Paris Saint-Germain’s poor Champions League performance continued as the team faced off with a superb Manchester City side which won the day with a 2-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe struck the first goal and put his team in front shortly after half-time when he kicked home a deflected pass from Lionel Messi.
Raheem Sterling soon equalized for the Manchester City side with Gabriel Jesus following with another point to make the home team the victors in the 76th minute.
The loss for PSG means it has now only won two of its five Champions League games this season, having secured a draw with Belgian Club Brugge and Germany’s RB Leipzig.
“A bit disappointed but the qualification is there. We wanted to be first so yes disappointed about that,” said Pochettino, PSG’s manager, in a post-game interview.
Captain of the team Marquinhos added to his manager’s statement: “The second place is assured and it’s true that we wanted a first place for the advantages that follow. But it doesn’t change much, the Champions League it’s that, you’ve got to know how to play against the big teams and no matter the opposition it’ll be a hard game.”
PSG has long dominated French soccer, winning eight of the last 10 of the Frencg Ligue 1 trophies, but it has yet to translate that success onto the bigger European stage.
After getting to the semifinals last season, PSG went on something of a summer shopping spree in the hopes of being to go the whole way this season. On top of signing Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Nuno Mendes, PSG also managed to secure what some consider the greatest transfer of all-time – signing Lionel Messi from FC Barcelona.
The idea was to have Messi form part of the most intimidating striking three in contemporary soccer history, alongside Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. It has yet to work out that way for PSG.