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Herrera beats famed €1bn talents to historic PSG goal

The combination of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe could not provide a goal for PSG against Club Brugge. Free signing from Manchester United, Ander Herrara was the goalscorer on the first day the front three of Messi, Neymar and Mbappe would play together.

Herrera beats famed €1bn talents to historic PSG goal

Mauricio Pochettino started a significant campaign 2021/22 UEFA Champions League campaign with as many attacking talents that money can buy. The Argentine coach himself was recruited with a huge amount of money, first to pay off his predecessor Thomas Tuchel, and then to offer him a mouth-watering deal to coach an expensively assembled side. Pochettino's PSG side consists of 6-time Ballon d'Or winner, Lionel Messi; Brazilian golden boy, Neymar; World Cup-winning forward, Kylian Mbappe; and 2021 Copa America tournament-winning goalscorer, Angel di Maria. 

However, with the abundance of goalscorers within the PSG team, a less-fancied Ander Herrera was the one who scored the only goal in a historic match where PSG's attacking trident of Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe shared the pitch for the first time. The Spanish midfielder got on the end of a Kylian Mbappe assist to put the Parisians ahead in their match against Club Brugge. The former Manchester United player thus scored the first goal of Mauricio Pochettino's first full campaign in the UEFA Champions League for PSG. 

With a forward line of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar costing the Qatari-backed French club, one would expect that goals would not be hard to come by. However, the PSG team struggled to translate their 61% possession domination into many goalscoring chances. The Parisians had only 8 shots in total during the match, compared to Club Brugge's 13 for the duration of the match. Neither of the fabled front three has combined with the other for a goal yet this season.

The Argentine coach, Pochettino will have to devise a way for the 3 attacking talents to blend. Ahead of this weekend's Ligue 1 clash against Lyon at the Parc des Princes, Pochettino will hope to get some more synergy into his side. The Lyon match would also be Lionel Messi's first match on home grounds at the Parc des Princes.

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