It is the law of Thomas Tuchel: sparkling Tuesday in Naples (2-2), Gianluigi Buffon should, according to the last echoes collected, take place on the bench of Monaco, this Sunday. For what should have been a shock of Ligue 1 – if the club coached by Thierry Henry was not 19th in the standings – Alphonse Areola will therefore take place in the Paris goal in the principality. In order to keep the alternation decreed and to keep his two goalkeepers in the game.
Since the beginning of the season, Parisian goalkeepers are back to back. Buffon has 8 games in all competitions, including 3 with a clean sheet; 9 games for Areola, including 4 goals scored. Very regular, they give satisfaction to the staff of Tuchel, who could well continue the alternation during the next months.
"I'm proud to have two goalies like Gigi and Alphonse," said the coach before the Champions League. They have a lot of quality and they are two great personalities. Gigi is important to advance Alphonse and Alphonse has a lot of respect for Gigi. That's exactly what a coach wants. "
Italian has made an impression in Naples
In Monaco, the German will repeat the choice made in early October, just before the last international truce. Areola had chained two tenures, in Nice and against Belgrade. Before seeing Buffon play the 90 minutes against Lyon, October 7. The Parisians then went on a selection while some, including Buffon, enjoyed a week off offered by the coach.
No vacation, this time, but the same rotation. It remains to be seen what awaits the two guards at the end of the truce. To continue in the balance of playing time and competitions, Buffon could play well in the last two Champions League games (which would make three each in this group stage). If this is the case, the Italian will hold against Toulouse (24 November) and Liverpool (28 November), in a match that will decide the future of PSG in Europe.
According to a close friend of the locker room, Buffon says he is satisfied with his performance in the Parisian jersey and believes he has shown that he can respond in the decisive moments. His performance in Naples, where a parade festival at the beginning of the second half kept his team in the match, is proof. In the race for a possible number one spot, the points are undoubtedly Italian.