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The manager’s emphasis on defensive rigour and discipline will pay dividends if given time
PSG don’t handle change well. In nearly eight years of QSI rule, the club has rarely deviated from their philosophy of throwing vast sums at celebrity forwards and pandering to their whims, naively persisting with one-dimensional, possession-based football and indulging in rampant short-termism. These ideas have brought swathes of domestic trophies but they also left the team on a plateau. It seems PSG are finally starting to change under Thomas Tuchel but, as this week underlined, the project is in a state of flux. For the club to secure the success it craves, the owners will have to change their habits and finally accept the uncertainty that comes with that.
At first glance, the last few days seem to fit the now almost clichéd PSG they put on an underwhelming display in Europe and then win effortlessly against a Ligue 1 rival. On Wednesday, they were held to a 2-2 home draw to Napoli and then on Sunday Julian Draxler’s injury-time tap-in sealed a 2-0 win in Marseille – a victory that means the club have matched Tottenham’s run of 11 straight wins at the start of the 1960-61 season, a record in Europe’s top five leagues.