PSG turned everything upside down … and they needed it – November 2017
Paris had lost its smile. He had been dragging his blues since early spring. Between the disastrous elimination in Barcelona in the Champions League and the loss of its title in favour of Monaco, PSG was given too many reasons to be depressed. His project had taken lead in the wing and the first month of his mercato did not really incite a return to euphoria. It needed a reaction. It has been most spectacular.
Somehow, PSG did not upset anything. He did not allow himself to be won over by panic after his failures last season. He maintained his confidence in Unai Emery, although widely criticized during a complicated first year on the Paris bench. He retained all of his workforce and relied on stability. But he has a more competitive sporting direction with Antero Henrique and Maxwell. That’s what he missed.
It is little to say that the contrast is striking with its market last summer. Marked by the inability of Parisian leaders to recruit top players to compensate for the departures of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Luiz. This summer, Paris has not lost any major elements so far. He managed a nice shot by signing a Dani Alves yet promised the Manchester City Josep Guardiola. And two others, resisting the assaults of Barça for Marco Verratti, before snatching Neymar.
A kick in the anthill
The Brazilian will still have to wait before starting in his new colours. But his arrival has already changed everything. It has swept everything, starting with the European market chessboard. Where PSG has a new place now. That of a club able to get one of the biggest stars of the FC Barcelona by exploding the record of the most expensive transfer of the history. More than a clap of thunder, it is a true earthquake in the world of the powerful. Where the tenors of European football were more used to managing their affairs between themselves.
Paris does not have the palmarès to integrate this club very closed. But he kicked in the anthill. He offered himself the famous right to dream bigger than he could hardly claim last summer. Dani Alves and Neymar are leading players in the Champions League, a competition that the two Brazilians have already won at least once with FC Barcelona. They dramatically raise the overall level of PSG. And already make the club of the capital one of the great attractions of the next Champions League.
While waiting to regain Europe, Paris has already changed its image. And of dimension. Its leaders were able to relaunch a project that was beginning to stammer. By employing uncommon means, it will be up to the club of the capital to regain all its authority over the field. Because, after having ignited the market of the transfers, it is on the ground that Paris will have to accomplish its reconquest.
Translated from Vincent Bregevin – Eurosport