PSG 2-0 Man City: Messi, Donnarumma star in a vital home win for Pochettino’s side | UCL 2021-22

Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain celebrate
Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain celebrate - IMAGO / Sebastian Frej

Paris Saint-Germain picked up their first win of the Champions League campaign against Manchester City earlier tonight.

Goals from Idrissa Gueye and Lionel Messi wrapped up the three points for the French outfit at home.

Here at Anytime football, we look at the three major talking points from tonight’s contest.

Lionel Messi opens his account

The former Barcelona star has finally scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain and he will be looking to build on this performance and get back to his best.

The Argentine international has been struggling to replicate his peak form at his new club so far but tonight’s performance will give him a massive confidence boost ahead of the remainder of the season.

Gianluigi Donnarumma steps up with a commanding performance

The Italian international joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer earlier this summer but he has struggled for regular game time at the club.

Keylor Navas has been preferred over him and the player was reportedly frustrated with the lack of game time.

However, he was given an opportunity tonight and Donnarumma did not disappoint.

The highly talented shot-stopper produced an excellent performance in between the sticks and he was arguably the best player on the pitch for Paris Saint-German with crucial saves at crucial junctures of the game.

Lack of a recognised goal scorer could end up costing Manchester City

The Premier League champions have not replaced Sergio Aguero and it could prove costly for them this season.

Pep Guardiola decided to start Raheem Sterling as his striker but the England international struggled to carve out opportunities with his movement and runs in behind the defence.

Furthermore, Sterling is not a recognised goal scorer either and he had an effort come back off the post tonight.

City have a wealth of creative options at their disposal but they need a recognised finisher in January.