Gueye gives edge to PSG as Lyon lie in wait
PARIS, SEPT 21: Idrissa Gueye has earned rave reviews for his standout performance in Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League win over Real Madrid in midweek and the midfielder looks to be exactly what they have been sadly lacking in recent seasons.
The Senegal international joined PSG in the summer from Everton for a reported 32 million euros ($35.3 million) in a deal that may not have set pulses racing in Paris.
However, the 29-year-old's combative, all-action style gives his team a balance in midfield which they have lacked since the departures of Blaise Matuidi and Thiago Motta in the last two years.
Gueye harassed and pressed the Real midfield all evening at the Parc des Princes, constantly won balls back and set up Angel Di Maria's second goal in a convincing 3-0 victory.
"We fought to bring him to the club. He is a machine. He never stops running, he recovered so many balls for us and against a team like Real that is super important," said his coach, Thomas Tuchel.
PSG veered towards a model based around individual stars when they signed Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for the two biggest transfer fees in history in 2017, but those two were not even on the field in midweek. -AFP