PSG: Vitinha and Luis Enrique explained themselves at the start of the season


By: Manu Tournoux

Since his arrival and his debut on the Paris Saint-Germain bench, Luis Enrique has established himself as the true boss of the Parisian club. The technician has total freedom over his choices and has established great competition within the red and blue squad.

The former manager of La Roja likes to keep his players under pressure but also to be unpredictable from one match to the next.

At the start of the season, a player like Vitinha often alternated between starting and being placed on the bench. Performing well and elected man of the match during the first leg against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League (2-0 victory on September 19), the Portuguese then found himself on the bench against Olympique de Marseille for a few days later.

Worse, number 17 did not even come into play in this meeting. A misunderstanding explained by Luis Enrique this Friday at the microphone of PSG TV. “ I remember Vitinha played spectacularly against Dortmund, and he didn’t play against Marseille. I remember him coming up to me in the locker room, saying, ‘Is something wrong?’ I told him ‘No no, nothing’. I think it’s important that they get to know me and it’s a process that takes time, but it’s important that all the players feel important. »

Now an essential element?

In Luis Enrique’s mind, only Warren Zaire-Emery is considered essential in the midfield. Everyone else doesn’t know before a match if they are going to start the match. However, Vitinha could change status.

His latest outings have dazzled Parisian supporters. Whether in front of the defense, in a relay midfield role or a little higher up, he delights and proves valuable to his partners. With the ball, he reassures and is one of those rare players who performs under opposing pressure. Finally essential in this squad? It’s very likely…

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