A damning indictment from the captain on a man who Bayern Munich head honcho, Uli Hoeneß, advised PSG they should separate from due to his incompetent handling of negotiations between PSG and Bayern over the transfer of Jerome Boateng. A move that ultimately broke down.
Based on reports now emanating from Paris, Henrique and Thomas Tuchel are no longer on speaking terms, and that should come as no shock as the Brazilian was said to be against the hiring of the German from the get go. That likely explains why when Antero’s moves for the likes of N’Golo Kante, Alex Sandro, and Boateng failed he refused to look at Tuchel’s list of alternatives that included Julian Weigl and Guerreiro. Instead choosing to focus on the likes of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting from Stoke and Juan Bernat from Bayern. Well, a round of applause for Henrique whose sub par handling of one of the best war-chests in football has left Thomas Tuchel with an unbalanced team with lackluster midfield options, and a host of unhappy players and staff.
Tuchel to be creative?
What can be done? Well Tuchel would certainly have loved to be reunited with Weigl in the summer, but that doesn’t look like it will happen. The simple truth is that, unless PSG pull a rabbit out of a hat in the January transfer window, their current midfield selection is who Tuchel will have to count on for the rest of the season. This simply means the German might have to become a bit ‘creative’ in an attempt to engineer balance in his team. The German has never been afraid to try new things and he has already shown that this season. Twice in Ligue 1 he has employed Neymar as a pure attacking midfielder. On one occasion the team was set up in a 4-2-3-1 and the other saw them utilise a 3-5-2. Anfield surely wasn’t the right place to pull such experimentation, but as the season progresses Tuchel will likely be faced with scenarios in the Champions League where the unorthodox must be considered.
A 3-5-2 might be the best best. If it’s one thing PSG possesses it is a good group of centre backs to choose from. Utilising an additional defender against the best teams might be the best way to make up for their limitations in the centre of the field. Whatever the case – there is work to be done for PSG. There is no shame in losing to Liverpool, but there should be shame in failing to be adequately prepared.