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Henry slams PSG trio for lack of defending against Man City

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Thierry Henry took upon himself to criticize PSG trio Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe after their defeat to Manchester City.

Thierry Henry has questioned Paris Saint-Germain trio Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe’s status after their defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night.

The former France international argued that the PSG front-three were simply not visible when it came to defensive duties during the game. And he also insisted that part of the blame for the Parisian’s loss should go to Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe.

Moreover, Henry also urged that the PSG attackers must get themselves involved while defending if they wish to lift the Champions League trophy. He also argued that Mauricio Pochettino should have a strong word around so that everyone follows what’s important.

Henry told CBS Sports: “You know where the frustration comes from? It’s because [PSG] used to play at the back, so not seeing those guys come back hurts.”

“As an ex-striker, if you want to win the Champions League. You cannot now in the modern game defend with seven players. It’s impossible. I don’t care who you are.”

“Teams that win titles and win the Champions League more. You need to have at least your front three facing the ball. I mean the bare minimum. We’re not asking you to chase guys to the corner flag. Face them, make it difficult, cut the passing side, allow them to go outside and then maybe now [the full-backs] will feel more secure about what’s happening behind them and in front of them.”

“Right now, they’re too exposed. Teams in the league in France can’t expose them, but Man City can.”

The former Barca star continued: “Can the boss be allowed to have a go at them, or [do] the players rule? It is very difficult. Because if at the top, the coach cannot be strong in terms of what he wants to do and how he likes to play. And he feels the pressure of maybe being happy with some, then it becomes difficult.”

“You saw everyone that left PSG went on to win in Europe – [Unai] Emery and [Thomas] Tuchel – but Pochettino is not allowed to be Pochettino at times with that team.”