Did Luis Enrique err in PSG 2-3 FC Barcelona?

The series between PSG and Barcelona had an exciting first chapter, where the Catalans managed to secure the victory
The harsh defeat of PSG against Barcelona at the Parc des Princes.
The harsh defeat of PSG against Barcelona at the Parc des Princes. / Christian Liewig - Corbis/GettyImages

With a 2-3 result, PSG ended up defeated by Barcelona at the Parc des Princes, where the Parisian's lack of concentration in their defensive line to fend off Barcelona's attacks during the match was evident once again.

Paris Saint-Germain took to the field with the following starting XI: Donnarumma; Marquinhos, Lucas Hernandez, Lucas Beraldo, Nuno Mendez; Vitinha, Fabian Ruiz, Kang In Lee; Mbappé, Dembélé, Marco Asensio. The Parisian squad presented a lineup with significant changes, prompted by Hakimi's suspension for this match and the timely recovery of Bradley Barcola and Zaire Emery.

PSG's Defense against Barcelona

However, was this the approach demanded by the match? After the game's development, everything seemed to indicate that Hakimi's absence was very detrimental to PSG's right flank. Furthermore, the idea of ​​deploying Marquinhos on that side did not work out well.

Another significant downside was starting Lucas Beraldo, who lacks experience in such competition, leaving Danilo Pereira and Milan Skriniar on the bench, players with extensive experience in the competition for several years.

PSG's Midfield against Barcelona

In the midfield, there was a noticeable defensive absence considering the characteristics of Vitinha, Fabian Ruiz, and Kang In Lee, whose defensive contribution often falls short in the transitions required for defensive play.

What about Manuel Ugarte? The question revolves around the role the Uruguayan plays in the games he participates in and how he is the fundamental axis to maintain the balance between defense and attack. However, he still does not enter the starting lineup for PSG in the UEFA Champions League.

PSG's Attack against Barcelona

The Parisian attack shone thanks to Ousmane Dembélé's performance, who fulfilled the "law of the former" and stood out for his speed in the game. However, Marco Asensio did not contribute much to PSG's attack and was replaced at the start of the second half by Barcola, who showed a more positive and encouraging display for the team.

Finally, Kylian Mbappé had one of the most challenging matches of his career, as he did not manage to feel comfortable during the 90 minutes due to the solid defense presented by Barcelona against the Bondy-born player.

Paris Saint-Germain must work on their defensive aspects for the return match on April 16th in Spain. While the match at the Parc des Princes revealed a team quite fragile in its defensive lines Luis Enrique's approach was not the most positive for the match presented by Barcelona.

The work during this week will be essential to maintain the hope of the Parisians to turn the series around in Spain.