Mahrez shines as PSG fail


Manchester City reached the Champions League final on Tuesday night after beating Paris Saint-Germain with a rather comfortable 2-0 win.

After their 2-1 win in Paris, Pep Guardiola’s team knew they could sit back and attack their visitors with precision and patience. That’s exactly what they did.

Which players stood out the most in the important Man City win and PSG disappointing defeat?

Man City v PSG: player ratings and game stats

After Kylian Mbappe was banned from the game for lack of fitness, Mauro Icardi’s weight dropped on his shoulders to pose a goal threat and he failed emphatically.

While Neymar, Marco Verratti & Co. were doing their best to find space and create something, Icardi stood isolated in the city box and seemed unable to connect with his teammates or to make room for himself create to score.

Before Icardi was withdrawn after 62 minutes, he made only 16 touches of the ball. Far less than any other player on the field, including both goalkeepers.

❌ Angel Di Maria: 5.7

While much of the pressure was on Neymar or Icardi to make up for Mbappe’s absence, Di Maria certainly did very little to help his side with a truly pathetic performance.

Unlike a determined and sharp Neymar, Di Maria looked sloppy and struggled to create something for his teammates or himself as the game progressed.

In the first 70 minutes of the game, the Argentine winger made only 37 passes, three shots in the direction of the goal, but could not score a single goal. To round off a bad match, Di Maria hit Fernandinho and was sent off.

For the second consecutive Champions League game, Guardiola chose to play a midfielder in Kevin De Bruyne as his main striker. And that meant City needed the clinical completion of a striker from one of their broad players.

Fortunately for the giants of the Premier League, they did just that in the course of the game, not just once, but twice in Riyadh Mahrez.

His first goal came in the 11th minute when a City counterattack resulted in De Bruyne’s shot, which happened to land in Mahrez’s path to shoot into the opposite corner from an acute angle.

His second goal was a little easier to convert when another counterattack just past the hour allowed a clever one-two between Phil Foden and De Bruyne to get the Englishman to aim the ball at the back post at Mahrez and him into an empty net to type.

Man City v PSG: player ratings and game stats

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