Football: Leonardo, the sporting director of Paris Saint-Germain, has been expelled

Leonardo, director of sports all around, polyglot but highly protective, good buyer but bad seller, is the first from Paris Saint-Germain in the new cycle started by the extension of Kylian Mbappe, for not fulfilling the main contract of the Qatari contributor: winning leagues.

The 52-year-old Brazilian was sacked, Saturday evening, during the celebration of the 10th national title, as he did not appear during the celebrations. Basically, it was probably seeing him leave part of the party for Paris SG, who wanted to turn the page on a complicated season.

The face of the former Paris Saint-Germain player-turned-coach is still linked to the stunning failure against Real Madrid, as the club collapsed in 17 minutes (3-1) despite having a foot and a half in the quarter-finals.

This disaster hampered its hiring policy, with too many star purchases, too few sales, and an excessive “cocoon” of players.
Since then, “Leo” has been sidelined in the main issue, to extend Mbappe, who was taken over by President Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who successfully resisted the advance of the riyal. For the Qatari, it’s time to open a new course centered around Kiki.

However, the former 1994 world champion winger has already worked to transform PSG under his two terms, from Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Lionel Messi.
The first “DS” of Qatar’s Paris Saint-Germain, from 2011 to 2013, the elegant multilingual Brazilian had built the foundations of the fleet’s beginnings, with first Javier Pastore, then “Ibra”, Thiago Silva, Marco Verratti or Marquinhos, the latter still two mainstays The core of the team.

Second chance

Liu’s first term ended in turmoil. He resigned in July 2013 after being suspended for nine months for a quarrel with the referee of a match against Valencia, Alexandre Castro, a sentence that was overturned a year later by the Administrative Court.

His nerves may have also flared in the corridors of the Santiago Bernabeu, after the European Football Association opened an investigation into his position and that of President Al-Khelaifi with the referees.

Back in 2019 at the helm of Parisian sporting politics, he once again pulled off some good transfer shots, notably superstars Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Donnarumma, who arrived for free last summer. At the moment, the arrival of Messi, who has never reached the level of the Ballon d’Or seven times, is remarkable.

But the two biggest hits were taken without him, by Al-Khelaifi himself and Antero Henrique: Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, in 2017.
Internally, Leonardo has been criticized for being good at hiring, but not at all at sales, which contributed to a significant trade imbalance at PSG.
To take just one example, German Julian Draxler, who shows up almost everywhere in transition, is still around, with his lavish salary, barely playing. Or last summer’s extension for Layvin Kurzawa, who hasn’t played a minute in Ligue 1 this season.

The Brazilian, who knows all aspects of the business of being an international player, manager and coach, particularly at AC Milan or Inter, is also accused of not favoring the inclusion of the illustrious training center players in the first team. .

preventive manager

From Kingsley Coman or Moussa Diaby yesterday to Xavi Simmons these days, the club’s best youngsters often hatch elsewhere.
PSG buy a lot of superstars, such as David Beckham, “cashable” players who sell shirts assembled in their name, but sometimes at the expense of team-building logic.

The symbol of this policy that infuriated the unfortunate ultras is the injured Sergio Ramos, who has played only 13 games since his arrival, and none from C1.
Another reproach taking place in the corridors of the Princes Park or the factory, the headquarters of the “Leo” club, protects the players tightly, which contributes to isolating the athlete, who some decision-makers described as “the ivory tower”, from the rest of the structure.
This way of embracing the players may have contributed to their shaky mind, which cracked as soon as Real raised their voices.

An example of this overprotection, the second season of the Amazon documentary (“PSG, Ô ville lumière, 50 ans d’histoire”) was a huge disappointment in the club because we see so few moments – facts that usually make the richness of this kind of coordination.
“I want to protect the secret of the dressing room,” Leonardo explained to AFP, justifying the exclusion of the most intimate and original scenes that ultimately contributed to making the product so smooth.

Available to the media, “Leo” was the club’s voice, with President Nasser speaking little in public and Mauricio Pochettino talking mainly about the pitch and very exceptional non-sporting issues.
Leonardo helped build a team that would reign in France, but he would leave after five years of reign, twice, for not winning that European crown, the Paris Saint-Germain mania.

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