Leo Messi’s first goal in Ligue 1 against Nantes
Paris Saint-Germain defeated Nantes 3-1 in Ligue 1. Leo Messi scored the third PSG goal.
Manchester City vs PSG: Line-ups
A Big Draw On The Cards
Two weeks after putting five past surprise package Club Brugge on their Belgian turf, Man City produced an equally ruthless performance to comfortably dispatch their Group A counterparts in Manchester, with Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus on the scoresheet in a 4-1 success.
Domestic triumphs are bread and butter to the Catalan coach at this point, but City have swept aside nearly all that has been put before them in the Champions League so far this season – racking up 15 goals in their four group-stage games – a tally that can only be bettered by Bayern Munich.
PSG’s chances of a first-placed finish in Champions League Group A took a significant hit against RB Leipzig last time out, as a late penalty from Dominik Szoboszlai saw the Bundesliga side rescue a 2-2 draw to leave Mauricio Pochettino and two-goal midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum ruing what could have been.
As a result, second-placed PSG are now one point behind City in the rankings but boast a four-point cushion over third-placed Brugge, so their rightful place in the knockout rounds should not be in any real jeopardy as they aim to end a three-game winless run on the road in Europe.
A thunderbolt from Messi and strike from Idrissa Gueye saw PSG prevail 2-0 over Man City in Paris two months ago, but Guardiola’s men won 2-0 at home in last season’s semi-finals, and the visitors are without a goal at the Etihad from their previous three battles on the Manchester turf.
PSG have historically struggled for a clinical edge at the Etihad, but their recent goalscoring exploits with the famed front three should certainly see them register at least once in midweek. Neither coach will be satisfied with a point as the race to make the last-16 in Group A goes right down to the wire, but it is difficult to see a clear winner in this battle, and we expect the two sides to play out an enthralling four-goal draw.