A matter that worries many coaches and managers is how to build a team. Let’s try to solve this issue by focusing on a specific case.


Setting up a sport or working team is not an easy task, especially if the financial investment made for it is substantial for the company treasury. Potential or not, new faces in a running team are always a risk and their integration must be the result of a thought out decision.

Financially speaking, PSG can recruit the best players in the world. But it is not a matter of money, it is a matter of coexistence on the game field. In fact, once you have these athletes, you have to know how to make them play together.

Neymar vs Cavani case has been for weeks the opening news of many important sport-magazine: mix a strong character, talent, and the will to stand out and you will have problems with your group.

Not only these players are extremely ambitious (in terms of personal improvement, economic return, and fame), they also have to carry a very heavy weight: public opinion. It is not easy to handle the pressure when you have to show everyone that you are worth the investment the company made for you, that the recruiters knew what they were doing when they choose you.

Talking about Emery’s équipe, we’d like to consider another aspect, related this time to his way to manage and organize the work of the group. Emery knows for sure how to build a team and if we analyze the structure of PSG, we can clearly see how this highly talented group of players is composed by promising aces that can easily change the fate of European football. In spite of all their gift, they still have to grow and they need something more besides Emery’s guide.

Mbappé, Rabiot, Verratti (more experienced than others), Neymar, Marquinhos: PSG created the best conditions to make all these players feel part of the team. The addition of new talents in a group must be a smooth transition, both for them and the company. 

Building a working team must be based also on the selection of people who can face problems and give the example to their colleagues. That is why PSG decided to place side by side young talents and seasoned wise players.

This is an important lesson not only on a football level but also a good example for any company: “to train” young professionals thanks to the help of skilled and experienced colleagues, can be the key to find a functioning balance in terms of team building and economic results.

So, what are the key points to guarantee a balance between instant outcomes and talents’ growth in the long period?

Let’s see a list of the most important ones:

1. Attitude: young players must take the responsibilities that their role impose and understand how their development is strictly connected to their older fellows. What the coach says is, of course, important, but the gestures of the experienced colleagues are fundamental for the improvement of the team. 

2. Reject envy: older players have not an easy time watching the younger talents do their job with enthusiasm, new skills and a modus operandi very different from the old school one. However, a seasoned colleague must know that his experience and approach are essential both for the newcomers and the company. Also, he must remember that this exchange of skills is mutual and he should learn and challenge himself to improve every day more. 

3. Handle the pressure: we are human and we make mistakes. But if something goes wrong, young talents must be protected by their manager, the company, their colleagues or teammates. Don’t point the finger at them, instead help them understand their mistakes. If we decide to invest in young talents, we must then be understanding and collaborative. 

4. Training: talent is not enough. For young professionals, coming to a great team or company is not the arrival point, instead, it is just the beginning. From here, they must improve their knowledge and skills with sacrifices, study, and passion. 

5. You need to listen: in sport or in a working environment, more experienced colleagues know how to face specific challenges. Be humble and listen to them!

Talking about PSG, their economic investments are the most debated topic. When resources are unlimited, we think we know how to build a team, the one we’ve always dreamed about. Unfortunately, the theory is a bit easier than practice. To find balance is, in fact, a very delicate process that involves everyone.

For any Verratti or Rabiot there must be a Thiago Motta, for any Marquinhos or Mabppe we have to recruit a Thiago Silva or Dani Alves.

Balance is the answer to build a working team able to guarantee results in the short term and stable efficiency in the long one.

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Paris Saint Germain teaches us how to build a Team
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