Champions League: Lionel Messi receives 4/10 from L’Equipe after exhibition of ‘hit and miss’ vs Man City
Lionel Messi receives a FOUR out of ten in L’Equipe’s wild viewership ratings after his ‘hit and miss’ display in the loss to Man City … while ‘sweep’ Mauricio Pochettino scores a four also in medium of speculation about the position of Man United
Lionel Messi drew the ire of the famous French newspaper L’Equipe after his dazzling display against Manchester City on Wednesday night, calling the Argentine “hit and miss” in the 2-1 loss.
City secured first place in their Champions League Group A to advance to the round of 16 of the competition by beating one of the favorites to win the trophy as goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus saw them coming. from behind after Kylian Mbappé’s first game.
But despite all of PSG’s offensive talents, they offered little to threaten Pep Guardiola’s men after moving on, recording just two shots on goal, with Messi singled out for a near-anonymous performance as L’Equipe gave him a four out of ten.
Lionel Messi received a four out of ten from L’Equipe after his performance against Manchester City
The French medium was not impressed with Messi and his fellow attackers Neymar and Mbappé
The French media are notoriously tough on their ratings and the star did not impress them, stating that he was “overwhelmed by the defenders” at the Etihad.
‘Yes, he delivers the almost decisive pass to Mbappé [for the goal], yes, he initiates some situations because of his work as a pivot between the lines, but we have the right to expect more [from] a six-time Ballon d’Or [winner]’the newspaper said. ‘At [build up] of the game, must [do] plus.
‘Some of his [final third] the options were hit or miss. More worrying sometimes [looked] overwhelmed against defenders. ‘
Mbappé scored the first goal of the match, but said it had been ‘untraceable’ during the match
Mbappé and Neymar were not spared either from criticism. While L’Equipe gave the French forward an ultra-rare 10/10 after his four-goal mark against Kazakhstan earlier this month, they weren’t quite as generous here, giving him a five.
“The Parisian forward has been untraceable for a long time.” “ He had to move, to the right in particular, to be served. Sometimes rough in 1 on 1, he [was] imprecise during his duel against Ederson. In the period of Parisian domination, when the ‘MNM’ (Messie, Neymar Mbappé) finally appeared, Mbappé made some differences. ‘
Neymar also got five, although he received less criticism, as they admitted that they ‘cannot blame him for hiding’ against City and praised him for an excellent pass to Mbappé to send him to goal. However, he was beaten for a late foul towards the end of the match.
Mauricio Pochettino, for his part, was accused of having ‘swept’ his tactic for remaining linked to the Manchester United position
And manager Mauricio Pochettino, who remains surrounded by strong ties to the Manchester United post, was accused of having “swept” his tactics.
“Difficult to assess, because his initial game plan was swept away by Verratti’s absence,” the verdict said.
His team suffered too much at first and showed no control. Given the injuries of Gueye, Herrera and Nuno Mendes, [was] forced to adapt. Your choices – Kehrer on the left, Danilo torchbearer – [were] not efficient. His tactical changes – moving to 4-2-3-1 – [did] not bring more control. ‘