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Champions League hits & misses: Pressure on misfiring Timo Werner at Chelsea; Riyad Mahrez helps Man City to win over PSG

Champions League hits & misses: Pressure on misfiring Timo Werner at Chelsea; Riyad Mahrez helps Man City to win over PSG

Paris Saint-Germain were hoping their stars would shine in the Champions League semi-final but it was a man born in Sarcelles, on the outskirts of the French capital, who took the game away from them on the night.

Riyad Mahrez’s winner for Manchester City leaves them on course to reach the Champions League final for the first time. The free-kick itself owed a little to fortune as the opposition wall melted into the Paris night, but Mahrez earned the moment with his performance

The Algeria international has been superb for City this season. Man of the match in the Carabao Cup final at the weekend, he was arguably even better here, in attack and defence.

There was too much of the latter for City to do in the opening stages, but it was vital that Mahrez did it, getting his body in the way to block when Neymar was about to shoot from inside the penalty area. Why was the winger even back there?Only Joao Cancelo put in more tackles than Mahrez, but nobody had more shots either – and it was one of them that made the difference, persuading Kevin De Bruyne to step aside so that he could seize the occasionIt is why Raheem Sterling is sat on the bench. While Phil Foden’s form demands his inclusion, Mahrez too has made himself undroppable. On this evidence, he could yet be the key man in the return leg too – and beyond.

News source:skysports

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