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52 minutes | a month ago
Leipzig Loss, Tuchel in Trouble, and Elevator Error Traps PSG Players
The meme machine has been putting in overtime with the amount of content Paris Saint-Germain has delivered the past couple of weeks.On this episode of PSG Talking, I'm joined by Cose, Matt, and Guillaume to discuss the 2-1 loss to RB Leipzig and whether or not Thomas Tuchel deserves most of the blame for the lackluster performance.The defeat means PSG could potentially fall to the UEFA Europa League if they don't win their remaining UEFA Champions League matches. Is now the time to bring in a new manager or should PSG let Tuchel finish out the season and replace him next summer? Who can fix PSG's "eye cancer" of a midfield? What are the ramifications in terms of Kylian Mbappé and Neymar Jr. who are considering signing an extension with PSG? Also, did you know Marco Verratti is 28-years-old!?After a lengthy and very serious discussion about the issues at PSG this season, we close out the podcast with a somewhat comical story about several PSG players getting stuck in an elevator for 50 minutes before they were rescued. We go around the panel and decide which players we would like to be trapped in an elevator wall. Don't forget to designate a pee corner!Anyway...if PSG don't turn this thing around quickly I'm turning this into a Cambridge United FC blog. Get it together, guys...As always, thank you for listening, and be sure to subscribe and rate the show wherever you download your podcasts.Want more PSG? Visit the PSG Talk Podcast Network page and subscribe to PSG Talking, The 1970, and 24th & Parc.
43 minutes | a month ago
Latest Injury News; Feud Brewing Between PSG and Brazil Over Neymar
Paris Saint-Germain has won seven of their last eight matches but things in the French capital are far from ideal. Injuries are piling up almost daily and the manager is very much on the hot seat. This season was always going to be difficult due to the ongoing pandemic, but no one expected it to be this bad.On this episode of PSG Talking, I'm joined by French football journalist Jonathan Johnson who recently joined CBS Sports to cover the UEFA Champions League and contributes to the outstanding ¡Qué Golazo! podcast where PSG is a frequent topic.The episode begins with a discussion about Johnson's recent article on injuries at PSG, the most devastating being Neymar Jr.'s muscle injury suffered against Istanbul Başakşehir. The injury will keep the PSG superstar out for the next three games and if it were up to Thomas Tuchel, he wouldn't play for Brazil during the upcoming international break either. There is already bad blood between PSG/Tuchel and Brazil from previous injuries Neymar has sustained and it will be interesting to see how this situation plays out.Up next, we discuss Tuchel's situation and whether or not he will make it through an entire season without being sacked. The offense has sputtered and while there have been quite a few injuries, there appears to be a malaise over the squad and he hasn't proven to be able to light a spark that is so desperately needed. Could Thiago Motta return to the Parc des Princes and solve PSG's issues?I also asked Johnson for his ideal starting lineup if injuries weren't an issue. Does he go with Marquinhos in midfield or center-back? Kean or Icardi? Speaking of Kean, Johnson offers some clarity to his loan deal from Everton FC.We conclude the show with a discussion about Kylian Mbappé and Neymar and whether or not they will extend their contracts with PSG and the outside factors that could determine their futures.As always, thank you for listening, and be sure to subscribe and rate the show wherever you download your podcasts.Want more PSG? Visit the PSG Talk Podcast Network page and subscribe to PSG Talking, The 1970, and 24th & Parc.
63 minutes | a month ago
Manchester United Recap, Kean Breakout, Champions League Outlook
With a host of injuries and turmoil between the manager and sporting director, Paris Saint-Germain faces perhaps its most pivotal stretch of games of the season so far.On this episode of PSG Talking, I'm joined by James, Cose, and Guillaume to discuss PSG's two most recent results and we also look ahead to PSG's upcoming UEFA Champions League match against Istanbul Başakşehir.The show begins with a conversation about PSG's frustrating 2-1 loss to Manchester United in the first match of the Champions League group stage. The squad looked tired and devoid of ideas offensively even with Kylian Mbappé and Neymar Jr. on the pitch together. We discuss whether the blame rests on Thomas Tuchel's shoulders and whether his days could be numbered as manager.PSG rebounded from that defeat to United with a 4-0 win over Dijon FCO—the last place team in Ligue 1. Tuchel was forced to rotate his squad due to injuries, which included starting Moise Kean who scored his first two goals in a PSG kit. The 20-year-old has loads of potential and this performance could lead to him taking minutes away from some of the usual starters.We then discuss Wednesday match against Istanbul Başakşehir where anything other than a win could lead to Tuchel getting sacked and the very real possibility that PSG may not qualify for the knockout stage of the Champions League. We go around the panel and get score predictions for this highly-anticipated match.The show concludes with a discussion about a surprising statistic. According to journalist Robin Bairner, since the start of the Qatar Sports Investments era (2011-current), PSG has conceded 18 penalties in the Champions League and only been awarded 7. Is this a case of bad defending or is there a conspiracy against the French giants?As always, thank you for listening, and be sure to subscribe and rate the show wherever you download your podcasts.Want more PSG? Visit the PSG Talk Podcast Network page and subscribe to PSG Talking, The 1970, and 24th & Parc.
68 minutes | 2 months ago
We Have 9 Midfielders and None of Them Suck
With so much attention being paid to Paris Saint-Germain's transfer signings, it's easy to forget that on the pitch, the reigning French champions have looked awfully impressive with four consecutive victories.On this episode of PSG Talking, I hand off hosting duties to Guillaume and he's joined by fellow long-time contributors Matt and Cose. They're essentially the Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti, and Blaise Matuidi of the podcast crew.The show begins with a discussion of the 3-0 win over OGC Nice at the Allianz Riviera. PSG dismissed Patrick Vieira's side with relative ease in what was the first time we really saw Les Parisiens play close to their potential.The conversation transitions to PSG's 2-0 win over Stade de Reims at the Parc des Princes, with a brace from Mauro Icardi, and the 6-1 win over Angers SCO, which included Alessandro Florenzi's first goal as a PSG player since arriving on loan from AS Roma.Up next, the crew discusses PSG's transfer business. There are several new faces in the French capital and some old ones still remain (Julian Draxler and Jesé to name a couple). What can supporters expect from Danilo Pereira, Rafinha, and Moise Kean? Will they be major contributors or fringe players? Regardless, it will be up to manager Thomas Tuchel to rotate his starting lineup to keep all of the players happy now that he has quality depth at nearly every position.As always, thank you for listening, and be sure to subscribe and rate the show wherever you download your podcasts.Want more PSG? Visit the PSG Talk Podcast Network page and subscribe to PSG Talking, The 1970, and 24th & Parc.
59 minutes | 3 months ago
Champions League Hangover or Serious Issues at PSG?
When Paris Saint-Germain supporters look at the Ligue 1 table, they find their team in the basement of Ligue 1 in 15th place. It's hardly what was expected following the club's first appearance in the UEFA Champions League final just a few weeks ago.On this episode of PSG Talking, I'm joined by fellow contributors James and Matt to discuss PSG's disappointing start to the 2020-21 Ligue 1 season and what needs to change for the club to return to their dominating ways.The second match of the new season saw PSG welcome Olympique de Marseille in what was supposed to be a football match but instead turned into more of a rugby match with a dash of UFC thrown in at the end.Not only were several PSG players sent off, but Neymar Jr. claimed he was racially abused by a Marseille player. We discuss what should happen to Álvaro González even if it's not proven with a video that he did abuse Neymar.New signing, Alessandro Florenzi, made his debut against OM and he was one of the rare bright spots in that match. We discuss his performance and whether or not PSG needs to sign a left-back with Juan Bernat going down with a serious knee injury.Speaking of changes, one move some fans would like to see is a new coach. Thomas Tuchel did get PSG to the Champions League final but with one goal scored in the opening three matches, serious questions are being asked of the former Borussia Dortmund boss.We end the show with our expectations of the new PSG documentary that was recently released in France via Amazon Prime Video.As always, thank you for listening, and be sure to subscribe and rate the show wherever you download your podcasts.Want more PSG? Visit the PSG Talk Podcast Network page and subscribe to PSG Talking, The 1970, and 24th & Parc.
65 minutes | 3 months ago
Bayern Munich Smash PSG's Champions League Dream
A season unlike any other ended on Sunday with Paris Saint-Germain falling 1-0 to FC Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final.The loss was made worse as it was former PSG player, Kingsley Coman, who scored the only goal of the match to give the Germans their sixth Champions League title in club history.On the latest PSG Talking podcast, which was recorded just minutes after the final whistle, I'm joined by fellow contributors Eddie, James, Mel, and Ty to discuss how PSG let this opportunity slip through their fingers.We start the show with initial reactions to the defeat and an examination of manager Thomas Tuchel's tactics and whether he got the starting lineup correct. Was there anything he could have done to counterbalance Bayern's relentless pressing?The panel also discusses the two penalty shouts that were not given by the referee. Was the right decision made in both instances or should Kylian Mbappé have been awarded a penalty in the second half?Speaking of PSG's French superstar, we discuss his overall performance and why he and Neymar Jr. were ineffective against Bayern's high defensive line.Looking ahead, we wonder whether major changes need to be made to the squad or if it only needs small improvements in key areas.We wrap up the show by answering a few Twitter questions and share our parting shots on what has been a historical season despite ending in disappointment.Want more PSG? Visit the PSG Talk Podcast Network page and subscribe to PSG Talking, The 1970, and 24th & Parc.
54 minutes | 3 months ago
Against Bayern Munich, There Will Be Blood
After two anti-climatic semi-final matches in the UEFA Champions League, we finally have the heavyweight final everyone wants to see. It's Paris Saint-Germain versus FC Bayern Munich for all of the marbles.On the latest episode of PSG Talking, I'm joined by Guillaume and Matt to discuss PSG's win over RB Leipzig last Wednesday and we look ahead to the matchup against Bayern in the final on Sunday.Up first, I ask the crew how they felt heading into the match against Leipzig and why that match was so easy for the Ligue 1 champions. Was it the return of Angel Di Maria that made the difference or was it the defense who continued their outstanding play in the tournament?Speaking of the lineup, what changes should manager Thomas Tuchel make against Bayern Munich? We discuss potential lineup changes that could work against the German's style of play and why PSG has some extra motivation to defeat Bayern (hint: it has something to do with Juan Bernat and Tanguy Kouassi).If there's a reason to worry, it's the lack of finishing from Neymar Jr. despite playing well overall. Surely his shot won't be off for a third match, right? Also, we all agree that Keylor Navas has to return as Sergio Rico looked shaky against Leipzig.We wrap up the show by talking about the media's coverage of PSG's run to the final and answer your questions sent via Twitter.As always, thank you for listening, and be sure to subscribe and rate the show wherever you download your podcasts.Want more PSG? Visit the PSG Talk Podcast Network page and subscribe to PSG Talking, The 1970, and 24th & Parc.
52 minutes | 4 months ago
Lady Luck is Finally on PSG's Side in the Champions League
The moment that Paris Saint-Germain supporters have been waiting for is finally here. The club is through to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1995 following a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Atalanta.On the latest episode of PSG Talking, I'm joined by James Teague and Eduardo Razo for a reactionary show recorded just a few hours after Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's game-winning goal in stoppage time. And before you all send me hate mail about the audio quality, I am without my fancy mic as I'm in the middle of a move and my stuff is probably somewhere in the middle of Wyoming.We start the show by talking about where we watched the match and how stressful the final minutes were. We talk about Thomas Tuchel's lineup and whether or not he got the tactics right. The story of the first 45 minutes was Neymar Jr., who was brilliant in every way possible except when it came to putting his shots on target.Neymar's misses were highlighted on social media as PSG's detractors lined up and salivated at the prospect of the most hated footballer on the planet bowing out of the Champions League to a modest club like Atalanta. We discuss the media's coverage of PSG and whether or not they will ever embrace this team.Once PSG went down a goal in the first half, some doubt started to creep in but once Kylian Mbappé entered the game in the 60th minute, things took a drastic change. We discuss his influence on the game despite playing with an injured ankle and the goal from Marquinhos that leveled the score at 1-1 at the 90-minute mark.We wrap up the show by sharing our reaction to Choupo-Moting's incredible goal in stoppage time and the fact that he will now go down in PSG history for this goal and not that famous miss he had last season. We also pick our preferred opponent in the next round. Will it be RB Leipzig or Atlético Madrid. We'll find out on Thursday.As always, thank you for listening, and be sure to subscribe and rate the show wherever you download your podcasts.Want more PSG? Visit the PSG Talk Podcast Network page and subscribe to PSG Talking, The 1970, and 24th & Parc.
63 minutes | 5 months ago
Everything is Clicking On and Off the Pitch
Paris Saint-Germain recently returned to the pitch after a four-month layoff due to the coronavirus so naturally, the PSG Talking podcast crew is back to recap the first two friendly matches and discuss the latest news involving the club.Joining me on this episode, which was recorded on Friday, July 17, are fellow contributors Guillaume and Tyrone. We start the show by discussing the 7-0 win over Waasland-Beveren, which surprisingly included two incredible goals from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. Other than the scoreline, we share the other positives supporters should take away from the game.Then, we talk about last week's match against Le Havre on the road. The 9-0 win over the Ligue 2 side will do little to give the naysayers a reason to believe PSG can defeat Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League but similar to the match against Waasland-Beveren, the effort level was impressive the squad appears to be linking up well and creating plenty of goal-scoring opportunities.Leaving the pitch for a moment, we break down the back-and-forth war of words between Thomas Meunier and PSG's sporting director, Leonardo, who was accused by the Belgian of giving false information to the media.Our final topics include a discussion about Manchester City and why their Champions League ban was reversed. What does it mean for PSG in the seasons to come? We also check in on Atalanta and briefly break down their recent results.The show wraps up with us answering a few questions sent in via Twitter.As always, thank you for listening, and be sure to subscribe and rate the show wherever you download your podcasts.Want more PSG? Visit the PSG Talk Podcast Network page and subscribe to PSG Talking, The 1970, and 24th & Parc.
64 minutes | 5 months ago
Imagine Neymar Shredding Barcelona
We know, we know...there hasn't been a new episode of PSG Talking for a few weeks but I promise this episode more than makes up for our absence.On this episode, I'm joined by Guillaume, James, and Matt to discuss the latest headlines and answer a few questions from listeners sent in via Twitter.We begin the show by discussing the one confirmed friendly against Le Havre on July 12, and the two rumored exhibitions against Shamrock Rovers and Celtic FC. After Matt informs me that Ireland and Scotland are in fact two different countries, the panel shares what fans can expect from the squad after going more than three months without playing a match together.Layvin Kurzawa and Edinson Cavani are the next two topics up for discussion. The Frenchman surprisingly signed a four-year contract while PSG's all-time leading scorer decided to focus on his next team and forgo an opportunity to win the UEFA Champions League. Will that decision affect Cavani's legacy with the club?Speaking of the Champions League, the draw for the quarter-finals will take place on July 10, and the guys share who they hope to see in the next round of the competition. Personally, I hope to see PSG take on Barcelona to watch Neymar torch his former team and put them out of their misery.We wrap up the show with a conversation about Neymar Jr. and the constant rumors about him going back to FC Barcelona, Tanguy Kouassi's decision to leave PSG for FC Bayern Munich, and several Twitter questions.As always, thank you for listening, and be sure to subscribe and rate the show wherever you download your podcasts.Want more PSG? Visit the PSG Talk Podcast Network page and subscribe to PSG Talking, The 1970, and 24th & Parc.
43 minutes | 7 months ago
Rabiot's Refusal, Exciting Transfer Prospects, and Ligue 1 Left Behind
We discuss a former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder making waves at Juventus and share the transfer targets we're most excited about.
55 minutes | 7 months ago
The Last Dance
Ed, Mel, and Pola discuss the bombshell news that the Ligue 1 season is canceled due to the coronavirus. They also react to the players refusing to reduce their wages and potential plans for the Champions League. The show concludes with the team answer questions sent via Twitter.
70 minutes | 7 months ago
Realistic Transfer Targets, Champions League Chances, Listener Questions
Several top players have been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain and we sift through the noise and share who we think the club could actually sign.
32 minutes | 8 months ago
What Life Is Like in Paris During the Coronavirus Crisis
On this episode, Ed is joined by Pola Henderson to discuss how the coronavirus has affected life in Paris and when football might return.
86 minutes | 9 months ago
A Roundtable Discussion About PSG's Win Over Dortmund
Guillaume is joined by four other PSG Talk contributors to discuss how the club pulled off the shocking win over Dortmund, Tuchels tactics, the future of the Champions League, and the post-match celebration.
31 minutes | 9 months ago
Changes to the Champions League Could Benefit PSG
ESPN's Jonathan Johnson joins the show to discuss PSG's win over Dortmund in the Champions League, the team's mocking of Erling Haaland, and more.
31 minutes | 9 months ago
Dortmund Supporter Explains Why PSG Fans Should Be Optimistic
Stefan Buczko of the Yellow Wall Podcast joins the show to discuss Borussia Dortmund's recent form, chances for the rematch against PSG in the Champions League, and why PSG fans should be hopeful.
59 minutes | 9 months ago
What PSG Must Do To Advance Past Borussia Dortmund
Ed, Matt, and James chat about how Paris Saint-Germain can advance past Dortmund in the Champions League and answer questions from Twitter.
25 minutes | 10 months ago
Dortmund Supporter Shares What Scares Him the Most About PSG
To help preview the big match between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund, Ed welcomes Stefan Buczko from the Yellow Wall podcast.
62 minutes | 10 months ago
The Borussia Dortmund Preview Episode
From lineup surprises to score predictions, our panel of PSG experts previews the upcoming Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund.
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