Paris Saint-Germain is coming off a disappointing 2-1 loss to Manchester City on matchday five of the UEFA Champions League. The capital club opened the scoring in the second half with a Kylian Mbappé strike.
After that, the wheels fell off the rest of the way. Manchester City would score two straight goals to not only win the game but the group. Following the match, CBS Sports pundit Thierry Henry spoke on their postgame show and was critical of the PSG’s defending.
“If you want to win the Champions League, you cannot defend with seven players. It is impossible; I don’t care who you are. The fullbacks are exposed, so it’s virtually a three vs. one, three vs. two on the pitch. Team that win titles – and the Champions League even more so – have their front-three facing the ball,” Henry said.
“That way, the fullbacks will feel more comfortable with what’s going on behind them. But right now, they’re too exposed. Teams in France cannot expose them, but Man City can. Pochettino is not allowed to be Pochettino at times with that team. How do you take (Messi, Mbappe, or Neymar) off? So he put Angel Di Maria in midfield – but he was exposed and not helping.”