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


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

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Nice roof, disgrace concerning the foundations.

Steve McManaman fears Paris Saint Germain’s breathtaking cast of celebrity forwards is doomed to fall wanting Champions League glory once more “because they can’t defend properly.”

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

But 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 former England winger stated: “We all need 30 superstars in our squad, however it’s a must to ask Pochettino how he will preserve that mob glad.

“I might hate to be in his footwear, explaining to Angel Di Maria why he isn’t within the workforce this week as a result of he is obtained to search out room for Messi, Neymar, Mbappe, Wijnaldum and the remainder.

Messi joined PSG after leaving Barcelona


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“That’s going to be a hell of a job, attempting to suit all of them in and preserve them glad.

“I might make Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Bayern Munich the favourites on this year’s Champions League – and PSG must be proper up there, too, due to the folks they’ve, though I can not see them successful it as a result of they cannot defend correctly.

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

“As much as I love Pochettino, it’s going to be hard for him without the ball to get his team running, fighting, working hard to regain possession as one unit.

“I’ve seen both sides of PSG in recent years – I was at the games where they beat Barcelona 4-0 and then lost the second leg 6-1, and I can’t see them getting the equilibrium right.

“I just can’t see them leaving out any of the big guns if there’s a game where they might be defending a slender lead and they need to keep it tight.

“How do you tell one of those superstars they are on the bench for a Champions League quarter-final or semi-final?”

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