Lee Kang-in’s name was missing from the starting lineup of Paris Saint-Germain, which will play at home against Newcastle on the 29th in the expected fifth round of the 2023-2024 European Champions League (UCL) group stage, which UEFA released on its official website on the 27th.
UEFA predicted that PSG coach Luis Enrique will start as an attacking midfielder along with Fabian Luis and Manuel Ugarte in a 4-3-3 formation.
UEFA’s predicted lineup is the same as the AS Monaco and Ligue 1 home game on the 25th, except for one front-line striker. In place of Gonzalo Harmus, who spearheaded the attack against Monaco, Randal Kolo Muani will form a three-top with Kylian Mbappe and Usman Dembele.
Coach Enrique, who also used the 4-2-2 formation at the beginning of the season, has been using the 4-3-3 formation more often recently. Lee Kang-in, who made a strong impression by being appointed as a left midfielder in the 4-2-2 formation, happened to be on the bench in the 4th match of the Champions League group stage and Monaco, where the team used the 4-3-3 tactics. 에볼루션 바카라사이트
Coach Enrique seems to have selected Portugal’s national team Vitinha as a better player for the left attacking midfielder position at a time when the main midfielder Warren Zaire Emery was injured in the national team match. Vitinha showed off his aggressive talent by scoring two goals, the second most after Mbappe, in November, including against Monaco.
Based on this, UEFA seems to have expected Enrique to run the match against Newcastle in a similar line-up and similar way to Monaco, which won 5-2.
Enrique also hinted at starting the game with Vitinha. The coach had a press conference in advance one day before the game to invite Vitinha as his national team’s player. This proves that Vitinha is giving strength to Vitinha.
Coach Enrique has been alternately putting in Lee Kang-in and Vitinha this season. As a result, a question naturally asked at a press conference against Newcastle whether Vitinha and Lee Kang-in could coexist, but Enrique said, “No. I think good players can always play together. Both Vitinha and Lee Kang-in can play as wingers and midfielders. Both can start,” leaving open the possibility of coexistence.
Lee Kang-in, who was expanding his position in his team after winning a gold medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games in October, suddenly faced an unfamiliar situation. If PSG is not selected as a starter in this match, which must be won to advance to the round of 16 of the Champs, it would be safe to say that a red flag has been turned on.
PSG has only two wins, two losses and six points in its group league, ranking second in Group F. It is also one point shy of top-ranked Dortmund (seven points) and third-ranked AC Milan (five points). As it is only two points shy of fourth-ranked Newcastle (four points), it may regain its lead depending on the result of the game, but on the contrary, it may fall to the bottom of the group. Referring to Newcastle’s 4-1 victory over Chelsea on the weekend, Enrique said the team should respond well to Newcastle’s strong pressure football.