In the 50th minute they gave an idea of what is possible. These three artists from Paris who overcame Manchester City’s defense with a quick combination and gave PSG 1-0 lead in yesterday’s Champions League game.
An offensive with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé can be unstoppable. The truth is currently also that a team as a whole with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Mbappé can very well be stopped. This was also the case yesterday, Wednesday, because City turned the game around and deservedly won 2-1.
After the final whistle, the aforementioned Parisian artist trio was at the center of the criticism. Because all three took far too much freedom, especially in defensive work. The MMN storm trotted across the field without motivation, while seven of their colleagues let themselves be constricted by City on their own sixteen. There was a lack of willingness to run, commitment and combat.
Numbers support this impression. According to official UEFA statistics, Messi has run an average of just 8.3 kilometers per game this Champions League season. At Mbappé it’s only a frightening 7.8 kilometers. Strangely enough, Neymar is clearly more willing to run with 10.5 kilometers, but the Brazilian still does not intervene in defensive work.
That may be enough in Ligue 1, but not at the highest Champions League level. If PSG wants to live up to its own claim – and that means to win the premier class – coach Mauricio Pochettino has to find a way to convince his three offensive stars to put themselves more at the service of the team. It won’t be easy, especially since the latest rumors about a move to Manchester United were hardly conducive to the Argentine’s internal standing.
It is clear that after appearances like against City, the public pressure increases. “Pochettino has to get out of this club if he has the chance to join Manchester United. I would be gone tomorrow and that because of these three stars “said TV expert Jamie Carragher after the game on CBS.
France football icon Thierry Henry added: “If you want to win the Champions League, you can’t defend with seven players. It’s impossible, no matter who you are. “ From a PSG perspective, it is to be hoped that Messi, Neymar and Mbappé have listened.