Unsurprisingly, Lionel Messi is dominating the headlines ahead of Manchester City's trip to face Paris Saint-Germain.

Mainly it's been the six-time Ballon d'Or winner's fitness up for speculation, whether or not he will be fit enough to once again face off against his mentor Pep Guardiola, but there has also been plenty of discussion from the Blues boss on how to deal with him on the pitch if he does play.

After a resounding victory over RB Leipzig in their Champions League group stage opener (while PSG could only draw with Club Brugge) City would be in a great position to qualify for the knock-out stages if they win in France - while dealing a serious blow in the host's quest to do the same.

Despite their disappointing result in Belgium and losing France's equivalent of the Community Shield to Lille, PSG have started their league campaign like a house on fire, winning all eight of their matches and scoring 22 goals in the process. They already have a nine-point lead at the top and it's surely only going to get bigger.

And they have taken such ascendency in the division without their new dream front three firing on all cylinders.

Messi has made just three appearances since his shock signing from Barcelona, missing the last two games due to injury, and is yet to score or assist. Neymar has scored just once and that was from the penalty spot. Only the wantaway Kylian Mbappe has been delivering, with four goals and four assists to his name.

No, things are yet to truly click for the highly-hyped 'MNM' and it remains to be seen how a trio of big fishes will like all sharing the same pond.

But that doesn't mean PSG are without threat. Far from it. In fact, with 'MNM' taking the spotlight, it's easy to forget just much talent there is elsewhere in the squad that City must be wary of.

Perhaps the biggest is Achraf Hakimi. In a summer in which PSG signed Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma and more, it was Hakimi who the club spent the most on a transfer fee for and who has taken to life in Paris the best.

Over the years at Borussia Dortmund and especially at Inter, where he played a crucial part in their Serie A success, Hakimi has developed into one of the world's best attacking right-backs.

Achraf Hakimi celebrates his winner against Metz

The rapid Moroccan is a menace down the flank and already has three goals and two assists this season. He scored twice, including a composed last gasp winner, in a 2-1 victory over Metz and bagged a thumping volley on his Ligue 1 debut.

Joao Cancelo has had a strong start to the season but the left flank is often a weakness for City and that can't be the case when facing Hakimi.

With such a top-heavy side, the engine room of the midfield has been vital for Mauricio Pochettino this season and as Marco Veratti has been sidelined, it's been the surprising pair of Idrissa Gueye and Ander Herrera who have been marshalling the middle of the park.

While they have little in the way of invention or creative spark, both are extremely combative, energetic and dogged, and will give City's midfield a heck of a fight. They have also been getting in among the goals, too. Former United man Herrera is sat at the top of the ranks with Mbappe on four, while Gueye has scored three times this season already, one fewer than he got in three years at Everton and half of his entire total tally at PSG.

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With so much attention on PSG's attack, it appears as though their defensive-midfielders have gone unnoticed and have been able to become more of a goal threat, so City's own midfield will have to be on the ball to deny them chances.

Whether he starts or not will depend on Messi's availability, but even if he comes off the bench Mauro Icardi will be a threat.

The striker has become the forgotten man in the French capital yet he still has great instincts in the box and has scored three times this season, including two crucial winners. He is a more traditional fox-in-the-box frontman than the array of dynamic forwards he is competing with but, should get on the pitch, then City's centre-backs must keep their eyes on him.

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