Paris Saint-Germain was unsuccessful in keeping a club that didn’t even want to be in the UEFA Champions League from reaching the final and they only have themselves to blame.
On this episode of PSG Talking, I’m joined by Cose Espinosa and Carl-Oscar Källström to discuss PSG’s 2-0 defeat (4-1 on aggregate) to Manchester City in the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League.
After an impressive run in the tournament, defeating FC Barcelona and FC Bayern Munich in the knockout stage, PSG’s fizzled out like a defective firecracker against the Premier League leaders. We discuss what happened and perhaps more importantly, who is to blame.
In the second leg at the Etihad Stadium, Mauro Icardi was called upon to start alongside Neymar Jr. and Angel Di Maria, but the former Inter Milan striker struggled mightily and was subbed off shortly after half-time in favor of Moise Kean. Is Icardi such a poor fit that he should be sold this summer or can PSG build around him?
Kylian Mbappé was left on the bench and didn’t play a second in the second leg. Should Mauricio Pochettino have started him to try and get an early goal or was he right to rest his injured superstar?
We also discuss Di Maria’s sending off in the 69th minute and the resulting comments from CBS commentator Jim Beglin who used the phrase “Latino temperament” to describe the Argentina international’s questionable decision-making.
We wrap up the show by grading Pochettino’s performance against City, sharing who we want to win the Champions League final, and whether this season should be defined as a success if they come from behind to win Ligue 1.
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