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Jamie Carragher Breaks Down Why 'Three Passengers' At PSG Will Cost Them Champions League

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Jamie Carragher Breaks Down Why 'Three Passengers' At PSG Will Cost Them Champions League

Jamie Carragher believes Paris Saint-Germain are "carrying three passengers" in front three Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi - and thinks it will ultimately stop them from winning European football's biggest prize.

It was another disappointing night in the Champions League for Ligue 1 leaders PSG.

Mauricio Pochettino's side dropped more points in Group A with a 2-1 defeat against Premier League outfit Manchester City as second-half goals from Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling earned the hosts a guaranteed top spot with one game remaining.

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Despite forward Kylian Mbappe getting on the scoresheet on Wednesday night, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes he, and two of his teammates, are "passengers" in a team that have "absolutely no chance" of winning the Champions League.

"I just don't believe teams can carry anybody now," Carragher began.

"Let's say the four teams who I think one of them will win the Champions League - Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea or Bayern Munich - they do not carry one passenger in the team.

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"They [PSG] are carrying three, they've got absolutely no chance of winning the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain, absolutely no chance. I get frustrated watching it because with Mbappe more than anybody.

"I can almost understand Messi to a certain extent, he's 34, he has to save himself for certain moments, I still don't think they can carry him, let's not forget Barcelona haven't won a Champions League for a long time.

"But Mbappe is 22, he should be sprinting back and getting back helping his teammates against a top Man City team. This thing about walking around the pitch, it's not for me."

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Carragher added: "When I see [Mohamed] Salah and [Sadio] Mane for Liverpool sprinting everywhere, I see [Kevin] De Bruyne, I see Mahrez, Raheem Sterling the same, Thomas Muller for Bayern Munich, [Robert] Lewandowski.

"I just can't accept, I don't care how good they are, that they don't work for the team. The days of carrying passengers are long gone.

"And that's why the best three teams in Europe right now - four teams as Chelsea are Champions League winners - the other teams won't win it.

"I've said this about [Cristiano] Ronaldo as well but at least Ronaldo is getting goals. Ronaldo is a passenger without the ball, his goals are making up for that at this minute.

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"In the Champions League games, certainly tonight their goals haven't made up for it.

"Unless you score, you're carrying passengers, and at this level of football you'll have no chance, Manchester United won't win the Champions League."

In fact, Carragher, who was on punditry duty for CBS Sports last night, said that Mauricio Pochettino "has to get out of the club" if he gets the chance to go to Manchester United. "I would be gone tomorrow and it's because of those three stars."

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Thoughts on Carragher's analysis of PSG's front three? Do you think Pochettino should join United if he gets that chance?

Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Mbappe, Football, PSG, Neymar, Lionel Messi, Champions League, Jamie Carragher

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