Fresh from scoring Manchester City’s winner, Gabriel Jesus certainly wouldn’t have meant to have a dig at Paris Saint-Germain.
Even if the striker’s remark after City’s 2-1 win on Wednesday — as both groups superior in the Champions League — did lower to the guts of the contrasts in their performances.
“We have a lot of players who can help the team,” he mentioned. “Everyone wants to give good balls to other players. Nobody is selfish.”
PSG had its 11 gamers on the sector on the Etihad Stadium — with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe main the assault — but it surely didn’t all the time appear there was a whole crew on the market.
“They have a lot of quality,” City supervisor Pep Guardiola mentioned. “We try to keep the players far away from the goal.”
It was the much less glamorous Brazilian attacker on the scoresheet moderately than Neymar in the coolness of Manchester. Brought off the bench in the second half to offer City a No. 9, Gabriel Jesus accomplished the City comeback with a scuffed shot after being teed up by Bernardo Silva.
“We attack well in the spaces and the quality from Bernardo,” Guardiola mentioned. “When you talk about the right technique, it is that. The right tempo and doing it in the right moment to give your team-mate the best chance to score the goal.”
City clinched prime spot in Group A and a gathering with a runner-up in the spherical of 16 in February.
“It was a bit frustrating in the first half,” Silva mentioned, “as a result of it felt like we have been controlling the sport, we felt like we have been urgent excessive, profitable the ball, having the possession, but it surely felt like we weren’t scoring once more.”
The conflict of the competitors’s wealthiest groups, who’re but to win European soccer’s prime prize, totally got here to life in the 50th minute when Mbappe put PSG forward after an interchange between Messi and Neymar.
But the attacking dominance by City that outlined the primary half noticed Raheem Sterling’s outstretched left foot nudge in a cross from Kyle Walker to equalize earlier than the winner got here in the 76th.
“After the goal, we conceded at the beginning of the second half, the team had a great reaction,” Silva mentioned.
PSG can also be positive of going by means of as runner-up due to Leipzig beating Club Brugge 5-0.
All 4 English groups will now be in the knockout stage with a sport to spare, with City becoming a member of defending champions Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.
Who shall be in cost of United come February — or subsequent season — was an intrigue hanging over the match on the Etihad Stadium with PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino linked to the emptiness in the purple half of Manchester created by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s firing.
Pochettino, who reached the 2019 Champions League remaining with Tottenham earlier than being fired, was hesitant in committing his future to PSG.
“The players know very well our situation,” he mentioned. “They know their situation. We are living in a business where rumours are there.”
The Champions League is the trophy Pochettino has to ship for the Qatari possession. Just as Guardiola is striving to ship the prize with a lot funding from Abu Dhabi.
It inspired Guardiola that his crew beat PSG — similar to in the semifinals final season — after shedding 2-0 in the group sport in Paris in September.
“They have a lot of quality defensively with short passes and everything,” Guardiola mentioned. “We had a good game, but the most important thing was of course today we did it again and against a top side.”