‘Playing Messi, Neymar and Mbappe together makes PSG weaker’
After much fanfare Paris Saint-Germain got their Champions League campaign underway and Mauricio Pochettino was able to unleash his attacking trident of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi, but former England striker Michael Owen feels the French side are weaker with the three stars playing together in the same lineup.
It was the first time that the star trio started together for PSG and Owen felt there was enough evidence to suggest the team is weaker with them on the pitch together.
"As much as we drool over them, this PSG team with those forwards, they're all phenomenal players in their own right," Owen said on BT Sport.
"But three together makes it weaker for me and I don't really understand why they're one of the favourites for it [the Champions League]. I think the English teams - Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United - are far, far superior."
Owen went on to say that other players PSG signing Gianluigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi and Sergio Ramos was more important to the Ligue 1 side.
"I almost feel as though the signing of the likes of Donnarumma and Sergio Ramos gives them more of a chance of winning [the Champions League] than the signing of someone like Messi."
PSG were held to a 1-1 draw by Belgian side Club Brugge on their Champions League debut this season, with Ander Herrera scoring for Pochettino's men.