Champions League

'PSG are carrying 3 passengers in Messi, Neymar & Mbappe which will cost them the UCL title' - Jamie Carragher

Arjun Singh Devgan
PSG's front three of Messi, Neymar and Mbappe struggled to impact their game during their 2-1 loss to Manchester City
PSG's front three of Messi, Neymar and Mbappe struggled to impact their game during their 2-1 loss to Manchester City / Laurence Griffiths/GettyImages

Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher has hit out at the front three of Paris Saint-Germain following their 2-1 loss to Manchester City in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday, claiming that the club are "carrying three passengers" at the moment.

PSG will now have to settle for second place in Group A behind City, with the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar struggling to make an impact against Pep Guardiola's well drilled side on the night. Carragher for his part believes that the poor work rate of the front three will cost the Ligue 1 side in the competition.

"I just don’t believe teams can carry anybody now. Let’s say the four teams who I think one of them will win the Champions League – Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea or Bayern Munich – they do not carry one passenger in the team.

"They [PSG] are carrying three, they’ve got absolutely no chance of winning the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain, absolutely no chance. I get frustrated watching it because with Mbappe more than anybody. I can almost understand Messi to a certain extent, he’s 34, he has to save himself for certain moments, I still don’t think they can carry him, let’s not forget Barcelona haven’t won a Champions League for a long time.

"But Mbappe is 22, he should be sprinting back and getting back helping his teammates against a top Man City team. This thing about walking around the pitch, it’s not for me. When I see [Mohamed] Salah and [Sadio] Mane for Liverpool sprinting everywhere, I see [Kevin] De Bruyne, I see Mahrez, Raheem Sterling the same, Thomas Muller for Bayern Munich, [Robert] Lewandowski.

"I just can’t accept, I don’t care how good they are, that they don’t work for the team. The days of carrying passengers are long gone," he concluded.

It will be interesting to see whether Carragher's claims come true considering that PSG are still being touted as one of the favourites to win the competition - considering that Mauricio Pochettino has all the tools at his disposal to lead them to their maiden Champions League title.