FIFA 20: PSG Career Mode Guide, Transfers, Tactics, Formations, Objectives & Tips
With Neymar and Mbappe leading the line, can you finally take a first European crown to Paris?
Paris Saint-Germain are synonymous with the modern game. Style, swag and electrifying in attack, the Parisians are one of the most exciting teams to watch in Europe.
Add to that the characters of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and a wealth of riches, PSG will be one of the most popular selections on FIFA 20 Career Mode.
RealSport gives you everything you need to know when managing the French powerhouse, with the league title not enough this season… you should have both eyes firmly on Champions League glory for the first time.
PSG receive an unsurprising five-star rating on FIFA 20, made up by an 87 attack, 85 midfield and 83 defence.
Starting Lineup & Formation
PSG’s default formation is a very aggressive 4-3-3 attack, and you may as well stick with the system. Against top quality opposition in the Champions League, switch to a more balanced 4-2-3-1.
A tempting alternative would be another formation PSG have used under Thomas Tuchel – the 4-2-2-2 wide. That would allow Kylian Mbappe to get higher up the pitch and cause even more havoc.
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New signing Keylor Navas (90 GK Reflexes) is a reliable man in between the sticks, with the back four made up by Thomas Meunier, rock solid Marquinhos (87 standing tackle), veteran captain Thiago Silva (88 standing tackle) and Juan Bernat.
Summer arrival from Everton Idrissa Gueye parterns the dogged Marco Verratti (90 short passing) in defensive midfield, whilst superstar Neymar (95 ball control) takes up the number 10 role.
The classy Angel Di Maria (94 agility) is out the right wing, with speedster Kylian Mbappe (96 acceleration) out on the left and marksman Edinson Cavani (93 attacking positioning) through the middle.
On the bench go for Sergio Rico (OVR 77), Presnel Kimpembe (OVR 82), Abdou Diallo (OVR 79), Ander Herrera (OVR 82), Pablo Sarabia (OVR 83), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (OVR 76) and Mauro Icardi (OVR 85).
Tactics and instructions
PSG have the personnel to destroy teams on the counter, but you must expect that the overwhelming majority, if not all, sides in Ligue 1 will sit deep against the champions.
Therefore you must move the ball quickly when you get into the attacking third and use the individual qualities of the front four to unlock the defence.
PSG’s lineup is very attacking, and if you left their instructions as if, you would be highly vulnerable on the counter-attack.
For your full backs, you should alter their attacking runs to “balanced attack” so they don’t always go charging forward.
The big call comes in midfield. With the front four not known for their defending, you should change Marco Verratti’s and Idrissa Gueye’s attacking support to “stay back while attacking”. If you do feel you lack a midfield option in attack, then adjust your attacking game plan to include one of them.
Neymar’s instructions are already very aggressive with “stay forward” and “free roam”, but you will want someone with his quality in the box also. Adjust his support on crosses to “get into box for cross”.
Kylian Mbappe looks to be your most deadly attacking talent so you will want him in goalscoring positions. Utilise his pace by altering his support runs to “get in behind” and support on crosses to “get into box for cross”.
In your training sessions, look to use players with the promising player tag to make the most out of your time. At PSG, this includes Kylian Mbappe, Leandro Paredes, Presnel Kimpembe, Thilo Kehre, Abdou Diallo and Colin Dagba.
The Transfer Market
Starting transfer budget: £120 million
Starting wage budget: £522,000 a week
Who should go
Despite bringing in the likes of Keylor Navas, Abdou Diallo, Idrissa Gueye, Pablo Sarabia, Ander Herrera and Mauro Icardi over the summer, it’s still not a massive squad PSG have to play with. Those signings should open up one or two sales from the first team however.
Layvin Kurzawa should be the first man to be shown the door, with the French international losing his place in the first team to Juan Bernat last season. In the final year of his contract you should only collect £7 million for the left back, but that will free up £51,000 a week in wages.
The other first teamer on the sales list would be forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who is way out of his depth at PSG. Sell the former Stoke man for £7 million, saving £60,000 a week in wages.
Other departures include young goalkeeper Marcin Bulka and left back Mitchel Bakker, who should collect a combined £1.3 million, saving you £11,000 a week from your wage budget.
Given the gulf in class between the first team and the reserves, there are plenty of candidates to send out on loan from PSG, but don’t leave your squad too thin. There will be heaps of opportunities to blood in these youngsters in Ligue 1, so only loan out one or two.
With a new right back likely to be on the cards, you can loan out Colin Dagba for the season, with other contenders being Tanguy Kouassi, Adil Aouchiche and Arnaud Kalimundo.
Who to sign
New transfer budget: £135 million
New wage budget: £644,000 a week
Top quality left back
It’s no disrespect to Juan Bernat, but PSG are targeting a first ever Champions League crown, so he is the clear weak link in the side. A player who is reliable going forward and in defence is now needed to complete the back four.
There are plenty of options, but with only a year remaining on his contract, Alex Sandro looks to the best bet. The Brazilian is in his prime with a 85 overall, possessing attributes of 91 stamina, 85 sprint speed and 84 standing tackle. The Piemonte man will set you back less than £40 million, with wages of £140,000 a week.
|D. Alaba||27||Bayern Munich||Austria||85||86||£34m||£122k|
Solid right back
We’re getting picky now, but after signing a left back, the other side of the defence becomes the issue. With some emerging talents and established veterans at right back, you have much more variation in who you can replace Thomas Meunier with.
It’s a big call but we are putting faith in youth by opting for flying Liverpool full back Trent Alexander-Arnold. The England international has an 83 overall, with the potential to reach 89 – not bad for a 20-year-old. With stats of 90 crossing, 83 standing tackle and 83 stamina, you will need to fork out for his £59 million release clause and enhance his wages of £70,000 a week.
|K. Walker||29||Man City||England||84||84||£23m||£149k|
|J. Kimmich||24||Bayern Munich||Germany||86||88||£43m||£113k|
|Dani Carvajal||27||Real Madrid||Spain||85||86||£34m||£185k|
There are a couple of aging players in your squad, and you face tough decisions this season of whether to keep them at the club. Thiago Silva is now 34, but with an 87 overall, you can keep him on for another season, and you should look into getting his £122,000 a week wages reduced.
It’s a similar case for striker Edinson Cavani who is now 32, but with an 88 overall and back up striker Mauro Icardi only on loan, you will want to keep the Uruguayan for another season at least.
Thomas Meunier’s deal should also be extended, but you can afford to let go both Layvin Kurzawa and Eric Maxim Choup-Moting.
You won’t be surprised by the objectives at PSG, with all of continental success, domestic success and brand exposure labelled as critical.
In Europe, you will be asked to win the Champions League, on top of winning both the Ligue 1 title and Coupe Nationale. So roll up your sleeves as you target the treble in your first season.
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For brand exposure, you need to gain £180 million from shirt sales over the season. With Neymar and Mbappe in the team, this should come easily, so just make sure your star men are scoring.
You development has a low importance, and here you will need to sign a youth academy midfielder. You will also need to grow a youth academy player by five overall points and then play them in five matches over the season.
Take the final step
The PSG objectives may sound tough, but league and cup triumphs practically a given (the Parisians have won 22 out of the last 28 domestic trophies) then success is only related to the Champions League.
A trip to the semi-finals is the absolute minimum you should achieve this season, but with Neymar at his prime and with the likes of Cavani and Thiago Silva coming towards the end of their careers, you may not have a better chance than this year.
Can you take PSG to the superclub status that matches their wealth?
Full PSG Player Ratings
|K. Navas||32||GK||Costa Rica||87||87||£28m||£99k|
|Sergio Rico||25||GK||Spain||77||77||On Loan||£41k|
|L. Mbe Soh||18||CB||France||67||81||£1m||£5k|
|A. Di Maria||31||
|M. Icardi||26||ST||Argentina||85||86||On Loan||£126k|
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