Against the Citizens, the magic trio of PSG did not shine. And once again, his defensive retreat is the subject of debate. All over Europe.
On paper and on the match photos, see Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and Lionel Messi, it throws. But on the ground, only the native of Bondy is present (7 goals in 13 L1 matches). His goal, scored against the course of the game, has also long allowed his family to maintain the hope of a first place. But when all these little people have to defend, it’s more complicated. And we clearly have the impression of repeating ourselves over and over.
Of course, we sometimes see Neymar come down, but yesterday, the lack of defensive retreat of the three in front was glaring. Result: Achraf Hakimi and Nuno Mendes were overwhelmed and the two Mancunian goals were the same: reversal of side play in the direction of a Bernardo Silva demarcated and able to quietly serve Raheem Sterling then Gabriel Jesus. And that, everyone saw it.
Everyone tackles the MNM
And now, all of Europe does not deprive itself any more to criticize a trio which made salivate at the beginning of the competition. To start with Marca. “The big teams win the Champions League and PSG are not. The work without the ball of the three is very bad for the team. “ In England, Jamie Carragher also let go. “Pochettino has to leave this club. If he has the possibility of going to Manchester United… He must leave tomorrow. “
But why does the former glory of Liverpool want to absolutely see the Argentine spinning at a club that he has never carried in his heart? “Honestly, that’s what I will do, because of these three stars (Messi, Neymar, Mbappé, editor’s note). “ In short: nobody today in the world of football sees how Mauricio Pochettino can get by and lift the cup with big ears with a snoring trio, but not at all collective. And Thierry Henry’s analysis is also final.
“If you want to win the Champions League, you can’t defend with just seven players. It is impossible, no matter who you are. The sides are exposed so each time it’s three against one or three against two. Teams that win titles have their forwards defending. This way the laterals feel more comfortable. But today they are too exposed. French teams cannot put them in danger, but Manchester City can. Pochettino cannot be himself. How do you go about replacing them? So he puts Angel Di Maria in the middle, but he wasn’t helping (in defense). “ Whether Pochettino can really make a difference remains to be seen.