Manchester Metropolis reached the ultimate of the Champions League on Tuesday evening after they overcame Paris Saint-Germain in a fairly snug 2-0 victory.
Following their 2-1 win in Paris, Pep Guardiola’s aspect knew they might sit again and counter assault their guests with precision and persistence, in order that’s precisely what they did.
With Kylian Mbappe dominated out of the match by means of a scarcity of health, the burden of expectation fell on Mauro Icardi’s shoulders to supply a aim menace and he failed emphatically.
Whereas Neymar, Marco Verratti & Co. did their finest to search out area and create one thing, Icardi stood in isolation within the Metropolis field with seemingly no potential to hyperlink up together with his crew mates or create any area for himself to attain.
Previous to being pulled off after 62 minutes, Icardi managed simply 16 touches of the ball. Far lower than another participant on the pitch, together with each goalkeepers.
❌ Angel Di Maria: 5.7
Whereas a lot of the stress was on Neymar or Icardi to make up for Mbappe’s absence, Di Maria definitely did little or no to assist his aspect with a very abject efficiency.
In distinction to a decided and sharp Neymar, Di Maria seemed sloppy in possession and struggled to create something for his teammates or himself over the course of the sport.
Within the opening 70 minutes of the match the Argentina winger managed simply 37 passes, three pictures in the direction of aim however didn’t get a single on course. Then, to high off a poor match, Di Maria then lashed out at Fernandinho and received himself despatched off.
For the second Champions League sport in a row, Guardiola determined to play a midfielder in Kevin De Bruyne as his primary striker. And that meant Metropolis wanted the scientific ending of a striker from one among their extensive gamers.
His first aim got here 11 minutes into the match when a counter assault from Metropolis led to a shot from De Bruyne, that fortuitously landed within the path of Mahrez to fireside into the alternative nook from a decent angle.
His second aim was a bit of simpler to transform when one other counter assault simply after the hour mark noticed a sensible one-two between Phil Foden and De Bruyne allowed the Englishman to sq. the ball to Mahrez on the again submit and faucet it into an empty web.