Laurens: This is probably Tuchel’s last season at PSG
Julien Laurens thinks Thomas Tuchel’s attempt to show authority with Kylian Mbappe may have backfired.
With Kwadwo Asamoah and Kalidou Koulibaly absent, there was no African involvement at the summit of Serie A table last weekend, although Torino’s African players again performed with credit in their excellent showing in a 1-0 home victory over Bologna.
The Turin heavyweights have lost just once since Nov. 23, and an improving defensive record has underpinned their climb up the table.
Cameroon’s Nicolas Nkoulou has been imperious in the heart of the backline, starring in the 2-0 win at AS Roma earlier this month, and following up with a commanding display against Bologna.
His defensive partner Koffi Djidji ended the contest with six completed tackles, while Nigeria’s Ola Aina — on the left flank — ended the game with five completed interceptions.
Higher up the field, Franco-Ivorian midfielder Soualiho Meite produced his best performance of the season, dribbling past his opponent on seven occasions during a magnificent box-to-box display.