A fourth meeting in Europe’s premier club competition for the two sides in successive seasons. All games have been value entertainment providing goals and major talking points. The naysayers will always have something to say about Pep and his side playing without a recognized out and out striker. So far this season they are rubbishing those criticisms emphatically. They have the formation and players to make up for that. Weaker teams prefer to have a recognizable striker because they don’t have strong attack minded midfielders. City with Mahrez, Gundogan and Sterling the Cityzens can cause the damage any day. City let’s the ball do the running making the opposition chase for most of the game. As a result their goalkeeper hardly has any work to do, so it is not really a matter of having the best defenders for City. PSG had the same formation 4-3-3, the difference was that their midfielders are more defensive minded , Gueye and Herrera.
Leo Messi played against his old Barca boss Pep in this match. He was at the heart of the PSG sucker punch goal against the run of play just after half time. Quick passing in around the 18 yard box which was the hallmark of that Barcelona golden age opening up Man City, finished off clinically by Mbappe. It was up to the home side to respond to going down against the run of play. They didn’t panic as always and kept at the same tempo and were rewarded. Sterling prodded home from close range after a square ball from Walker cause all manner of confusion in the Paris box on 62 minutes. Gabriel Jesus is a player that I might classify as being close to a number 9 in the City squad although he isn’t that much prolific. The goal to win it by the Brazilian was pure unselfishness by Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese could have gone for the GLORY SHOT from the acute angle. City philosophy 101, they always look for the extra pass if possible until a clear sight of goal is achieved. City and PSG are going into the round of 16 stage with the former the group winners.