Pep Guardiola had a night to forget as Manchester City laboured to a 2-0 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
The Spaniard named an attacking lineup in Paris, with Rahem Sterling, Jack Grealish and Bernardo Silva all receiving the nod.
City had the majority of possession but couldn’t break through PSG’s organized defence. Goals from Lionel Messi and Idrissa Gueye gave them a 2-0 win.
Daily Star Sport look at where it went wrong for Guardiola on the night, and what he could have done differently to get the result he so dearly craved against the French giants.
Sterling up front
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City can sometimes appear to be right in continuing without a centre-forward. There are times when Etihad needs someone who can see the back of the net.
It was the latter against PSG. Guardiola began with Sterling as the central goalkeeper, which was a strange decision considering that Sterling has been a disappointment in front of goal for some years.
As expected, England’s ace in goal didn’t have a good time. He missed a golden chance in the second-half and hit the bar when it was less difficult to score. City never saw him as the man who saved them.
Grealish has enjoyed a good start to his City career, scoring two goals and providing two assists in his first eight matches, but things might have been just a bit too much for him against PSG.
The ex-Aston Villa man was too predictable throughout the match. He often cut back from his left foot to his right, something that Parisian defenders soon saw coming.
Grealish received no change from Achraf Haimi, so Guardiola convinced him to swap for Phil Foden. City was chasing the match.
Although he will only improve as a player at this level, this was not the 26-year old night.
Foden on the bench
City really could have done with another technician at Parc des Princes, so it was a mystery why it took Guardiola until quite late in the day to introduce Phil Foden.
He was a shining star, showing some nice touches and scoring two goals that put PSG on the back foot.
His appearance was too late as Lionel Messi scored the goal that would win the game for PSG.