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Champions League: verdict at the halfway point of group stage | Marcus Christenson

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Paris St-Germain’s squad looks too unbalanced to make an impact in this season’s competition while Inter’s Marcelo Brozovic found a new way to defend a low free-kick

Ángel Di María rescued a point for Paris St-Germain at home against Napoli with his stunning late equaliser but there is no glossing over the fact that Thomas Tuchel is having to work with an extremely unbalanced squad. The front three of Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and Edinson Cavani are potent enough but the midfield and defence are simply not equipped to win the Champions League. Adrien Rabiot looked like his defensive duties were optional against Napoli while there were loads of space for Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne to exploit behind PSG’s back four. After the game Tuchel was repeatedly asked why PSG are not one of the favourites to win the competition and, having replied to the same question several times, he finally said: “Wow, OK, that is your argument … But our conversation is a bit strange too. We are not at a restaurant. You just asked me a question, I give you my opinion and you have to accept that opinion, no?”

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