Hello. Welcome to another edition of our NHL Explainer series, where I talk to myself about hockey news that might seem complex to most people. Including myself.
This week, we’re going to discuss everyone’s favorite topic: the Arizona Coyotes arena saga in Glendale.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and the Coyotes ownership started a war of words with the Arizona state legislature this week. Essentially, they threatened to leave the state if taxpayers don’t pay for a new downtown Phoenix arena.
Watching the Coyotes leave Arizona is the last thing anyone involved in this whole drama wants. But it’s worth resetting for those new to the situation. This Glendale-Coyotes struggle has gone on for almost a decade, and now it’s rearing its ugly head again.
It happened early, and it happened often. Despite being an unbreakable wall against Barcelona in the first leg, PSG’s defense was an utter mess, constantly losing marks and misreading the play in front of them. Barcelona bringing an unconventional formation and tactical setup certainly didn’t help them any, but there was so little tactical discipline in PSG’s defense on Wednesday, that it was utterly shocking to see.
Their midfield bailed them out for much of the first half, but they wore out and broke down early in the second half to allow Barcelona even greater footing as they won their third goal and chased a fourth.
Paris Saint-Germain: Kevin Trapp; Thomas Meunier (Gregorz Krychowiak 90’+2), Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Layvin Kurzawa; Marco Verratti, Adrien Rabiot, Blaise Matuidi; Lucas Moura (Angel Di Maria 54’), Edinson Cavani, Julian Draxler (Serge Aurier 75’)
Edinson Cavani had one near-miss on a counter, banging a shot off the post, but a few minutes later he made no such mistake, taking service to the top of the box from Layvin Kurzawa off a set piece and hammering home a shot that Marc-Andre Ter Stegen couldn’t stop.