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Manchester City-PSG: favorites and scratches from our special correspondent


DECRYPTION - Beyond the raw result, find out what caught the attention of our special correspondent at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.


Manchester City, a game, an identity, a treat

In football, the result is random. The important thing is performance.

"Signed Pep Guardiola, after the victory of his men against Paris (2-1), Wednesday. Which Pep Guardiola made of his Skyblues a machine to play and to feast, to unbalance, to harass and to shine. "

People take pleasure in seeing us play and we take pleasure when we play too

", smiles the Catalan technician. Quite the opposite of a Paris Saint-Germain which only lives by the results, forgetting the notions of pleasure and collective, the races, without a clear identity on the meadow. "

We lost in Paris, but the performance was similar.

They have amazing players and you can lose ... the important thing is to be ourselves.

And this season, whether at Stamford Bridge, Anfield, Brighton, Leicester or Paris, we have played very well most of the time,

”added Guardiola.

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Paris, ten in a row

Beyond the content, eminently disappointing, and the defeat, the Parisians can be proud of having composted their ticket for the knockout stages of the Champions League, even if it will be as the second of group A (the classification here).

Certainly, thanks to the victory of Leipzig in Bruges (0-4), but all the same.

PSG climbed to this stage of the competition for the tenth year in a row.

It's not nothing.

Of course, it is in the spring that Parisians will be expected and that they will aim to dream bigger.


We want to win this year, that's for sure,

" Leonardo recalled recently.


There is still work to be done.


The Parisian denial


It was a good game overall, we are not going to spit on what we did well

", swears Presnel Kimpembe. “

I don't remember a Keylor Navas save or a big occasion, apart from the rescue of Achraf Hakimi. We defended well, we had chances and we could have won the match,

”Ander Herrera analyzes. “

We are progressing, I am happy with the evolution. Step by step, things are going better than a month ago, much better than two months ago,

”judges Mauricio Pochettino. Astonishing statements, even if both admit that PSG must "




It is better to hope that the Parisians reserve this kind of speech for the media and that they say things with more frankness when the doors of the locker room are closed.

Otherwise, the situation is serious.

And above all, it is not about to evolve.

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PSG, all for that

Manchester City-PSG is the shock of the ultra rich, a poster between two behemoths on a drip from investors who spend lavishly. It is clear that some spend their fortune better than Parisians. With their fiery attack and a team compared to the Galacticos, the Reds and Blues are in fact confined to being a simple counter team, which is played around by the best. This was the case on Wednesday night, it would probably be the same against Liverpool and Bayern Munich, potential opponents in the 8th, or the European champions Chelsea. In the first leg against the Cityzens, Paris had been united and surgical, well helped by the talent of Marco Verratti in the middle. This time, without the Italian,Mauricio Pochettino's players have been overtaken by their old demons and their shortcomings. Frustrating, disappointing, insufficient.

Source: lefigaro

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