Currently playing his third season at the club, Danilo Pereira (32 years old) has become one of Paris Saint-Germain’s most consistent players, while also being underrated by the media. better than the performance he showed in Ligue 1.
Starting his career with Portuguese club GD Estoril Praia, the 32-year-old midfielder took a long time before finding stability. He successively moved between Parma Calcio 1913 in Italy, Aris Thessaloniki in Greece and Roda JC in the Netherlands, before returning to Portugal with CS Marítimo, where this ‘scanner’ finally found a stable starting place. in the first team. From there, Danilo signed a contract with FC Porto, the team he stayed with for 5 seasons, becoming one of the best holding midfielders in the league and motivating PSG to sign a contract for 16 million euros in the summer of 2019. 2021.
Although Danilo Pereira was initially recruited as a deep-lying midfielder, injuries to several other central defenders forced then-PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino to deploy the Portuguese in the middle. centre, which later proved to be a success.
Pereira’s lack of pace and slow turnover was sometimes evident in midfield, but proved less of a problem in defense. While the passing and dribbling ability he acquired as an anchor midfielder proved extremely useful when the club wanted to develop from the bottom up. In addition, the 32-year-old’s natural physique and strength in duels are immediately promoted when switching to a 1v1 defensive role, making him arguably the most comprehensive central defender. in the team.
Now a mainstay in defence, and with Presnel Kimpembe’s lingering injury problems, Pereira is a regular in Luis Enrique’s 3-4-3 formation, occupying the center of midfield. Marquinhos and Milan Skriniar. He is often pushed forward when in possession of the ball to act as an additional member of the midfield, allowing others to advance further.
However, the former Porto player depends a lot on his coach’s tactical arrangements, because whenever the Spanish coach switches to a formation of four defenders, Danilo is usually the first to be brought up. bench, due to his qualities being the least suitable for that system. For this reason, despite being one of the team’s best performing players, Pereira has only started 14 matches in Ligue 1 this season.
If Enrique chooses a three-defender scheme in the second half of the season, Danilo’s form will certainly contribute to helping PSG achieve its goal.
Dang Nguyen | 10:50 January 31, 2024