'PSG weaker with Messi, Neymar & Mbappe'

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Paris Saint-Germain's new front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have come under criticism for their performance against Club Brugge in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.

The three forwards started together for the first time in PSG's opening 2021/22 UCL game against the Belgian Pro League champions, but it was midfielder Ander Herrera who found the net for the French giants in their underwhelming 1-1 draw.  

Scroll through the gallery above to see PSG in action against Brugge

Many believe the aforementioned trio, who have already been nicknamed "MNM" by French media, have the potential to be something special, but former Liverpool striker and 2001 Ballon d'Or winner Michael Owen disagrees after what he felt was a disappointing display from them against the Belgian club. 

"As much as we drool over them, this PSG team with those forwards, they're all phenomenal players in their own right," Owen told BT Sport. 

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"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."

In a post-match interview, PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino was questioned about the lack of chemistry between the stars in attack, but he dismissed any concerns about the trio.  

"We need time to work for them to build an understanding. That's been clear and we've said that in recent days. We still have to create a team," he told Sky Italia. 

"We didn't have a good evening. We have to stay calm, keep working and take the time we need. Things will get better."

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