Manchester City returned to England disappointed as they lost 2-0 to French giants PSG in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Goals from Idrissa Gueye and Lionel Messi secured the win for the home side, with Pep Guardiola’s side unable to find a way past Gianluigi Donnarumma in the PSG net.
This result ended a seven-game unbeaten run from City, with the Blues having won six of their last seven matches in all competitions heading into the game.
Whilst it was a difficult night for a number of City stars, one player – in particular – who struggled was central defender Aymeric Laporte.
The ex-Bilbao man was selected ahead of John Stones to partner Ruben Dias at centre-back and endured a difficult night against PSG’s star-studded front three.
For the opening goal, the Spaniard was caught in no man’s land as he made a late decision to close down Kylian Mbappe on the byline. This then opened up a gap in the centre of the box, allowing Mbappe to slide it across for Gueye – with the help of a miskick from Neymar – to fire into the roof of the net.
Had he anticipated the danger and got out quickly to Mbappe then he could have prevented the cross and stopped the goal from happening. Laporte could also have stood his ground and potentially cut out the cross at the front post to stop it from getting to Neymar or Gueye. Instead, he did neither and his decision played a huge role in the ball going past Ederson.
Per SofaScore, Laporte lost 66.7% of his duels in the game, with one battle won in the entire 90 minutes. He also only made one clearance and failed to make an interception or block. Along with that, he was dribbled past (once) as many times as he completed tackles.
This shows how the lightweight was letting Pep Guardiola down at centre-back. He was not imposing himself on the PSG attackers and being a dominant defender, which allowed them time and space to do what they wanted in the final third.
Therefore, Guardiola will surely be feeling let down by Laporte’s performance on the night. The Spaniard was unable to how his best self and could have opened the door for Stones to get his chance to partner Dias again, which could make the team selection for Sunday’s clash at Anfield particularly interesting.