Manchester City’s foray onto the continent was not what any of us hoped for. Here’s yesterday's news to help put it to rest.
Man City fall to Messi magic but the Champions League can wait - Stuart Brennan - Manchester Evening News
City had the better of play, but fell victim to PSG counters on two occasions. And their new guy is pretty good, huh?
This battle at the Parc Des Princes was an epic meeting of the two most-fancied teams in the competition, and any contest with a side that contains the two most expensive footballers in history, as well as the greatest, the game has seen, has to be a big match.
He changed only two players from Stamford Bridge, remembering Riyad Mahrez’s three goals in two semi-final legs against Paris last season, and mindful of the fact that Phil Foden’s stint at the weekend was his second full game in a week after a long injury lay-off.
PSG were steady at the back under near constant pressure from City’s attack.
A mixture of experience and confidence has given the Blues a polished look on the biggest stages with the game management superb.
Credit, though, to PSG who defended well with Verratti outstanding.
Two very good goals settled this match, but PSG are one of the competition’s favourites...
The return at the Etihad should be some spectacle.
“Sometimes We Win, Sometimes We Lose” - Pep Guardiola Provides Honest Assessment of Man City Defeat Against PSG - Harry Siddall - City Xtra
Pep sees the positives, but knows more is needed.
Despite falling behind to an early Idrissa Gueye goal, the Blues enjoyed the large majority of the ball and created some good chances in both halves of the game.
Their wastefulness would come back to bite them however, with Messi scoring a neatly worked goal to double PSG’s lead and secure them all three point at the Parc des Princes.
Speaking after the game, Pep Guardiola believes his side played well on the night, but were simply caught out by the speed and quality of PSG’s formidable trio.
“The last ten minutes were better, a good performance, we did everything,” Pep Guardiola told reporters.
“We defended well, their counter-attacks are always dangerous with the players they have. That’s my biggest compliment. Always we have to ask ourselves to do this - sometimes we win, and sometimes we lose.”
Saul gives us his thoughts in real time.
A disappointing match that had some good City performances as City played close level but was not enough to score on Gigi Donnaruma who had a monster match. Man City came decent enough and had many of chances, but it was not enough as PSG put their opportunities away and City did not.
One where City was in control with possession and chances created.
The second half was more messy and the players up top had bad matches, notably Raheem Sterling who is in bad form.
City had a lot of other players who played decently Foden came in and provided a spark, but not enough.
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Rodri the positive on disappointing night in Paris – Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Manchester City Review - Benjamin Wolfe
Bright spots were found despite the tough loss.
Joao Cancelo, ever the attacking spark, forced a save from Donnarumma in the 31st minute and Bernardo Silva forced a save in the 33rd minute but neither really troubled the PSG shot-stopper. At the other end, Ederson saved a poor attempt from Ander Herrera in the 38th.
Kevin De Bruyne was very lucky not to see red in the 39th minute as he overreached for a loose touch and stamped down on Idrissa Gueye’s shin. It wasn’t a good challenge and the booking he received could be seen as fortunate.
In the 43rd minute, Ruben Dias was dragged down in the box in a borderline assault but neither the referee nor VAR gave it a second glance.
Ruben Dias plots Man City reaction at Liverpool FC after PSG setback - Joe Bray - Manchester Evening News
Dias is ready to turn the page and move on to Liverpool.
Manchester City players were frustrated after falling to a 2-0 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain, but are already plotting a response at Liverpool on Sunday.
That is according to Ruben Dias, who admitted City simply didn’t take their chances against PSG as Idrissa Gueye and Lionel Messi scored in either half to earn three points in the Champions League Group A.
However, after a morale-boosting win at Chelsea at the weekend, Dias believes the PSG result will have no bearing on City’s chances at Liverpool on Sunday.
“Essentially, it’s a frustrating night for us,” he said after the game.
“I’m still fresh, but the team was there. We created chances. The team played good against a tough opponent. Two top teams playing against each other, will always be chances with both sides. Essentially It was a matter of us not finishing what we created.
“Bleeds Blue”, “Bring Him Back!” - Plenty of Man City Fans Delighted With Former Star’s Responses in New Interview - Vayam Lahoti - City Xtra
And finally, El Mago still knows how to tug at the hearts of City supporters. Never change David.
In a new interview with Spanish outlet Marca this week, Silva was tasked with answering a set of quick-fire questions, that included him picking a club, a stadium, a song and choosing between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Silva’s choices have left City fans delighted, as the midfielder answered Manchester City, Etihad Stadium, Oasis’ Wonderwall (which is a song beloved by City players, stuff and fans) and Lionel Messi respectively.
His responses saw a series of the club’s fans react on social media, as many tagged Silva a ’City legend’, whilst others hilariously demanded that the club bring him back to the east side of Manchester.
That’s all from the Champions League for now. It’s on to Anfield for a date with Liverpool FC. Keep it right here for all the build up with Bitter and Blue and Sky Blue News.