PLAYER REVIEWS: Gueye showed why he is such a smart midfielder, but Grealish cut frustrated figure

Lionel Messi scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain when they beat Manchester City at the Parc des Princes.

The Argentine played a nice one-two with Kylian Mbappé for a signature finish in the second half after Idrissa Gueye scored for the hosts in the first.

Bernardo Silva missed a nanny for the visitors, and here Sports post assesses the performance of the players in the French capital.

Lionel Messi scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain when they beat Manchester City

Lionel Messi scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain when they beat Manchester City

PSG (4-3-3)

Gianluigi Donnarumma – 6.5

Made some decent stops. It seemed strangely awkward with some crosses in the second half for a man of his stature.

Achraf Hakimi – 7.5

Some brave coverage from right back, a bundle of energy and strong in the challenge.

Markers – 7

The PSG captain was strong in the air when needed. Made sure to keep his back four narrow.

PSG captain Marquinhos was strong in the air when he had to be in the Parc des Princes

PSG captain Marquinhos was strong in the air when he had to be in the Parc des Princes

PSG captain Marquinhos was strong in the air when he had to be in the Parc des Princes

Presnel Kimpembe – 6.5

No one completed more cleanups than Kimpembe’s five in the first half as City controlled the game.

Nuno Mendes – 6

Looks more comfortable going forward and let Riyad Mahrez sneak behind him too many times.

Ander Herrera – 6

Unusually prolific this season so far and getting a lot more clearance to roam forward to compete.

Idrissa Gueye – 8

His night was so much more than just scorching the opener home. What a smart midfielder.

Idrissa Gueye's night was so much more than just scorching the opening goal

Idrissa Gueye's night was so much more than just scorching the opening goal

Idrissa Gueye’s night was so much more than just scorching the opening goal

Marco Verratti – 7.5

Shown again why he is one of the best out there. Fencing intelligent and carried good property.

Lionel Messi – 7.5

Exceptionally quiet, just couldn’t get into the game – then he sealed it with a bang.

Kylian Mbappe – 7

Strong link-up play and that was evident before the first goal as he came down from the front with a good result.

Neymar – 6.5

More disciplined than you might think and then takes at least two men along while roaming.

Kylian Mbappe had strong link-up play and it was evident in the hosts' first goal

Kylian Mbappe had strong link-up play and it was evident in the hosts' first goal

Kylian Mbappe had strong link-up play and it was evident in the hosts’ first goal

Subscribers

Gini Wijnaldum (for Verratti, 78)

Danilo (for Gueye, 90)

Subs not used: Navas, Letellier, Paredes, Icardi, Dagba, Wijnaldum, Kurzawa, Diallo, Draxler, Kehrer, Ebimbe

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino – 7.5

Made his midfield do the job against City. Even the two superstar wide men followed back now and then.

MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1)

Ederson – 6

He couldn’t do much about Gueye’s strike. Rarely appealed but finally conceded twice.

Kyle Walker – 6

Could have been used more often on the overlap. Completed his defensive duties well against Neymar.

Ruben Dias – 6

Strangely quiet and lack of communication as PSG City opened in the eighth minute to take the lead.

Ruben Dias was strangely quiet and had no communication when PSG City opened

Ruben Dias was strangely quiet and had no communication when PSG City opened

Ruben Dias was strangely quiet and had no communication when PSG City opened

Aymeric Laporte – 7

Passing out from the back was exemplary. Has started this season like he really means it.

Joao Cancelo – 6.5

Did a good job with Messi to start with. Threatened to move on without much finished product.

Bernardo Silva – 6

Another action packed shot, but he won’t believe he hit the bar from two meters away.

Rodri – 7.5

The Spaniard continues to improve at the base of the midfield. Again dominant in his duels.

Bernardo Silva won't believe he managed to hit the bar from two yards into his display

Bernardo Silva won't believe he managed to hit the bar from two yards into his display

Bernardo Silva won’t believe he managed to hit the bar from two yards into his display

Riyadh Mahrez – 6.5

Misdirected in front of Gueye’s goal, although dangerous attacking from the right.

Kevin De Bruyne – 6.5

He can count himself lucky that he doesn’t see red. Some moments of daring quality in the final third.

Jack Grealish – 6

He often stopped in his tracks when PSG doubled up on the winger. Cut a frustrated figure as decisions when against him.

Raheem Sterling – 6.5

An encouraging performance as a central striker. Sterling tried to regain his form and was a nuisance.

Jack Grealish was often stopped when PSG doubled the £100m winger

Jack Grealish was often stopped when PSG doubled the £100m winger

Jack Grealish was often stopped when PSG doubled the £100m winger

Subscribers

Phil Foden (for Grealish, 68) – 6.5

Gabriel Jesus (for Sterling, 78)

Subs not used: Steffen, Carson, Stones, Ake, Torres, Fernandinho, McAtee, Wilson-Esbrand

Coach: Pep Guardiola – 6.5

A defeat didn’t do his team justice in truth. City were in control for a long time and are happy to return to Manchester.

Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP) – 5

Let go a lot. Guardiola may feel saddened by the balance of the evening’s decisions, even though De Bruyne could have been wrong.

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