Paris Saint Germain: Thiago Motta Among Europe's Most Underrated

By Malamine Sane
Thiago Motta
Photo:Courtesy of Paris Saint Germain’s official Facebook page

When talking about Paris Saint Germain, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani are the first names that usually come to mind. If everything ends with the two strikers who are the main goal scorers for PSG, it all starts with Thiago Motta. The Italian international  isn’t the most famous PSG player but he is  arguably the most important player in Laurent Blanc‘s team.

Positioned just in front of the defense in PSG’s 4-3-3 formation, the former Inter Milan player has been one of his team’s best players this season. Motta is the player that allows his team to control the tempo of the game and keep possession. The Parisians average over 60 percent in ball possession this season, against 54 percent last season when Motta missed most of the season due to frequent injuries. It’s no coincidence that PSG’s first defeat of the season last Wednesday against Evian, came when Motta was absent. The last six PSG defeats in the league were all without Motta. The Italian international returned this Saturday and produced a stellar performance, completing 96 percent of his passes in PSG’s 5-0 win against Sochaux.

Motta is one the most underrated players in world football. The native of Sao Paulo has been one of the best  midfielders in Europe this season but hardly gets any praise for his performances. Motta has completed 94 percent of his passes in the league this season making him the best passer in Ligue 1. The Italian international is an all-round player and has been used at many different positions. Mainly a holding midfielder with PSG, Motta was used as a trequartista (playmaker in Italian) by Cesare Prandelli in Italy‘s diamond midfield at the Euro 2012.

Motta’s physical presence and impressive technique make him arguably the most important player at PSG. Along with his great passing ability, the Italian international is very disciplined defensively,protects his centre backs and covers his full-backs to perfection. He reads the game very well, cuts the oppostion’s lines of passes and constantly helps his teammates with their positioning on the field.

Even though he has already won two Champions League (with Inter Milan and Barcelona) , Thiago Motta is still a very underrated player. The Italian international never makes the headlines but is one of the best midfielders in Europe. A third Champions League with PSG at the end of the season would finally earn him the recognition he deserves

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