Luis Enrique will be the next coach of PSG. Following his departure from the Spanish national team after the World Cup in Qatar, the Asturian will sign for two seasons with the Parisian club.
Luis Enrique is the ideal coach for a club that has always been characterised by ego and excessive power given to its players. Moreover, Lucho already knows what it’s like to lift the ‘orejona’, a desire that the Parisians are desperate for year after year.
Likewise, PSG are adopting a more logical transfer policy this summer, with profiles that could adapt very well to Luis Enrique’s attractive, dominant and attacking style of play. Names that are not superstars, as they are used to every summer in the French capital, but players with proven track records at their respective clubs, immediate performance and a lot of potential.
If we are talking about Luis Enrique, we are talking about a coach who plays a leading role, with a strong personality, with a unique character and charisma. A coach whose pulse doesn’t tremble when it comes to sitting important players and who is known for uniting the squad around him. This is exactly what PSG needs, someone who cannot be managed by the board or by the heavyweights in the dressing room.
After the departure of Messi, Sergio Ramos and while waiting to see what happens with Kylian Mbappé or Neymar, Luis Enrique is positioned as the main player and the visible face of the next PSG. The person on whom all the media will focus their attention, as he likes it.
In fact, one of the great beneficiaries of the arrival of the Asturian to the Parisian bench could be Neymar Jr. The coach already had the Brazilian in his ranks during the three seasons he coached FC Barcelona, which coincided with the best version of Neymar throughout his career.
Luis Enrique will also find players he used with the Spanish national team, such as Soler, Asensio and Fabián, from whom he can get a particularly good performance. In addition, in the absence of official confirmation, he will have at his disposal profiles, as mentioned above, that are very valid for his style.
Fast, attacking full-backs such as Hakimi and Nuno Mendes. Centre-backs with a good foot on the ball like Marquinhos and Lucas Hernández. Pivots like Ugarte and Verratti. The latter, with his continuity in question, with a lot of distance and quality to provide balance and sense in the circulation of the ball.
Interiors with a lot of mobility and offensive projection such as Kang-in Lee or Soler. And, in the attacking zone, vertical wingers who move quite well in wide areas or inside, such as Asensio, Neymar or Mbappé, plus options of great projection and future such as Zaïre-Emery, Ekitike or Ndour, from whom the Asturian could get a lot of performance.
Luis Enrique arrives at PSG after his time with the Spanish national team, where he was criticised by many, but also supported by others. That’s the thing about Lucho, you either love him or you hate him. We’ll see if the piece that Qatar was looking for to win the Champions League has finally appeared or if it will become their umpteenth fiasco.
In any case, a priori, PSG’s decision to sign him is the right one.
Translated by Marcos Rodríguez.
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