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Paris Saint-Germain's team of the decade

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Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:07 IST

Midfield


Central Midfielder: Marco Verratti

His uncanny ability to get out of tricky situations and emerge with the ball has made him popular in Paris
His uncanny ability to get out of tricky situations and emerge with the ball has made him popular in Paris

Both Marco Verratti and Paris Saint-Germain have repeatedly said that they're happy in each other's company but the offers for the Italian midfielder reportedly will not stop pouring in. He's now in his prime and has chosen to use his skills to further the club's ambition for European success. His excellent close control, ball retention and dribbling ability makes him fit to play anywhere across a midfield three and if the occasion demands it, perhaps even further forward.

Central Midfielder: Adrien Rabiot

Problematic yet promising describes Rabiot
Problematic yet promising describes Rabiot's time at PSG well

The nature of his departure has been less than cordial, Adrien Rabiot has been influential in their style of play under a host of managers. Many times he was tasked with being the deepest of a three-man set-up, not a role he particularly enjoyed. However, he thrived in that role, especially given that he was playing as an attack-minded number 6 for a team that often faces others that sit back or try to stifle them, he was always an advantage. Thiago Motta perhaps will be aggrieved to be upstaged by Rabiot, but the Frenchman typified the promise yet problematic state of the club.

Central Midfielder: Blaise Matuidi

An absolute joy to watch in full flow, Matuidi gave the club many of his prime footballing years
An absolute joy to watch in full flow, Matuidi gave the club many of his prime footballing years

From the time he joined the club in 2011 to the time he left it in 2017, Blaise Matuidi played every game he could for PSG. The ever-reliable box-to-box midfielder offers so much in both defence and attack. All around him there was flux but he remained constant and offered plenty for this side. Although it's not entirely his forte, he often comes up with some goals for his teams as well and that was certainly true for PSG.

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Published 25 Nov 2019, 16:17 IST
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