Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have been nailed by the famous French newspaper, which is known for its ruthless assessments, for their extremely disappointing appearances in the Paris Saint-Germain 2: 1 loss against Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday.
City secured first place in Group A qualifiers and passage to the top 16 in the Champions League after beating PSG, one of the race favorites.
Mbappe gave PSG the lead early in the second half, but Raheem Sterling equalized for City before Gabriel Jesus scored the winning goal with an overturn 14 minutes before the end.
Pep Guardiola’s team completely dominated PSG, in a match where the trio of Messi, Neymar and Mbappe failed to extend their influence.
The famous giant trio of the French giant had only two shots on the English goal and L’Equipe singled out Messi for a very disappointing performance, giving him a score of 4 out of 10.
According to the French daily, Messi was completely dominated by City defenders.
Yes, he gave the almost decisive pass to Mbappe (the goal he scored), yes, he started some action with his work as an organizer, but we have the right to expect more from the six times Golden Ball winner “he has to do more in building the game,” L’Equipe wrote of Messi.
L’Euqipe did not spare Mbappe and Neymar from criticism either. He gave them a grade of 5 out of 10.
Neither did coach Mauricio Pochettino, whose tactics completely failed, according to the French newspaper.
PSG qualified further despite the loss but must agree to second place in the group.