Anelka fears star-packed PSG may face Champions League group-stage exit

Nicolas Anelka fired a warning that darker days may lie forward after Paris Saint-Germain fell flat towards Membership Brugge regardless of fielding Neymar, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe within the beginning line-up.

The frustration of a 1-1 attract Belgium was compounded by an ankle damage sustained by Mbappe that compelled the France ahead off early within the second half.

PSG have been out-shot 16-9 by Membership Brugge, with Messi having three makes an attempt however proving unable to mark his a hundred and fiftieth Champions League look with what would have been a 121st objective within the competitors.

Messi had by no means beforehand performed towards a Belgian aspect within the competitors, scoring towards groups from all 17 different nations he has confronted. The closest he got here was when he struck the crossbar within the twenty ninth minute.

Neymar didn’t take a shot, whereas Mbappe had just one try earlier than being substituted.

“It’s the PSG that we don’t need to see,” Anelka stated, talking to French broadcaster RMC Sport.

“Nothing. There was nothing, aside from the primary 15 minutes. However other than that, there was no depth. We didn’t see something offensively, it is going to be sophisticated.”

The star attacking trio could take time to turn into a cohesive risk, given taking part in collectively is so very new, however head coach Mauricio Pochettino shall be anticipated to return PSG to successful methods.

Manchester Metropolis go to Paris on September 28, and Anelka is already nervous in regards to the Parisians’ prospects of ending within the prime two in Group A.

“In the event that they play like that, it is not going to be potential,” stated former PSG and Metropolis striker Anelka.

The outcome on Wednesday night means Messi has gone 4 consecutive Champions League video games with out having fun with a win (D2 L2). Solely between March 2006 and February 2007 has he gone longer with out a victory within the competitors, then experiencing a run of 5 with Barcelona across the outset of his profession.

Pochettino noticed the efficiency of his group slightly in another way to Anelka’s viewpoint.

“The issue at the moment wasn’t our three attackers,” Pochettino stated. “We simply needed to be extra strong in each penalty areas however I’m pleased with the defensive efficiency of our attackers.”

The PSG boss defended Messi’s efficiency, saying of the previous Barcelona captain: “While you don’t win, folks attempt to put the deal with the much less constructive facets.

“However I’m glad together with his efficiency when it comes to his spirit and perspective but in addition when it comes to his adaptation to the group. It’s clear that none of us is glad at the moment as right here at PSG we need to win each recreation after which additionally play effectively.”

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