Preview, Staff Information and Match Prediction
Manchester City will be welcome Paris St. Germain for the second leg of the Champions League Semifinals. Pep Guardiola’s team won the first leg at Parc des Princes 1: 2. Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez scored the goals after Marquinhos gave the hosts the first goal.
Now the citizens They not only have a one-goal lead, but also two away goals. PSG have to score at least two goals and only then do they have a chance to reach the final. While for Manchester City, they have to remain vigilant for much of the game.
Even if they score the first goal early and let go of their guard, the Parisians can hurt them and things will be back to first place. It is also possible that we will see a more defensive Manchester City because Guardiola has often refused to allow his side to express themselves fully in such knockout games.
Analysis: Manchester City versus PSG
Citizens are well aware that PSG will desperately try to hold and attack the ball in order to score goals. Manchester City could allow this for visitors to remain in possession. However, they will try to push them very hard as they did last season at Etihad against Real Madrid.
Pep Guardiola can set that trap, and if the Parisians are unable to handle the press, City can try to score on the transition. On the other hand, if the home team have possession, PSG will try to push them hard and win the ball early.
The highly competitive game is expected to last 20-25 minutes, after which the will could see some ball possession spells for one of the teams. Set pieces will also be of vital importance in the game. The most important thing will be to score goals and both Poch and Guardiola would not interfere with the way they come.
When and where
Manchester City will host Paris Saint Germain at 12:30 p.m. (IST) at Etihad Stadium for the Champions Leg semi-final second leg
Team News and Injury Update
Pep Guardiola must now be very happy with his physiotherapist. He’s served his entire squad with no injuries or suspension issues.
Expected line-up: Ederson; Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, John Stones, and Kyle Walker; Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne; Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva and Riad Mahrez.
Paris Saint Germian
Mauricio Pochettino has to do without Juan Bernat, who is injured. Idrissa Gueye was sent off in the first leg and is suspended for the game. While the former Spurs boss is hoping Kylian Mbappe will be a fit for the game, it is unclear whether the Frenchman will be available or not.
Expected line-up: Keylor Navas; Mitchel Bakker, Presnel Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Alessandro Florenzi; Leandro Paredes, Ander Herrera; Marco Verratti, Angel Di Maria, Neymar; Mauro Icardi.
Manchester City are yet to be beaten by PSG in Europe after facing them four times. The citizens won against them twice and there was a draw twice.
Kevin de Bryune
The Belgian star is often praised for his assists but has a very good record against the Ligue 1 giants. Citizens hope that not only will he help in this game, but he will also score a point or two.
Paris St. Germain
With Mbappe facing a late fitness test, the Brazilian has more responsibility. Man City players would want to avoid facing him alone and they might oust him. If PSG players are able to run runs in rooms left behind by the City players, and if Neymar can find them, the visitors can create good opportunities.
12th man prediction: Manchester City 1 against PSG 1
In the first leg, both teams had problems creating clear opportunities. It is likely that the same will happen in this leg as well.