PSG Player Ratings at Manchester City (November 24, 2021)

Written By Uttiyo Sarkar on November 24, 2021

PSG has the opportunity to seal a place in the Champions League, knockout rounds with a win over Man City at the Etihad Stadium. They secured a place in the knockout rounds, but fell to a 2-1 loss – ending their dreams of winning Group A.

Energized by the energy of their home crowd, City hammered the visitors by creating a large chunk of prominent chances in the first half – but PSG’s sharp defending and last-ditch saves kept them in the game.

PSG came back to make City pay for all the missed chances – scoring the opener in the 50th-minute after Kylian Mbappe successfully nutmegged Ederson and finished off a smart fast-break.

But Pep Guardiola’s side weren’t going down without a fight and got the equalizer in the 61st minute when Raheem Sterling finished off an impressive move with a tap-in. City completed the comeback in the 76th minute, with substitute Gabriel Jesus finishing off another well-crafted move to put his side in the lead.

Despite the loss, PSG has qualified for the UCL knockout rounds because of how far RB Leipzig & Club Brugge are. However, they can’t top the group anymore – which could come back to haunt them with a potentially daunting Round of 16 draw.

Here are your PSG player ratings at Manchester City.

PSG Player Ratings at Manchester City

Manager

Mauricio Pochettino (5.0) –

With all the rumors linking him to the Man United job, Pochettino headed into this game in need of a win to prove his allegiance to PSG. He set up his side quite strongly, ensuring that they maintained a sturdy backline that frustrated City. It even worked until the 60th minute, with PSG taking the lead and looking strong in counter-attacks.

But Pochettino’s overly cautious nature and tendency to have his defenders sit so deep & narrow cost him. Both City goals were created almost similarly – because of the PSG defenders being so close to each other. His substitutions didn’t work much either. Not the way he’d like to end his PSG stint – if he actually makes that decision.

Goalkeeper

Keylor Navas (7.0) –

Navas is back in the starting XI as part of this weird goalkeeper rotation routine. Makes a sharp save to deny an early City goal in the 6th. Denies Mahrez with a nice dive save in the 33th. And then comes up big to save another thunderous close range effort from Mahrez in the 61st.

Unable to do anything to deny Sterling’s tap-in, but pulls off another brilliant save to deny City a second in the 70th. If not for him, PSG probably would’ve conceded 3 or 4 today.

Defense

Achraf Hakimi (6.0) –

Looks adventurous in making electric forward runs from the get-go. Makes a brilliant block in the 18th to deny a goal for Mahrez. After being defensively very alert all game long, he played Bernardo Silva onside and couldn’t stop him from assisting Jesus’ goal. Unable to deliver much in the attacking areas.

Marquinhos (5.5) –

Marquinhos dealt with City’s early pressure pretty well and made a solid block to deny Zinchenko in the 28th. Despite being rock-solid till the hour-mark, Marquinhos lost track of Sterling for his strike. Lost track of Jesus and couldn’t block the shot leading to his goal either. Lost his concentration in the final half-hour or so.

Presnel Kimpembe (7.0) –

Kimpembe’s struggled in UCL games this season but starts this one with a fantastic goal-saving clearance in the 6th. Surprisingly PSG’s best defender on the day, coming up with some important clearances and blocks to help his side sustain pressure as well as get out of difficult situations.

Nuno Mendes (6.5) –

Tavares faces the daunting task of keeping Riyad Mahrez quiet on his side. Very encouraging on the attack, superbly dribbling past multiple players before hitting a shot at Ederson in the 27th. Carried the ball forward really well to help create the move leading to the opening goal.

His sloppy positioning helped City set up the equalizer. Dealt with Mahrez’s threat relatively well and a lively figure down the left, producing sharp performance apart from the slight error leading to Sterling’s goal.

Midfielders

Idrissa Gueye (6.5) –

Gueye tapped into his inner energetic beast against a challenging City midfield line, winning a lot of key duels and distributing the ball around well. Disciplined with his passing & defensive work, but unable to create chances saw him subbed for an ‘attacking change’ after City’s equalizer.

Ander Herrera (7.0) –

The former Man United midfielder returns to face his (former) rivals. Moving all around the place to cover for teammates and frustrate City. Played a clever one-two with Messi to help him set up Mbappe’s strike. Sniffed out City’s attacks and troubled them with some clever pressing & closing down spaces. Subbed off at the hour-mark after pulling his hamstring.

Leandro Paredes (5.5) –

Paredes is struggling to shield his backline from City’s blistering attacks and can’t seem to keep a lid on keeping Gundogan quiet. Couldn’t press Rodri fast enough to stop him from starting the move leading to Sterling’s goal. Moved the ball forward well and made some nice challenges, but ultimately unable to stop City from penetrating through midfield.

Forwards

Lionel Messi (6.5) –

Messi loves playing against English opposition in UCL games and aims to work his magic here. Made some slick passes in the first half, but unable to create anything prominent. Left City’s strict marking to get into a promising area before making a smart pass leading to Mbappe’s opener. Created a few more half-chances but couldn’t influence a positive result for PSG.

Neymar (3.0) –

Neymar’s getting into promising attacking areas from the get-go but being marked very tightly. Just couldn’t see to create that something special despite getting in some impressive positions in the first half. Misses a big chance to put his side back ahead in the lead in the 73rd, blasting a shot wide from an open scoring position inside the box.

City scored the winner minutes after that one. Neymar carried the ball forward well but constantly fluffed his lines when it matters the most. A night to forget for the Brazilian.

Kylian Mbappe (7.5) –

The in-form Mbappe looks determined to torment the City defenders with his blistering pace today. After failing to get any shots on goal in the first half, he made no mistake slotting away an opportunity from inside the area – brilliantly putting the ball through Ederson’s legs to put his side in the lead.

Mbappe couldn’t do much from stopping his side from disintegrating after that. Looked the only PSG attacker determined to get a win and tried hard to force that, but eventually came up short.

Substitutions

Danilo Perreira (5.0) –

Danilo wasn’t really able to do much to help PSG protect their lead and couldn’t do much from stopping City from running the show towards the end.

Angel di Maria (N/R) –

Another ex-Man United player, the only noticeable move Di Maria was involved in was when he blasted a shot into the stands in the second half.

Thilo Kehrer (N/R) –

Kehrer couldn’t really do much from stopping City’s flow down the left side or do anything going forward.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Bernardo Silva was too hot to handle for PSG today. His clever movement, dribbling ability & unpredictable style troubled the visitors. Set up the winning goal and exposed PSG’s vulnerabilities through the game. He’s the MOTM for me.

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