They have lost to Pochettino’s team once this season of course, 2-0 in Paris in September. But that was a score line that didn’t really reflect the way the game had gone. City were looking odds-on for an equaliser that night until the moment Messi torpedoed them at the death. That is the kind of thing the French league leaders are capable of. That is why they have spent all that money.
It was the kind of miss that needed a replay to confirm there had been no wicked bounce off the turf or a hitherto undetected deflection off the goalkeeper. But there was nothing like that to be found. It was a just a miscue and it transpired to be the French team’s last big chance of the night but not City’s.
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It was a goal that proved enough to see off the challenge of Pochettino’s team. The PSG coach arrived in Manchester to face a barrage of questions about United’s vacancy only to say he was happy in Paris. If he doesn’t have a decent stab at winning this competition, he may well be available next summer whether he likes it or not.