How does it feel to sit on the most expensive bank in Europe? Maybe not as comfortable as PSG coach Unai Emery is experiencing. After losing to Racing Strasbourg in France’s Ligue 1 the future of the Paris coach seems in jeopardy. That sounds paradoxical, as the team is so far very successful: To book are number one with nine points ahead in the league and the early qualification for the Champions League knockout round.

Vortex at Bayern opponents Paris coach

And yet: As the French sports paper reports, the PSG bosses have set themselves the goal of invincibility in the French championship. That is why the 1: 2 in Alsace could cast a shadow on Emery’s future. The Basque has no right to errors. From him nothing expected in Paris but perfection. This is very close to Emery: His team has so far shot down the competition, not only in France, but also in Europe. On average, PSG scored three and 4.8 goals per game in Ligue 1 and Champions League, respectively.

The Parisian claim thinking

“Paris is a place where you have to bring top performance very quickly said PSG Chairman Jean-Claude Blanc. The club has made no secret of the dissatisfaction with the second place last year – for Emery apparently still rehabilitate. Especially since he was obliged to win titles, “Once I asked Al-Khelaïfi why he signed me,” Emery said in an interview with “El País”. “The president replied that I have a successful DNS”. He proved that impressively: Emery’s work at his previous stadium FC Sevilla was outstanding. He won the Europa League three times in a row between 2014 and 2016, bringing players such as Ivan Rakitic, Antonio Reyes and Kevin Gameiro to life.

Mourinho’s long shadow

Nevertheless, English media are already speculating about a prominent successor: José Mourinho. The Portuguese himself is not entirely innocent of this: There is something special in Paris now. That’s great, “said the Manchester United manager a few weeks ago. Therefore, rumors arose about Mourinho’s possible move to Paris. Emery’s contract there only runs until the end of the season and the club will barely pull the extension option if PSG misses championship and Champions League titles.

Emery’s dealings with the stars

Emery was born in the Basque city of Hondarribia and as a child. He liked to play football on the beach with his father, uncle and grandfather. A squad full of superstars he knew neither as a player nor as a coach. The more difficult he was dealing with the Paris star ensemble. At the beginning of the current season, he came under pressure due to a dispute between Edinson Cavani and Neymar. However, he has managed to reconcile the two, at least on the court. He always has an open ear for his players. Still formulates his concerns clearly and directly as for example in the first conversation with Cavani: The magazine “France Football” has called Emery “Pyromaniac” because he is not afraid of conflict, if they serve a positive reaction. “As a coach, I love the conversation with the players and try to share my energy with them,” he explained.

The change of philosophy at PSG

Emery’s greatest success so far in Paris remains to have turned the stars into a team with a clear game identity. That lasted: just a year ago, the team was too slow and predictable in the game structure. There was also lack of intensity. Now PSG is not only elegant and precise in the opening of the game, but also fast when it comes to ball conquest.

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How does it feel to sit on the most expensive bank in Europe? Maybe not as comfortable as PSG coach Unai Emery is experiencing. After losing to Racing Strasbourg in France's Ligue 1 the future of the Paris coach seems in jeopardy. That sounds paradoxical, as the team is...