Former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott’s pre-match comments about the Paris Saint-Germain forwards backfired as the Premier League champions were beaten in France.
Lescott had stated before the match that PSG might be discovered as their attackers wouldn’t be tracking back.
Pep Guardiola’s side missed numerous chances at Parc des Frances, after falling behind to an Idrissa Gueye goal.
In the first half, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling both hit the crossbar from close to the goal twice each. Lionel Messi then doubled the lead for the hosts.
Lescott, who won two league titles in five years at City, said prior to the match that PSG may be undone by naming Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Messi all in their starting line-up as they would not be tracking back.
“Domestically it’s not a problem for them, this is where they could get found out, you can’t be carrying three players out of possession,” said Lescott.
“I’m not sure Neymar or Messi have the capabilities to do so much transitions and Mbappe has but I worry if he’s going to do it and the other two aren’t and he’ll be asked to carry their workload out of position, I’m not sure it’s going to work out.”
His comments backfired as the French giants capitalized on several missed City opportunities to win their first victory in group A.
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All three of their forwards combined for the opening goal as a fine team move was ended by Gueye, who wrapped a shot into the top corner and beyond Ederson.
Messi scored his first goal for the club in the second period. He completed a counter attack by picking the top corner of the box.
PSG has risen above Manchester City to the top of their group, with two matches remaining against Club Brugge.