Nicolas Douchez, former goalkeeper of Paris Saint-Germain and current sporting director of Havre AC, commented on the PSG news. He specifically addressed the criticisms surrounding Gianluigi Donnarumma, the 24-year-old goalkeeper of the Parisian club.
Since the arrival of Luis Enrique, Donnarumma has been extensively involved in playing with his feet. Perhaps too much? Considering the challenges, former goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez believes PSG should alter their style to reduce ball circulation towards the Italian keeper.
“Since time immemorial, there have been debates about goalkeepers at PSG (smile)! One day it’s Donnarumma’s footwork, another time it’s Douchez’s ball handling, or Kevin Trapp’s chest control. That’s how it is. It’s PSG that wants it… There is a big expectation around this position, and it’s a position that always sparks debate.
It’s true that there have been some technical errors in Donnarumma’s footwork. These errors may also be linked to what is asked of him. Perhaps we’re asking too much considering his ability with his feet, and sometimes he tries to implement what is demanded of him. Maybe that’s why he struggles; he should bother less and take fewer risks.”