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Rio Ferdinand slams Man City’s Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte for their roles in PSG opener


The Manchester City pair came in for criticism (Picture: Getty)

Rio Ferdinand has slammed both Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias after Manchester City conceded a goal in the first ten minutes of their Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night.

Neat build up play from the French champions, which involved both Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi, helped set up the goal for former Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye, who finished with aplomb into the top corner.

It was Gueye’s first ever Champions League goal in his 23rd appearance in the competition as PSG looked to bounce back from their sluggish 1-1 draw away to Belgian side Club Brugge in their first group stage game.

But Ferdinand believes that both Laporte, who failed to close down Mbappe’s cut back pass, and Dias could have done more to prevent the goal.

‘If you’re Dias you’re screaming at Laporte, get out there now and close him [Mbappe] down quicker. Because there’s enough white shirts in the box to deal with that situation,’ Ferdinand said on BT Sport.

‘The moment he stands and is in-between, the indecision is a domino effect and leaves everyone else to pick up the pieces.’

Kevin De Bruyne could have seen red for a tackle on Gueye (Picture: Getty)

Manchester city could have found themselves down to ten men in the first half after Kevin De Bruyne’s lunge caught Gueye above the ankle. 

But both Ferdinand and former Premier League centre-back Joleon Lescott believe that he got enough of the ball for it not to be deemed a dangerous tackle. 

‘When you see it in normal time, I think it’s a red card, but others have pointed out to me that he gets a touch on the ball,’ Ferdinand said.

‘It wouldn’t have surprised me if he did get a red card, but I don’t think it is,’ Lescott added.


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