Lionel Messi and PSG warned Champions League hopes doomed over acquainted failures


Paris Saint-Germain are being tipped as favourites for the Champions League, after a summer time the place Achraf Hakimi, Gini Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos and Lionel Messi all arrived within the French capital

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Steve McManaman fears Paris Saint Germain’s breathtaking forged of famous person forwards is doomed to fall wanting Champions League glory once more “as a result of they cannot defend correctly.”

In most soccer contexts, a ahead line of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi would blow the opposition away.

However BT Sport analyst McManaman has warned PSG’s embarrassment of riches will take a look at supervisor Mauricio Pochettino’s expertise of man-management to the restrict.

The previous England winger mentioned: “All of us need 30 superstars in our squad, however it’s a must to ask Pochettino how he will maintain that mob comfortable.

“I’d hate to be in his footwear, explaining to Angel Di Maria why he is not within the workforce this week as a result of he is received to seek out room for Messi, Neymar, Mbappe, Wijnaldum and the remaining.

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“That is going to be a hell of a job, attempting to suit all of them in and maintain them comfortable.

“I’d make Manchester Metropolis, Chelsea, Liverpool and Bayern Munich the favourites on this yr’s Champions League – and PSG needs to be proper up there, too, due to the folks they’ve, though I am unable to see them successful it as a result of they cannot defend correctly.

“And watching them play, I am undecided they’ve the inclination to defend correctly.

“As a lot as I really like Pochettino, it will be onerous for him with out the ball to get his workforce working, combating, working onerous to regain possession as one unit.

“I’ve seen either side of PSG lately – I used to be on the video games the place they beat Barcelona 4-0 after which misplaced the second leg 6-1, and I am unable to see them getting the equilibrium proper.

“I simply cannot see them leaving out any of the massive weapons if there is a sport the place they is likely to be defending a slender lead and they should maintain it tight.

“How do you inform a kind of superstars they’re on the bench for a Champions League quarter-final or semi-final?”

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