The second matchday of the Champions League will bring together two rich clubs, PSG against Manchester City. The match will be held at the Parc des Princes, home to PSG, on Wednesday morning WIB (29/09/2021). This grand match promises a very interesting duel because it is studded with the most expensive stars in the world from both clubs.
Not only that, this will also be a strategy battle between two seasoned coaches, Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino. Five players from the following two clubs are believed to be the determinants of the outcome of this luxurious match. Anyone? This is the review.
1. Jack Grealish
Status as the Premier League’s most expensive player this season, Jack Grealish immediately proved himself worthy. He became Pep Guardiola’s most reliable player with a score of 8 matches in all competitions with a record of 2 goals and 2 assists . In the inaugural Champions League match against RB Leipzig which ended with a score of 6-3, Grealish appeared impressive by scoring 1 goal and 1 assist.
Now his luck is expected again by Pep in a tougher match. Playing on the left winger position , he is expected to be able to mess up the PSG defense which is commanded by Kimpembe.
2. Kylian Mbappe
PSG has the most dangerous attack line at the moment with a row of big names, such as Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, and Lionel Messi who are rumored to be making a comeback in this match. However, Mbappe’s role seems to be more central as the club’s goal machine at this time. He has scored 4 goals and 4 assists in 9 matches in all competitions. He even became the club’s winner in several matches.
On the other hand, the role of Lionel Messi has not had a significant impact. Messi has not even once scored a goal or an assist. Likewise Neymar, who has only scored 1 goal in 5 matches in all competitions.
3. Ruben Dias
Ruben Dias’ task in this match will be very difficult to face the deadly trio of Neymar-Mbappe-Messi. However, Dias is a defender who has proven his capacity and ability. He was the Premier League’s best player last season. Not only that, under his command, City have conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League this season, only 1 goal.
On the other hand PSG is the sharpest club in Ligue 1 with 27 goals from 8 matches. Ruben Dias’ job is to kill Kylian Mbappe’s movement. If he can do that well, it’s not impossible for City to come home with points.
4. Ander Herrera
PSG does have a line of world-class midfielders, such as Marco Veratti and Giorgino Wijnaldum. However, the central role in PSG’s midfield will be on the shoulders of Ander Herrera. This season the former MU has been impressive and has been the key to PSG’s victory in several matches.
So far he has scored 4 goals and provided 2 assists in 10 matches, including his 1 goal against Club Brugge in a 1-1 draw in the UCL opener. The battle in midfield will be the key in this match. He will face a City midfielder inhabited by Pedri and Kevin De Bruyne.
5. Keylor Navas
This match will be an act of revenge for PSG who lost to City last season in the Champions League semifinals. At that time they lost with an aggregate score of 4-1. Under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola, City appear to always have the ball and rely on attacking football. Keylor Navas’ role as a goalkeeper in this match will be greatly tested.
In last season’s game he was outstanding against City by making many important saves, but not enough to escape defeat. In tonight’s match, his role will be no less important by holding back the attacks of City players, such as Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus, to Bernardo Silva.
This stellar match promises a very exciting duel on various fronts. With a squad of top players owned by both teams, the match will be tough. PSG may benefit more from playing in front of their own fans and the return of Lionel Messi. However, City came with a positive trend and a record landslide victory over PSG last season.