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PSG : Luis Enrique's rotation strategy pays off

PSG : Luis Enrique's rotation strategy pays off

Publish on 04/29 at 23:46 - G. BOXALL


We take a look at how Luis Enrique has rotated his PSG squad with great effect during Les Parisiens' run to a 12th Ligue 1 Uber Eats title

Luis Enrique's adept management of the squad played a pivotal role in Paris Saint-Germain's successful pursuit of their 12th Ligue 1 Uber Eats title. Despite facing the absence of key players like Presnel Kimpembe and Nuno Mendes over extended periods, the Spaniard has successfully crafted a cohesive but interchangeable starting XI that secured PSG's third consecutive league title.

Enrique's ability to adapt to setbacks proved crucial. With Kimpembe and Mendes sidelined, as well as a lack of a defensive midfielder, Enrique utilised strategic solutions which ranged from deploying Vitinha in a deeper role to gradually integrating Bradley Barcola on the left flank.

PSG's 'French' Identity & impactful substitutes

The composition of PSG's starting lineup for the 2023-2024 season showcased a notable reliance on French talent, a departure from previous seasons dominated by international stars. Notably, the attacking trio of Dembélé, Mbappé, and Barcola, all French, replaced renowned figures like Messi and Neymar.

What has also been important is the role played by PSG's more peripheral actors. Players like Manuel Ugarte, Milan Skriniar, and Gonçalo Ramos provided vital support when called upon. We can highlight the good work of Ramos as a big example, after the Portugal international has scored 11 goals in 26 matches when he's been called upon. Let's take a look at some other notable contributions...

PSG's top five substitutes

1. Manuel Ugarte: 23 games, two assists in 1754 minutes played

2. Milan Skriniar: 21 games, 1425 minutes played

3. Gonçalo Ramos: 26 games, 11 goals & one assist in 1275 minutes played

4. Kang-In Lee: 20 games, two goal & three assists in 1247 minutes played

5. Randal Kolo Muani: 25 games, six goals & five assists in 1235 minutes played

>>PSG: Five matches that decided the Ligue 1 title

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