France and England are 975 kilometres apart but there is a staggering similarity between two teams from two cities of these two nations.
Manchester City have lived under the shadow of Manchester United since it’s early days. However, the turn of the decade has seen the wind change it’s direction and City have dominated United time and again. Things, however, are a little different in the capital city of France, Marseille and Lyon have always been the two well-known outfits fighting for French supremacy until Nasser Al Khelaifi took over the reins of the capital city club, PSG and there has been no looking back for the Parisians since then.
From world beating players to master class tacticians, the two aforementioned teams have had it all and the goods have been delivered in large numbers. But there is one illusive trophy that has always been their distant dream, the one that marks their continental supremacy and makes them a landmark footballing institution – The Champions League. Season after season, PSG and Manchester City go into the competition as one of the potential teams that could lift the cup of continental supremacy and they come flying out of the starting blocks but these two teams have been lacking something year after year that ultimately marks their exit from the competition.
From world-class players to dynamic tacticians yet their failure at the biggest stage of club competition has been a topic of intense discussion among football pundits. “What exactly is missing from this team ? “ is the question that has been bothering team management of these two sides from quite a while but looking from the other side of the fence there is one conclusion that has been pretty evident for a while.
Teams like Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain boast individual players who can beat any team on their own and that is what has turned into a downside for them. These players look to destroy the opposition instead of winning which happens to be the main objective. And instances of there “ self-destructing” style are as recent as 2017 when PSG crashed out of the Champions League after a 6-1 mauling at the hands of Barcelona. This was a fixture they had taken for granted and had to pay a hefty price for it.
A night that could have been etched into the history of PSG turned into a nightmare for the Parisians because of their own approach of relying on individual brilliance each and every time. Stakes were pretty similar when Manchester City met Liverpool in the round of 8 of the Champions League, Manchester City were firm favourites with the likes of Aguero, David Silva and Leroy Sane. But what happened in the first 30 minutes of the first half was beyond imagination as Manchester City lost out yet again on a Champions League semi-final spot. Two similar teams that have had similar fates courtesy their own approach towards the game.