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

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on September 25, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Beautiful 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 slotted it to the top corner.

Manchester City’s English defender Kyle Walker reacts after Paris Saint-Germain’s Senegalese midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye (unseen) celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League first round group A football match between Paris Saint-Germain’s (PSG) and Manchester City, at The Parc des Princes, in Paris, on September 28, 2021. – 02 (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

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.’

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