PSG failed to make a stunning comeback in the second leg of their Champions League semi-finals clash against Man City, faltering to a 0-2 loss and losing the tie 0-4 on aggregate. The French giants had a poor start to the game and some sloppy defending allowed Riyad Mahrez to pop out of nowhere to score the opener in the 11th.
The visitors were constantly frustrated by the awful snowy-filled pitch and despite going close a couple of times, weren’t able to pull a goal back in the first half. PSG came out the second half full of energy but just couldn’t get a shot past the Man City defenders. City endured all the pressure and then took step into the finals with a second goal in the 62nd minute after a lethal counter-attack was finished swiftly by Mahrez.
PSG were just sloppy in the final third and weren’t helped by the City defenders being absolutely everywhere to block nearly all their efforts. Angel di Maria being sent off after the second didn’t help & the absence of Kylian Mbappe was truly felt with a toothless attacking performance. City move onto their first-ever Champions League finals (aww!), while PSG continues to wait for European glory.
Here are your PSG player ratings vs Manchester City leg 2.
PSG Player Ratings vs Manchester City
Mauricio Pochettino (5.0) –
A few years ago, Pochettino had all the luck in the world as his Tottenham side won their knockout tie via away goals & VAR. Today, Lady Luck wasn’t as kind on him.
With Mbappe injured, he had to play the disinterested Maurco Icardi who had a stinker. Neymar wasn’t at his best and looked frustrated, Di Maria got himself sent off & the defenders weren’t as sharp as he’d like them to be.
But his inability to have PSG go surging in counter-attacks and continue to play high defensive lines ultimately cost his side too. The substitutes didn’t make any impact whatsoever, either.
If he wants to win the UCL, Poch probably needs to tweak his tactics around for the big games and sign more durable players – because he and his side were outclassed by Pep & co in this tie.
Keylor Navas (5.0) –
After having a disappointing game last time out, Navas hopes to redeem himself here. Should’ve done better to close down Mahrez’s space for his strike. Couldn’t have really done anything for the second and made a few decent late saves to stop the game from being a thrashing.
Alessandro Florenzi (4.5) –
Florenzi wasn’t sharp enough to react to the opener, allowing Zinchenko to go through and help set up Mahrez’s strike. Again at fault for the second, just not being quick enough to block Foden’s cross for Mahrez’s finish from close range. Offensively, the Italian full-back offered nothing and looked to be struggling under the conditions before being subbed off.
Marquinhos (6.5) –
The PSG captain almost levelled the score in the 16th minute but unlucky to see his looping header hit the post! The fact that the early attempt was the closest PSG came to scoring probably sums the game up. Defensively, Marquinhos looked the sharpest and least error-prone on the day & tried his best to lead his side to victory but his teammates were just not good enough.
Presnel Kimpembe (5.0) –
The centre-back was caught napping for the opener, allowing the ball to go past him too easy for Mahrez to score. Too rashy with his decision-making at times which saw him get caught out of position and not being tight enough defensively to Mahrez cost him twice. Booked late on for a wild challenge which on another day could’ve been a sending off.
Abdou Diallo (4.5) –
The young left-back looks a lively figure moving forward down the left – but his crossing accuracy wasn’t the best in the first half. Had a nightmare dealing with the menacing Mahrez and lost track of him both times for his goal. Couldn’t really create anything despite starting the game well.
Leandro Paredes (7.0) –
Paredes is doing a pretty nice job in his deeper role, winning back the ball on multiple occasions and frustrating City with his interceptions. In a game with a lot of fighting, he was surprisingly calm in the middle and also moved the ball forward well along with his defensive contributions. Subbed in the second half after a relatively solid personal effort.
Ander Herrera (5.5) –
The former Man United man looks to get another win at his arch-rivals’ yard. Got a stupid yellow card for dissent early on but almost made up with a decent scoring chance, hitting a left-footed attempt into the side-netting in the 36th. Despite all his high pressing, Herrera couldn’t create anything significant and had to be taken off at the hour-mark.
Marco Veratti (6.0) –
Veratti is operating in the advanced midfield role today but could not find any of his ‘cutting edge’ passes into the box in the first half. Improved with his creativity as the game went on, but he never seemed to be able to scurry forward in the counter-attacks like Mbappe.
Lucky not to get sent off late on after losing his mind a bit and despite all his sleekness, Veratti wasn’t able to influence anything special in attack for his side.
Angel Di Maria (4.0) –
Di Maria nearly got an opportunistic equalizer in the 19th after stealing the ball and letting rip on an open net – only to see his attempt go whiskers away from the goal. Was involved in a lot of attacking activity but was frustrated by seeing all his attempts being blocked off. In the end, tempers got the best of him as he unnecessarily lashed out at a City player to get a direct red card – ending his UCL campaign in horrible fashion.
Neymar (6.0) –
This is the kind of game Neymar has to excel at to prove himself as among the best. The Brazilian tried his very best to do so and was PSG’s best attacker, but got no support whatsoever. Despite the horrible snowy conditions, he’s moving the ball forward really dangerously.
He tried carrying PSG to success – but looked empty without Mbappe by his side. Neymar still created a few decent chances but a late free-kick that went scurrying over the goal summed up his frustrating night.
Mauro Icardi (4.0) –
A big game today for Icardi as he replaces the injured Mbappe. Unable to make any kind of impact in the first 45 mins, not being able to move into scoring areas and looking out of touch with his teammates. An invisible figure up front before being subbed. Doesn’t look like he has any future at PSG anymore.
Moise Kean (5.5) –
A bigger threat in the attack than Icardi at least in the second half, but saw all his attempts to score thwarted by City’s rugged defenders.
Julian Draxler (4.5) –
Did nothing significant in attack and unable to create anything to lift up his teammates’ spirit.
Danilo Pereira (6.0) –
Ensured that PSG didn’t concede more goals after he came on – rather than help them score any.
Colin Dagba (N/R) –
Looked sharper in his short cameo than Florenzi did in the majority of his performance.
Mitchel Bakker (N/R) –
A similar performance from him like Diallo – whom he replaced towards the end of the game.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Leandro Paredes was seemingly the one who didn’t put in a wrong full all game long before being pulled. He was PSG’s best, but the clinical Riyad Mahrez gets the MOTM today for his brace.