4. All-out attack

The other possibility will likely give opposing coaches nightmares. A 4-1-4-1 or 3-2-4-1 would mean less emphasis on defense and any sort of balance, but produce pure attacking firepower potentially more ferocious than anything that the club game has ever seen — a truly scary thought for Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions League defenses.

This scenario could also see Verratti pushed higher up the pitch once more which has been a preference of Pochettino’s since his arrival when playmaking options have been limited or utilize Wijnaldum or a Julian Draxler further forward.


Considering that Pochettino’s go-to formation with PSG so far has been a rough 4-2-3-1, it would not be a huge surprise to see him starting with that, especially as all his players work their way back to full match fitness and unwanted figures are moved on.

A potential target date to have a full squad available and at full match sharpness will realistically be the opening UEFA Champions League group clash in September which could be the moment when the South American tactician decides to wed himself to a particular setup.

However, assessing all of the possibilities, a 3-4-3 appears to make the most sense given the talent assembled and their preferred roles on the pitch.