Tony Cascarino's talking points

BAD CALL BY CHELSEA

What did Chelsea not see in Kevin de Bruyne?

I can't understand how they and Jose Mourinho decided to let him go. He may not have played that many games for them but surely he showed his potential in training every day?

Top clubs these days have a wealth of coaches to spot talent and this lad has the lot. He is probably the most gifted young player in Europe when it comes to using either foot. His goal was superb but some of his incisive passing was fantastic.

TOUGHING IT OUT

What has impressed me most about Manchester City is that they have proved to me they have a quality I thought they lacked - grit. They have normally struggled to keep clean sheets in Europe - especially when Vincent Kompany isn't playing - but they were so solid against PSG. Joe Hart had to make some good saves but that is to be expected at this level.

I don't think they'll lift the trophy this year but this tie proved they are heading in the right direction.

PREDICTABLE PENALTY

In this tie we have seen two of the finest strikers in the game - Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Aguero - miss penalties. I was surprised to see the City striker go for the same side he did in the weekend victory against West Bromwich Albion. PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp guessed right and even if the penalty had been on target it would have been saved.

SITTING DEEP WORKED

City's full-backs would normally be far more adventurous. Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy like to push forward to provide support to the wingers but they sat deep and rarely overlapped. They knew they couldn't afford to give space to the likes of Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani and it forced PSG to play through a congested midfield.

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