Paris SG, with Lionel Messi’s first goal, beat Manchester City (2-0) on Tuesday in the Champions League, a difficult but foundational victory for a team that is starting to find itself.
Solidarity, spectacle and efficiency: PSG managed a performance that lived up to its enormous ambitions, during an almost historic evening.
In the 74th minute, the “Pulga” wrote a new chapter in her legend, scoring her first goal in her new colors.
Everything was beautiful: his surgical strike, the heel of Kylian Mbappé to serve him, and the reaction of the public, who acclaimed his name, as in the heyday of the Argentine at FC Barcelona.
“I was quite anxious to score, recognized the idol of Rosario, at the microphone of Canal +. Little by little, I am adapting and I am part of the team.”
The great players responded during this great match, where each team shone in its style: PSG in the game against, and Manchester City with its possession and pressing.
But the Parisians were the most realistic, opening the scoring at their first opportunity, by Idrissa Gueye (8th).
The English pushed to come back, but they lacked success, when Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva, in the space of a few seconds, found the crossbar (26th).
When they framed their attempts, goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma prevailed, with a serenity that rubbed off on his teammates.
Beaten twice by the “Sky Blues” in the semifinals of the last financial year, the Parisians were impeccable, not making the individual mistakes that penalized them five months ago.
“We attacked together, we defended together,” said Gueye.
– Acclaimed Verratti –
The return of midfielder Marco Verratti, for his first match in a month, after a knee injury, largely explains this found binder. The Italian received a “standing ovation” from the Parc des Princes on his exit (78th).
Finally, Paris is launched, after the disappointing inaugural draw in Bruges (1-1).
This benchmark victory, against the outgoing finalist, recalls that against Real Madrid (3-0) in September 2019, which foreshadowed the Lisbon epic the following summer, with a final at the end (lost to Bayern, 1- 0).
If coach Mauricio Pochettino admitted on Monday that his team was still “under construction”, it will be difficult for him to find excuses in the event of a poor performance in the future, as his players have delivered so many promises.
With such an efficient Mbappé, his team even seems untouchable.
The talent of the former Monegasque is such that it only takes a few meters to explode the pressing of the Mancuniens, taken short by his speed. He was behind the clearest chances for his team.
– Gueye still scorer –
It was he who found Gueye for the opener, for his second assist in the competition, after that in Bruges.
For the Senegalese, this is his fourth goal this season, which is … two more than his total from last year.
Again, Mbappé unleashed a devastating sprint (38th), to offer the ball 2-0 to Ander Herrera, whose shot on target was deflected by Ederson.
He only missed one scoring opportunity for “Kyky”, which never came.
From the “MNM”, only Messi and Neymar had their chance. The Argentine materialized, but not the Brazilian, who lost his duel in the 65th.
The clumsiness of “Ney”, who has scored only one goal this season, from a penalty, has left his team exposed to a return from City.
After the unmistakable double opportunity from Sterling and Silva, Ruben Dias (43rd) and Kevin de Bruyne (54th, 70th) tried to equalize, but Donnarumma intervened each time.
Like the Italian doorman, it was Paris who had mental control, and not De Bruyne, who could have been kicked out for a sole on Gueye’s ankle (39th).
While the images let fear an injury, the Senegalese got up and held his place. Another striking image of a PSG ready for battle.