Thomas Tuchel therefore left Dijon on Wednesday evening, divided between doubts and convictions. If it has not balanced the balance, the bitterness born of uncertainty hovering over the date of recovery of Neymar has at least been softened by the sparkling form of Pablo Sarabia. Failing to be 100% convinced that he will be able to count on his Brazilian star on Tuesday evening in Dortmund, the Parisian coach knows that, if necessary, he has no doubt about the reliability of his Spanish joker .
Arrived this summer, against 18 million euros, in a lining suit, the old Sevillan, 27 years old, can no longer be reduced to this “Swiss knife” led to plug the holes, “in the midfield, in attack , right or left “, as he himself had fun on Wednesday evening after the large success (6-1) in Dijon in the quarterfinals of the Coupe de France.
As hardened by this plaster covering the recently reported scar from training above his left arch, Sarabia has changed profile in the Parisian ranks. This “Pablo de Janvier”, always just and punctual in February, is undoubtedly the “Monsieur Plus” of this start of the year in the Parisian ranks.
“The kind of unpredictable player for defenders”
Sébastien Corchia, the side of Sevilla FC currently on loan to Espanyol Barcelona, rubbed shoulders with the Parisian in the Andalusian capital. He says he is “all but surprised at the current services” of his former partner. He first praises his human qualities, which quickly made him “a safe guy” with his partners and staff. “When I arrived in Seville, I immediately saw that I could count on him,” he explains. He was one of the first who came to speak to me to help me integrate. He’s a super nice guy. “
But, obviously, it is his ball to the feet talent that allows him to do the rest. “As a footballer, he is not only a very complete player, but he is also very intelligent,” assures Corchia. He is versatile, able to play on the right to get on his left foot, but also to make the difference with his right foot. He’s the kind of unpredictable player for defenders. In addition to that, he has a large volume of play, can defend a lot. But, above all, he scores and has scores. “
Since the beginning of 2020, he has even, with eight achievements on the clock, become the serial scorer of PSG, ahead of Neymar (6), Mbappé and Icardi (4). A form that leaves little doubt that Thomas Tuchel will make him one of his basic men if Neymar is still on the side in Dortmund. It remains to be seen if it will not also push the German coach to find him a place, even if all the stars are attacking.