Guardiola reflects on Man City's defeat at PSG
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PSG produced a dire performance in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Rennes, in which Mauricio Pochettino’s side embarrassingly failed to register a single shot on target. Pochettino named a full-strength team – including Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe – but PSG slumped to their first loss of the season.
Gaetan Laborde broke the deadlock on the brink of half-time before Flavien Tait doubled the hosts’ lead within the first minute of the second period.
Mbappe thought he had reduced the deficit, but VAR denied him, ruling out the goal for offside.
PSG had a 100 per cent record in Ligue 1 this season ahead of kick-off, winning all eight of their opening eight games.
Because of that record, the Parisiens are still six points clear of Lens at the league summit, but the lack of attacking quality was staggering to watch.
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PSG took 13 shots, one more than Rennes, but failed to hit the target with any of them, firing 10 for a goal-kick whilst three were blocked.
Messi took five, Mbappe four, Angel di Maria two, and Neymar one as Pochettino’s all-star attack misfired.
The 13-effort tally was the highest without registering a single shot on target in the same Ligue 1 game since Opta started collecting this data in the 2006/07 season.
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After full-time, Pochettino expressed his disappointment at his forwards’ wastefulness in front of goal.
He told reporters: “We are sad because we played very well for 25 to 30 minutes.
“We did not manage to score the chances we created. We are unhappy, but we must continue to work. You have to stay positive and keep working.
“The emotional impact of conceding the goal on Rennes’ first opportunity in second half was difficult for us, and they managed to believe in their luck even more. It was hard then.”
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Pochettino is under pressure to deliver at PSG this season after missing out on both the Ligue 1 and Champions League titles last term.
The French giants backed him with a sensational summer transfer window, in which Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Gini Wijnaldum and Achraf Hakimi arrived.
PSG have had a mixed start to this season’s Champions League campaign, with the club growing increasingly desperate to win their first European crown.
Pochettino oversaw similar issues in the opening week’s 1-1 draw at group minnows Club Brugge, but PSG responded with a 2-0 triumph over Manchester City last time out.
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