Like the first team of Christophe Galtier, the young people of PSG also won against Juventus at Camp des Loges on Tuesday (5-3). Zoumana Camara’s troupe set the tone and signed a remarkable part. Warren Zaire-Emery or even Ilyes Housni notably shone.
The youngsters of PSG have started their Youth League campaign in the best possible way. Eliminated in the quarterfinals last season, Zoumana Camara’s squad had an appointment with an opponent from the last four of the last edition, Juventus. At Camp des Loges, the Parisians dictated the opening game by signing an exceptional start to the game and punctuated by two goals in quick succession in the first minutes of play by Ilyes Housni and Warren Zaire-Emery.
Despite a reduction in the score of the Old Lady, PSG will not be discouraged and will quickly resume their recital. Ilyes Housni scored twice before Ismaël Gharbi and Noah Lemina came to allow the capital club to lead 5-1 at halftime. The second period will be quieter, the two late achievements of Juventus not allowing the Italians to come back to the score. Faced with a robust opponent and announced among the favorites of the competition, PSG and its entry into the matter did not go unnoticed.
A system with three defenders which gave satisfaction
For his second season on the national U19 bench, Zoumana Camara made a major tactical change, opting for a scheme with three axial defenders as Christophe Galtier was able to do with the first team. A system that does not respond to PSG’s desire to train players in this device with a view to integrating the first team, recalled the former Parisian player after the match.
“No one asked me anything. I calibrate the systems according to the quality of the players I have. I have three central defenders – Chad (El Chadaille Bitshiabu) who was with the pros, Veliz (Fernandez), and (Younes) El Hannach, who were with us last season. Today, I’m in player development. I can’t afford to sacrifice players with strong potential and put one on the bench when I have three good centrals. I prefer to rely on them and create a system, a structure. »
Although PSG left with three goals conceded, the defensive trio responded rather well to the adversity offered by Juventus, who presented themselves with very athletic profiles in front. The quality of recovery from Bitshiabu was good, that of El Hannach too. Fernandez Veliz also distinguished himself by winning a number of duels on the right side. The Parisian rearguard was also able to allow the pistons Hugo Lamy and Vimoj Muntu Wa Mungu to project themselves regularly and multiply the sources of danger, like the opener brought by the last city. An encouraging reason for satisfaction for the future.
Zaire-Emery in demonstration, Housni already essential
Back down to the U19s, something he should do regularly in the Youth League, Warren Zaire-Emery once again showed how technically superior he could be. His incessant projections launched numerous Parisian attacks. The midfielders of Juve have often broken their teeth to come and press the international U17, in vain. The faces marked with frustration bear witness to this. If we sometimes have the impression that it is difficult to find his faults, he too still suffered the blow physically after the hour of play, confident after the match that he had felt cramps.
Another good point to distribute, the omnipresence in the creation of Ismaël Gharbi. Often positioned between the lines, the attacking midfielder of the 2004 generation brought the surplus to many Parisian offensives. His ability to fix defenders and shift the pass in the right timing is always interesting and again paid off on Tuesday. Technically easy, the small size still spread its varied palette, rewarding us with a magnificent lob on the fourth Parisian goal. From the bench, Zoumana Camara however criticized him a few times for not falling back often enough to make defensive efforts.
In attack, Ilyes Housni also distinguished himself. For his first real season with the U19s, number 9 starts very strong. Constantly on the move, he wiped the front of the attack. Always on the verge of offside, the attacker was a real poison for the Piedmontese rearguard. For his first game in the Youth League, he plants a double and distributes an assist. A real thickness in the game which only asks to be confirmed during the next meetings.