Joleon Lescott’s PSG comments backfire as beloved Man City lose in Paris

Former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott's pre-match comments about the Paris Saint-Germain forwards backfired as the Premier League champions were beaten in France.

Lescott had said before the match that PSG may be found out as their attackers would not be tracking back.

Pep Guardiola's side missed a host of chances at the Parc des Frances after falling behind to an early goal from former Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye.

Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva hit the crossbar from close range twice in quick succession during the first half as they chased an equaliser before Lionel Messi doubled the hosts' lead.

Lescott, who won two league titles in five years at City, said prior to the match that PSG may be undone by naming Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Messi all in their starting line-up as they would not be tracking back.

"Domestically it’s not a problem for them, this is where they could get found out, you can’t be carrying three players out of possession," said Lescott.

"I’m not sure Neymar or Messi have the capabilities to do so much transitions and Mbappe has but I worry if he’s going to do it and the other two aren’t and he’ll be asked to carry their workload out of position, I’m not sure it’s going to work out."

However, his comments came back to bite him as the French giants capitalised on a series of missed City chances to earn their first win in group A.

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All three of their forwards combined for the opening goal as a fine team move was ended by Gueye, who wrapped a shot into the top corner and beyond Ederson.

Into the second half, Messi sealed the win with his first goal for the club as he finished off a flowing counter attack by picking out the top corner from the edge of the box.

The result lifts PSG above Manchester City and into the top spot in their group after two matches, but with City now facing two matches against Club Brugge, group A remains wide open.

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