PSG Player Ratings vs Club Brugge: Champions League Matchday 6

Written By Uttiyo Sarkar on December 7, 2021

PSG finished their Champions League group stages with an emphatic 4-1 win over Club Brugge in the Parc des Princes. Despite the big win, the French giants finished Group A on second place – meaning they’re likely to get a difficult draw in the Round of 16!

The Parisian side started the game in blistering fashion, with Kylian Mbappe capitalizing on a slight error from Simon Mignolet to glide past a delicate finish to make it 1-0 in the 2nd minute. The Frenchman added another 5 minutes later, finishing off a brilliant chance created by Angel di Maria to make it 2-0!

Lionel Messi wasn’t letting the game go without scoring and scored a beautiful curler in the 38th minute to make it 3-0. PSG absolutely dominated the first half and could’ve even had more if not for a few poor misses.

PSG lowered the intensity in the second half and Club Brugge started playing with more hunger to get something from the game. Brugge midfielder Mats Rits finished off a clever swift break in the 68th to pull one back and make it 3-1.

But the three-goal cushion was restored in the 76th minute after Messi scored a penalty to make it 4-1. PSG knew that even a win couldn’t help them finish anywhere but on second place in Group A, but at least they sent the fans home happy with a highly entertaining display.

Here are your PSG player ratings vs Club Brugge.

PSG Player Ratings vs Club Brugge

Manager

Mauricio Pochettino (7.0) –

Pochettino gets some pressure of his back by finally getting PSG to play the exhilarating, dominating attacking style their fans long for. Motivated his side to be at Club Brugge’s throats from the get-go and pounce on errors.

Opting to go with the Mbappe-Messi-Di Maria trio worked splendid as they absolutely tormented the visitors. Needs PSG to maintain this intensity & dominance in the knockout rounds for them to go far into the Champions League.

Goalkeeper

Gianluigi Donnarumma (6.5) –

Donnarumma gets a start today in this weird continuation of rotating goalkeepers for different UCL games. Makes a solid save to deny Brugge a goal in the 23rd. Then gets down sharply to punch away a thunderous effort on goal in the 36th. Pulls off another impressive stop to deny a long-range effort in the 53rd. Even after making so many saves, he couldn’t preserve a clean sheet as Rits’ effort went beyond him.

Defense

Achraf Hakimi (6.0) –

Hakimi tried to be very adventurous from the get-go but unable to create anything big throughout the game. Not especially proactive defensively, but didn’t really need to do too much either because of how PSG dominated things.

Marquinhos (6.0) –

The PSG captain was caught slightly dazed in a few of Club Brugge’s quick moves, but fortunate that none of his slight errors were pounced on. Marquinhos didn’t really have to work too hard in this and seemed to be fine slacking off a bit after his side got a big lead.

Abdou Diallo (5.0) –

Diallo gets a rare start in this UCL game with not much riding on it. Lost track of Cisse Sandra in the 23rd, allowing him a clear shot on goal but saved by Donnarumma’s heroics. Gave Rits too much space to take the shot that went through his legs and into the goal. Despite making 8 clearances & 4 interceptions, Diallo’s sloppy errors is probably why he won’t start in the UCL knockout games.

Nuno Mendes (6.0) –

Fiery start from the youngster, making a great forward run and shot on target in the 2nd – forcing a save after which Mbappe scored. A bit wobbly after that, allowing too many moves to be created by his side. Subbed off after suffering an injury in the second half.

Midfielders

Marco Veratti (7.5) –

Veratti’s back to acting like PSG’s Rolls Royce in midfield, dominating things & maintaining utmost composure. Absolutely bossed things around, distributing the ball around efficiently – opening up space for teammates and winning key defensive duels.

Idrissa Gueye (7.0) –

Went for a spectacular acrobatic scissors kick goal in the 16th, only to see his effort go over. Quite proactive in midfield and helping move the ball quicker to his forwards. A really energetic presence in midfield, covering lots of ground & winning key duels to help PSG maintain dominance throughout.

Gini Wijnaldum (6.0) –

Gini gets into a prime scoring area in the 4th, but unable to beat former Liverpool teammate Simon Mignolet. Sent through on goal in the 28th, but unable to maintain composure in finishing off the chance. Despite horribly missing his goalscoring shoes, Wijnaldum maintained an impressive work ethic throughout the 90 minutes and helped his side dominate things.

Forwards

Lionel Messi (9.0) –

Messi magic is on display from the get-go as he seems eager to light up the crowd’s mood. Glided into the box in the 32nd, but his shot was blocked off sharply. Danced past multiple players before taking a slick shot in the 35th, only to see it saved. Finally saw his efforts rewarded 3 minutes after that, superbly curling one into the goal to score a real beauty.

Nearly sets up Mbappe’s third with a brilliant pass to send him through – but unable to see him convert. Scored his penalty perfectly to score a brace. Messi just had a load of fun, toying with Brugge’s defenders and wowing fans with some exquisite passes. Proves exactly why he won his 7th Ballon d’Or last week.

Angel Di Maria (7.0) –

The Argentine is feisty from the get-go and set up Gini’s early chance with a brilliant pass. Sets up Mbappe’s second with a brilliant lobbed pass. Got in a one-v-one with Mignolet in the 11th but unable to get his chipped shot over him. Nearly tricked in a tap-in in the 65th but only to see it go wide. Got a sweet assist and created some big moves, but not clinical enough to get among the goals himself.

Kylian Mbappe (9.0) –

Gets things underway in style with a smart finish past Mignolet in the 2nd. And then finishes away Di Maria’s pass with a brilliant volley in the 7th. Sets up a nice chance for Messi with a clever flick in the 32nd. Assisted Messi’s strike and also made a great shadow run to help open up space for him to take the shot leading to the goal.

Should’ve sealed a first-half hattrick in the 44th but smashed an attempt over the bar from open range. Despite not getting a hattrick, Mbappe was a nightmare all game long with his impressive movement & efficient work in the final third. Lit up the stadium with some immense work.

Substitutions

Thilo Kehrer (5.5) –

Not really an upgrade over Mendes defensively and booked for being too aggressive in his second half cameo.

Ander Herrera (N/R) –

Added a lot of energy to PSG’s midfield after coming on, helping them dominate the late possession.

Leandro Paredes (N/R) –

Helped shield his backline from trouble towards the end.

Mauro Icardi (N/R) –

Not really able to get the ball in any goal-scoring areas.

Eric Embimbe (N/R) –

Nearly got a goal in his UCL debut, with one effort being blocked by a Brugge defender.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Messi & Mbappe were both excellent today – but I’ll give this to the Frenchman for scoring two really splendid goals and also teeing up a clever assist.

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