Manchester City vs PSG score: Guardiola outshines Pochettino to secure first place in Group A of the Champions League
Manchester City beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 in UEFA Champions League Group A on Wednesday, with Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus securing the top spot for Pep Guardiola’s men.
Kylian Mbappe gave the French giants the run-of-the-game lead five minutes into the second half after City did everything but score in the first before Sterling finally hit the net after 63 minutes and Jesus places them in front 77.
Keylor Navas made many key saves as PSG found ways to stop the hosts from threatening a draw at the Etihad Stadium before the Premier League title holders assert their dominance late.
All eyes were on Mauricio Pochettino as he is linked to neighbors Manchester United and it was not the most convincing of the auditions for Argentina’s Old Trafford concert.
Some takeaway meals.
PSG’s luck turns
He finished 2-1 against City, but it could have and probably should have been much, much more with the hosts’ first-half chances alone reflecting their dominance. Pochettino’s setup was very clearly to absorb the pressure and hit the break which only occasionally threatened to work as Guardiola’s mastery was too great.
Presnel Kimpembe, Achraf Hakimi and Marquinhos all made brilliant blocks in the first half while Ilkay Gundogan also hit the post. Another night City could have scored a couple of goals at halftime and PSG couldn’t have complained too much. While the final score didn’t necessarily reflect the game, the victory was deserved.
The dangerous PSG on the clock
It may have surprised some, especially with so many eyes on Pochettino, but that’s just confirmation of what has been shaping up for months. PSG is now a counter-attack team totally unsuited to the immense talent of its workforce. even if it creates memorable (or forgettable) moments.
Pitiful performance by Pochettino
There was no real game plan in place and the midfielder seemed like an afterthought. The only discernible strategy was to keep players like Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi on the pitch and try to find them. At this level, not good enough from a supposed master tactician.