Transition ⋆ An Old International


The capital of English football, Manchester will see plenty of Europa League action come the next year as both City and United finished third in their respective Champions League groups. While for City this year saw the first European games in over twenty years, for United it is just another period of transition. For Man United it is a step for a young team to get more experienced, for City it is a first learning step for an assembled team.

Other teams such as the German champion Borussia Dortmund crashed out altogether, suggesting that their style of play, a mixture of quick counter attacks, organized and well defending, is not made for the elite class of European football. Their team however, boasts a lot of young and talented players who will come back from this sobering experience.

In the Europa League the nouveau riche PSG are on the brink of being kicked out. Sitting currently in third spot with seven points due to their negative goal difference their game against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday will be crucial for the club and more importantly their coach Antoine Kombouaré.

While Man United and Dortmund have young squads and are somewhat in transition the case with Man City and PSG is some what different. It is further proof that Money does not buy success instantly. Man City have won the FA Cup last season which was some return for the invested money but PSG are at the beginning of a new experience with vast sums available to the directeur sportif, Leonardo and the coach. The squad assembled during the summer is simply not the finished article and it will require readjustments and refinements during the next transfer windows to strengthen and balance the team even more.

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