Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala jokingly thanked Chris Sutton after the French defender helped the club beat PSG to reach the Champions League semi-finals.
Mangala has endured a difficult first season after joining from Porto in the summer, with the central defender’s erratic performances attracting criticism from numerous outlets.
Former Blackburn and Chelsea striker Chris Sutton joined the many condemning Mangala for his showings on Monday, telling 5 Live’s Monday Night Club earlier this week: “You cannot give somebody a brain and that’s Mangala’s problem. His decision making is just appalling.
“Physically he’s up there, he can run, he’s strong but defending is all about decision making.”
The Frenchman was excellent at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, with City beating Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final to secure a 3-2 win on aggregate. After the game he tweeted the following:
— Eliaquim Mangala (@Elia22Mangala) April 12, 2016
Mangala might again need to repeat his consistency against PSG if selected for their semi-final double header, with the likes of Real Madrid and possibly Bayern Munich and Barcelona lying in wait.