Paris-SG now seems to be able to count on the rise in power of players who are not part of the typical team, a boon at the same time as an obligation to play on all levels, as in Ligue 1 in Brest this Sunday (1:00 p.m.). It was one of the satisfactions of Wednesday evening at the Parc des Princes against AC Milan (3-0): Luis Enrique was able to make substitutions once the second goal was scored, in order to spare his managers.
Thus Manuel Ugarte, the powerful recovery midfielder considered essential at the start of the season, and Ousmane Dembélé, with admittedly low statistics but enormous influence in offensive animation, had been replaced by Fabian Ruiz and Kang-in Lee. Without the effectiveness of PSG being affected. The Spanish midfielder produced a clean and technical copy to manage the end of the match, in line with his good performance on October 21 against Strasbourg (3-0), when he scored a nice goal.
As for the Korean, who can play in the middle or on a wing, he seduced with his technique and his dynamism against Milan, and scored the third goal at the end of the match, thanks to a feinting shot from another entrant, the Portuguese striker Gonçalo Ramos. Kang-in Lee “does not lose the ball, generates superiority with his dribbling, he has physical qualities in attack as well as in defense, plus he can play as a right or left winger, inside, in middle, in false 9,” he detailed on Saturday. “It’s something very attractive for a coach, his versatility can make the difference.” Not to mention that Asensio could soon return from his foot injury. Only good news for coach Luis Enrique, who arrived in the summer.
The Spaniard counts on the permanent involvement of all his players and likes to rotate even if he cannot always afford it. “Creating a team means giving confidence to all the players,” he professed on September 29. “I have a lot of options as a coach,” he said on Saturday. But this principle was very theoretical at the very start of the season, when it was necessary to get the machine going both in the Champions League in a difficult group and in Ligue 1, where Monaco and Nice had a string of victories.
The return from selection of Kang-in Lee, who left for several weeks for the Asian Games - which he won with his country - and the rise in level of Fabian Ruiz and Carlos Soler (who also scored against Strasbourg), also add the return from injury of defender Nordi Mukiele and the promise Bradley Barcola. The winger from Lyon has only been playing professionally since January but Luis Enrique sought to quickly give him confidence to make him an option, by starting him against Marseille (4-0) or Clermont (0-0). If he is not impeccable in the game, Barcola displays desire and potential through his dribbling and his liveliness.
So many profiles are applying for a starting place on Sunday at the Francis - Le Blé stadium in Brest. An opponent that the Parisians cannot afford to take lightly, after Nice's victory on Friday and its takeover at the top of Ligue 1, with four points now ahead of PSG and two over Monaco - who will play in Lille on Sunday (3:00 p.m.). But also because Brest is having a good start to the season. Eric Roy's men were leaders for one day and occupy a good fifth place in the standings (15 points), thanks to their cohesion and team mentality, which allowed them to overturn matches that seemed lost like against Lens (3-2) in August.