This is definitely not how PSG fans imagined their team’s adventure in the Champions League. Mauricio Pochettino’s players did secure a promotion to the knockout stage, but their results in the group stage left much to be desired. They only proved it on Wednesday, losing after a very poor 1-1 performance against Manchester City. While the first match between both teams was at a very high level and the Parisians won it definitely 2-0, this time they did not have much to say.
Van der Vaart does not spare Messi and Maguire. “He’s really shitty”
After Wednesday’s meeting with Manchester City, the most important thing is the all-star attacking trio, i.e. Neymar, Leo Messi and Kylian Mbappe. Social media circulated photos in which you can perfectly see the low involvement of these players in the defense. The attack was not much better, and in fact only Mbappe tried to do something, which even resulted in a goal.
Exceptional thunderbolts, however, fell primarily on Leo Messi. The Argentine still seems to fall short of the expectations placed in him. It was only last weekend that he made his first Ligue 1 match, but Wednesday’s game was terrible. The 34-year-old gets hit on all sides, but Rafael van der Vaart probably attacked him the most severely.
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– Messi walked on the pitch. Is he not ashamed in front of his friends? He was walking in circles, everyone was passing him. I get angry with him. It’s a pity, because such a footballer will never be born again. It has already started with Ronald Koeman in Barcelona. It was actually a refusal to work. It is not normal for such a player – admitted the former representative of the Netherlands on the air of Ziggo Sport. – Let’s look at Ronaldo. They are different players, but Cristiano is fighting. He wants to take the team to another level – he added.
Van der Vaart’s side was hit not only by Messi, but also by Harry Maguire. The Manchester United defender is currently having a very difficult period and on Tuesday he played another disastrous game against Villareal (2-0). “There is so much talk about Harry Maguire that I try to avoid him.” But he is really shit. I say that a lot. I can’t believe United paid € 90 million for it. Where did they find him? You will find players like him in every amateur club in the Netherlands, said the Dutchman.