Reims defender Yunis Abdelhamid knows how to fix PSG problems
PSG hosted Reims at the Parc des Princes and allowed the visitors to earn one point after drawing 1-1 against the 12th-place Ligue 1 side. Paris Saint-Germain led the game up to the 95th minute and already into added time, only for Arsenal loanee Folarin Balogun to snatch a misplaced pass and score the game-tying goal in the last seconds of injury time.
The Ligue 1 leaders from Paris couldn't do much to break down the defensive pairing of Reims, featuring Emmanuel Agbadou and veteran Yunis Abdelhamid. The latter, who is the captain of Reims, tried to help Galtier after the game by letting him know what is wrong with PSG.
"In the ball exits, playing for the back, it was easy for us because the front three (Neymar, Mbappe, and Messi) do not defend," said Abdelhamid.
Yunis Abdelhamid: "It was easy because PSG front three (Neymar, Mbappe, and Messi) do not defend"
The defender calmly explained the plans that Reims' coach Will Still handed the defenders of his team ahead of the game at PSG. "We knew that from the moment we passed that first line of players from PSG… of course, you always have to make an effort to overcome them, but from the moment you manage to make that effort, then they no longer participate in the defensive tasks of their team," Abdelhamid reasoned.
"This is what we worked on and what we wanted to exploit. That's what we were able to do and that's why we created a lot of chances," he finished. And he was damn right and spot-on with his statements.
Of course, Neymar broke the initial tie and scored the opening goal before Marco Verratti got sent off with a straight red card for a tackle on a Reims players. That, though, doesn't mean that PSG were comfortable on the pitch at any point before of that ill-advised play by the Italian.
Coach Christophe Galtier has a plethora of great players available, a team full of world-beating stars, but he doesn't have a clue how to manage and properly use them.
Things must change quickly for the French manager to retain his post, though, with middling results taking place weekly on his watch for more than a month now and Bayern Munich waiting right around the Champions League corner in a couple of weeks.
Only time will tell what is Galtier's fate, but things aren't looking great for the current coach of Paris Saint-Germaing.