PSG rue Mbappe absence and loss of discipline in Champions League exit

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender Marquinhos (left) commiserates with Paris Saint-Germain's French defender Presnel Kimpembe at the final whistle in their Uefa Champions League second leg semi-final match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on May 4, 2021.

Photo credit: Paul Ellis | AFP

What you need to know:

  • In 2018 and 2019 it was Neymar who was injured as PSG lost in the last 16 to Real Madrid and then Manchester United.
  • This time it was Kylian Mbappe, handicapped by a calf knock that meant he was left on the bench in Tuesday's 2-0 semi-final second leg defeat against Manchester City, huddled up to keep warm on a bitter night in the north of England.
  • Coach Mauricio Pochettino must have hoped his team, having lost 2-1 in the first leg, could stay in the tie long enough to make it worth risking Mbappe for the closing stages.

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