Paris Saint-Germain subscribed to efficiency, to put away their clothes in front of the Manchester City downpour and wait for the flashes of their stars to give them the first European victory, 2-0, which revalidates the good start to the season that is starring.
A triumph that bears witness to the project, although he still cannot find a good game and was at the mercy of a willful but ineffective City, which, despite its dominance, found an inspired Donnarumma.
The duel that served as a reunion between Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola fell on the side of the Argentine, as much as the Spanish can boast that his team deserved better luck, while the Flea made up with his first goal as a Parisian a mediocre performance.
The game rolled at the suffocating pace imposed by the City and the Parisian stars, who again completed the trident already baptized as the NMM (Neymar, Mbappé, Messi), they only appeared in brush strokes, as geniuses like.
PSG defended themselves as best they could and had an inspired goalkeeper Donnarumma, who played his first match in the Champions League and who did not make the Parque de los Príncipes long for the Costa Rican Keylor Navas.
The English machinery, however, was not successful in the face of goal, despite the fact that Mahrez and De Bruyne broke the French defense on many occasions.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team managed to survive and took the victory thanks to an early goal from Idrissa Gueye and another in the final stretch from Messi.
A good example of the PSG season, which feeds on its second swords while waiting for its galactics to shine more strongly.
Because until the Argentine’s goal, the performance of the trident had left much to be desired. Neymar blurred, Messi disappeared and only Mbappé contributed some spice with his speed and power.
But it was again a worker, the Senegalese Guaye, who opened the scoring, a lung that took out the brush at 8 to bring to Ederson’s squad a play that Messi started, Mbappé accelerated and Neymar missed before the Senegalese obtained the prize.
He has now 4 in the last six PSG games, which is surviving with the contribution of the least expected players, Ander Herrera, Julian Drexler, Archaf Hakimi and Mauro Icardi.
City eagerly sought the tie and in the 26th only a miracle prevented it from achieving it, after crashing the ball twice on the crossbar in the same play, one Sterling and another Bernardo Silva.
Then the Donnarumma festival began, which was plugging the gaps that City, almost always Mahrez and De Bruyne, were opening in defense.
The French appeared on a couple of occasions in the Ederson area, always with starts of genius from Mbappé, who twice served from the left, the area of the late Neymar. One for Ander Herrera, whose shot from the edge of the area was well answered by the visiting goal, while the second failed to finish it off point-blank Marquinhos.
The referee, the Spanish Carlos del Cerro Grande, sanctioned with yellow a hard tackle from De Bruyne to Guaye, for which the French asked for more punishment.
The script did not change at halftime and Donnarumma continued to keep his team on their feet against the arreones of Sterling and De Bruyne, waiting for them to wake up ahead.
Neymar made a feint in the 65th minute and 9 later Messi appeared, who started a counter, leaned against a great wall of Mbappé’s spur and took the ball to an Ederson squad.
It is the seventh goal that Messi has scored against Guardiola, more than any other player.
Only then did the English team’s drive wane, resigned to leaving Paris empty, their first defeat in the last seven matches away from their stadium in the Champions League and the first in the group stage since 2018.