As Pep Guardiola's players rallied from a goal down to win 2-1 against Paris Saint-Germain, the French champions were overpowered.
At the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City was everywhere as they thrashed PSG on match day five. From the first half until the second half, Manchester City dominated the contest, allowing PSG's dynamic front three of Neymar, Mbappe, and Lionel Messi to create little opportunities.
With Manchester City playing well with the ball and defending without the ball on the night, the triumvirate was kept at bay to a significant extent.
These players all contributed to the two goals that sealed the comeback victory over a Paris Saint-Germain team that has been mocked as the favourites to win the UEFA Champions League.
Raheem Sterling scored the opening goal of the game in the 63rd minute and was a handful for Paris Saint-Germain, while Gabriel Jesus caused havoc in the PSG defense. The winning goal was scored by the Brazilian in the 78th minute, a beautiful strike from close range that completed the comeback. As impressive as it was that Riyad Mahrez was able to break past the Paris Saint-Germain defense, it was the fact that he did it with such determination and willpower that made things difficult for the French outfits on the night.
Despite having arguably the strongest front three in global football in Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe, they were disappointing on the night. They put in minimal effort and pose little threat after Paris Saint-Germain could only muster two short shots on goal on the night.
When Jamie Carragher spoke, he referred to the stars as "passengers" and stated that PSG would be unable to win the Champions League in this manner. He claimed that Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe were unwilling to run back and track the ball, which he considered to be a flaw in a team that was capable of winning the Champions League championship.
Mbappe is 22 years old and should be tracking backwards like Lewandoski and Killer do for Bayern Munich, according to Carragher. Messi is 34 years old and may need to conserve energy for other jobs on the pitch, but Mbappe should be doing the same for Paris Saint-Germain.
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