that day, retired Thiago Motta and Blaise Matuidi, on the bench, are no longer there, but the club of the capital has indeed changed size, again.
Monaco has (yet) been stripped
There is a constant on the transfer market in recent years: Paris Saint-Germain recruits, sometimes in number, often in quality, and AS Monaco is looted. Since the 2017 Champions Trophy, it has been confirmed again. At the time, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Tiémoué Bakayoko or Valère Germain had already left, but the reigning French champion still counted Kylian Mbappé in his ranks. Of the team of this end of July 2017, many executives are still gone. Mbappé thus passed in the opposite camp a month later. This summer, Fabinho went to Liverpool, Thomas Lemar to Atlético Madrid, and João Moutinho to Wolverhampton. Leonardo Jardim has once again everything to rebuild. And there is still a month of the transfer window, and players like Radamel Falcao,
Thomas Tuchel arrived on the Parisian bench
Last year, Unai Emery was seated on the bench of Paris Saint-Germain, well installed since one season, in spite of the lost Championship and the historical remount of FC Barcelona. This 2018 Trophy of Champions will be the opportunity to discover Thomas Tuchel, who replaced him, for his first official match with the club of the capital. His arrival was accompanied by promises of revolution within PSG, the German coach having more or less full powers to manage his locker room and field. If we already knew the Paris of Unai Emery last year, we are still a little vague about that of Thomas Tuchel, that we have seen essentially evolve with young people during the preparation, and often in 3-4 –3 innovative. The availability of the majority of South American players from the
This year, Monaco does not come out of an exceptional season
It seems now far away, but AS Monaco was approaching the 2017 Champions Trophy as the reigning French champions, after a gleaned crown without any possible dispute in the 2016-2017 financial year. With 95 points, the players of the Rock had walked on Ligue 1, and panicked the counters (107 goals scored). With its Champions League semi-final, having eliminated Manchester City (3-5, 3-1) and Dortmund (3-2, 3-1), Monaco had succeeded where PSG has always failed from the start of the Qatari era: pass the quarter-finals. But this year, this euphoria seems far away. The Principality’s club has managed to climb to second place in the Championship, but without generating a great passion. The European course has been catastrophic, with elimination in the group stage of the Champions League, without even being transferred to the Europa League. Monaco is clearly less scary today.
Preparedness was less successful in both camps
World Cup requires the 2017-2018 season many players ended later than usual. Thus, several members of the two squads were still treading the Russian turf as their respective clubs started the summer preparations. With staggered holidays for everyone, the internationals have come back drop by drop, and most are not at the peak of their fitness one week of the resumption of the Ligue 1. Thus, on the Paris side, the world champions Alphonse Areola, Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappé will not be present, as will Djibril Sidibé and the unhappy finalist Danijel Subasic from Monaco. Semi-finalist Thomas Meunier will also be absent for Paris. Brazilian Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Neymar have just returned from vacation, like Yuri Tielemans and Radamel Falcao on the side of the Rock. The two teams on the lawn of Shenzhen this Saturday will be less competitive than Tangier in 2017.