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  • Top spot in the group could have been sealed last night, but on the overall balance of the game a point was a good return. It does however set up a tricky last group game at Racing Santander, who know a victory over us will see them progress at the expense of Schalke, who were defeat last night by FC Twente.

  • Hughes said we lacked creativity, but by and large we were struggled to ultimately break down a PSG side who came and set up with a formation that allowed us to pass the ball around nicely in midfield but were unable to find the cutting edge required. The pace of the game was markedly different to the Premier League and the for the first half in particular PSG were happy to sit back and soak up any pressure that we brought.

  • The last twenty minutes or so we were really under the cosh. PSG sensed their chance and with Sturridge and Vassell playing as wide midfielders following Elano hobbling off it left both flanks exposed with Zabaleta and Garrido struggling to contain the lively PSG attacks. Joe Hart made a couple of smart saves and the impressive Lyundula could have done better with a couple of chances he had.

  • It was interesting to see both Jo and Benjani on the field at the same time yesterday, and it was clear that whilst Benjani was lively, looking for the ball and offering himself at every opportunity, Jo appeared to go into his shell and did not do his future prospects much good. The ITV analysis after the game highlighted the way Jo always looks to come short for the ball as opposed to making runs that attack the goal, and as well as he can link up with the midfield he does not look the answer for us as a goalscorer. For all the players linked with us, this is the most pressing area come January that Hughes needs to address.

Pos Team Pld W D L Pts
1 Manchester City 3 2 1 0 7
2 FC Twente 3 2 0 1 6
3 Schalke 4 1 1 2 4
4 Racing Santander 3 0 2 1 2
5 Paris St Germain 3 0 2 1 2


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