Staff review. In the absence of many internationals who were playing Euro 2020 and the Copa América 2021 and the few physical or viral glitches, Mauricio Pochettino was able to closely observe the young professionals present at Paris SG. Arrived in haste in January, the Argentinian had not yet been able to do so, even if he had launched Édouard Michut and Xavi Simons in particular in the deep end at the end of the season. Faced with Le Mans (4-0), Chambly (2-2) and Augsbourg (2-1), the technician was able to gauge the quality of the training in Paris. This was, moreover, one of his avowed objectives.
“These matches are an opportunity to see a lot of young people, it’s an opportunity for them to test themselves in competition and, for us, to see their behavior. There are very young players, 16-17 years old. The project of the PSG is not only to sign great players, but also to have the identity of club with the young people of the training center. This is what we want to put in place if we can stay here for a long time. It’s important for the club, for the supporters ”, he confided to the microphone of bein Sports before the meeting against the Germans.
Pochettino has seen it all
The message is clear. And in Thilo Kehrer’s opinion, it went well. “I find that the young people have done quite a few things, we can see that there is a lot of potential, we are two weeks away from preparing, we know that everything does not work perfectly, but we are working”, he told bein Sports him too, taken over by Abdou Diallo. “We must congratulate the young people, they were on their feet, they tried to show themselves. Do they have a future at PSG? It’s all the harm I wish them ”, he blurted out. Same story for the captain since the start of the preparation, Idrissa Gueye. “I congratulate the young people who have joined the team, they do a good job, they are attentive and make the necessary efforts to represent PSG well”.
In the satisfactions department, we will obviously note the impact of Simons. The Dutchman has thickened, while retaining his qualities of pressing and percussion. With two goals and two offerings, the former Barça, colt of a certain Mino Raiola, also showed that he could be decisive while maintaining his natural elegance on the ball. Ismaël Gharbi, too, had a statistical impact on these meetings (2 goals and a penalty caused). Very thin, he has a profile that can unbalance the opposing defenses despite his very young age.
Simons and Gharbi headlining, but not only
Powerful, Eric Dina Ebimbe already knows the high level since he comes out of two loans at Le Havre (25 L2 matches) then in Dijon (30 L1 matches). He showed, in a two-man environment, that he could be of service. Arnaud Kalimuendo, back from a successful loan at Lens (7 goals in 28 appearances in Ligue 1), has proven that he too had a chance to seize, thanks to the variety of his calls and his back shot in the foot. Bandiougou Fadiga, back from Brest (4 small appearances only), scored a magnificent goal against Chambly, then not having as much playing time.
Right-back Nathan Bitumazala also showed some interesting qualities in his corridor. El Chadaille Bitshiabu, considered very promising at just 16 years old, has shown undeniable qualities in anticipation, power and recovery, but also some jumps in concentration which can be fatal at a very high level. In any case, they were able to show themselves. We will see, with the return of the internationals in the coming days, who will be able to win over time and, who knows, scratch a place in the gargantuan workforce of vice-champions of France.