Paris Saint-Germain’s Japanese tour was flawless! Three wins in three matches for Christophe Galtier’s men with a total of 11 goals scored and 3 goals conceded. This gathering on Japanese soil allowed the former manager of OGC Nice to get to know his men and get a very precise idea of his workforce.
These meetings allowed him to take stock of certain players a few days before the Trophée des Champions and the resumption of the Championship. Who stood out? Who has lost credit with the staff and the Parisian management? Here are the tops and flops of the Japan Tour.
What if Neymar had a thunderous 2022-2023 exercise? The Brazilian put out some great performances during this Japan Tower with two goals. The Parisian number 10 shone and above all seemed sharp and ready physically and technically. He delighted the crowd with his various technical gestures and his luminous passes which misaligned and broke the opposing lines.
Aligned by Christophe Galtier as a right attacker in a 3-4-1-2, he was able to adapt to his new position. Free of his movements, the auriverde artist played like a free electron where he often took the depth but also evolved as a real playmaker.
The French coach can be satisfied with the performances of his player who should be an essential element of the workforce, if he is spared from physical glitches and if the management does not decide to push him out in the coming weeks…
The surprise of this tour is called Arnaud Kalimuendo. Two goals in three matches for the former Lensois. The Parisian striker has shown that he has the level to win in this squad made up of great players. His passion, his aggressiveness, his speed and his sense of goal made the difference each time he entered the field.
His performances have pleased the Parisian staff who would not be against keeping him this season and bringing him into the rotation. The Parisian titi brought a real plus. His profile is not to be neglected and corresponds perfectly to the game plan that Christophe Galtier wants to install.
16 years old, but he plays as if he were 30. The young Warren Zaire-Emery is one of the nuggets of the Parisian training center and clearly the revelation of this internship in Japan. The French midfielder signed his first professional contract with PSG on July 15. Two matches played for the new Parisian number 33 who impressed his world whether it was his coach, his teammates or the various observers.
His serenity, his calm and his technical accuracy fascinate. At only 16 years old, he has demonstrated that he has the ability to settle in the team for the long term. So yes, these are only friendly matches, but he is one of the big winners of this Japanese trip. It promises!
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It’s not really a surprise to see Mauro Icardi among the flops of this Asian tour. As for several months, the Argentinian did not stand out and was once again disappointed. Despite an assist for Pablo Sarabia in the second game against Urawa, the number 9 was transparent and non-existent in his team’s game.
Worse still, he did not create the slightest clear situation in front of goal during his outings. Undesirable in the eyes of Parisian leaders and supporters, his adventure within the Ile-de-France club is logically coming to an end.
Good and bad for Gigio Donnarumma during this Japanese tour. Designated goalkeeper number 1 by Christophe Galtier, the Italian goalkeeper did not completely reassure his people against Kawasaki Frontale and Osaka. Despite some classy parades, the former Milanese conceded two goals and showed some signs of feverishness in certain situations, particularly aerial ones. His kicking game also worried observers a bit. The Madrid syndrome still in his head?
The Spanish defender did not display a brilliant level of play against the Japanese teams. Positioned on the right axis of the three-man defense of Christophe Galtier, Sergio Ramos experienced some difficulties. His positioning posed problems in certain defensive phases. He was at times caught in default behind his back by poorly managing the depth. Adverse actions that created frank situations, which were fortunately well managed by the collective.