Spoiler: this is not a tactical analysis. Impossible to realize it two months before the match.
Mediocrity allows analysts to summarize how a future encounter can be, without knowing streaks, individual moments, signings and actuality. Something unintelligible, very system.
This is a clash of titans. Just that a titan is injured.
One of the most attractive duels of the Champions League eighths faces two historic of Europe, Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain. The millions abound, only that the French have known how to use them.
Mourinho’s United is a roller coaster of sensations. One day it loses to a fourth division rival and the other one can beat PSG. Or could. Or will. We do not know, just because it is Manchester United.
The other side, the French monarch: Paris Saint Germain. A team that a year ago “should” hit Real Madrid. Two months passed, they played two games, they failed. A team that has tried to be sold for years as a powerhouse. But that ‘something’ is always missing.
A ‘something’ they can find in Old Trafford. A ‘something’ that they could continue looking for next year.
Perhaps, the PSG can be considered as a successful frame, but when trying to show it to the world, it fails. And again. It will not work. So similar to the Left that frightens.
The whole titan cannot underestimate the injured titan. It does not have the capacity to do so either.
José Mourinho and Manchester United are old friends of the competition. They know about recent failures and little tricks. And while this may not be the most convincing formula, it could be effective. More than we think, even.
All this if the technician manages to arrive to February, of course. It seemed logical. The Champions could be the last ticket of the Portuguese, but Ed Woodward does everything upside down.
The Titans have weapons as millionaire as powerful. One could destroy the other in seconds, especially if the opponent is injured. Only it would have to decide, and it’s not as easy as it seems.
Tuchel does not seem like a technician capable of achieving such a great feat.
We do not imagine a “Tuchel eliminated Manchester United” on the cover of the newspapers.
The technician has so many pieces that, perhaps, he does not think about destroying, but playing a game of chess. Movement after movement, step by step.
And there, at that moment, facing a genius of chess, you can lose everything.
Paris Saint Germain, your duel is against yourself. You have not yet demonstrated the courage to defeat you.
How will you defeat others?