Big spenders PSG seem to be going backward under Luis Enrique
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain seems to be going backward under new coach Luis Enrique.
Nine games into his tenure, the former Barcelona and Spain coach has won four games, drawn three and lost two. Wednesday night’s 4-1 hammering by Newcastle in the Champions League exposed chronic defensive errors, panic under pressure and a lack of teamwork.
These flaws have been common to PSG in recent years, and Enrique should know. He was Barcelona’s coach when it routed PSG 6-1 in the Champions League in 2017.
Yet he’s not worried, or at least he said so after Wednesday’s debacle, just as he wasn’t worried after last Saturday’s 0-0 draw against a Clermont side that was bottom of the French league.
Defending champion PSG is fifth in the league and Enrique has much to think about before Sunday’s trip to sixth-place Rennes — which beat PSG home and away last season.
PSG’s back four was ripped apart by Newcastle and the midfield completely swamped. As soon as Ne