Manchester City are hosting Paris Saint-Germain tonight aiming to finish off the tie and reach the Champions League final for the first time in the club’s history. City earned a 2-1 victory in Paris last week thanks to goals by Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez, and come into the second leg in the ascendancy knowing PSG must score twice at the Etihad tonight if they are not to rely on penalties to progress.
PSG are set to begin the game without Kylian Mbappe after the French forward picked up a calf injury which forced him to miss their win over Lens on Saturday. City have no fresh injury worries and Guardiola was able to rest plenty of his key stars on the weekend as they closed in on the title with a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace. Guardiola is aiming to reach his first Champions League final since winning the tournament with Barcelona – and he has not had a better chance than this one.
Follow all the action from the Champions League semi-final second leg between Man City and PSG below.
Mauricio Pochettino speaks to BT Sport
“I think they took advantage of the second half with two goals. We are now trying to fight to turn the score and we know very well we are going to face one of the best teams in Europe. Its going to be difficult – we need to be calm, patient and resilient. In some period in the game it’s going to appear for us and in that moment we need to work hard to score. We have talented players, we need to find the good balance. Everything is open.”
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Guardiola vs Pochettino
Guardiola came out on top in the battle between two shrewd tacticians last week, but PSG shouldn’t be counted out just yet. The drama of Tottenham’s win at the Etihad in the 2019 quarter-final, masterminded by Pochettino, is still relatively fresh in the memory and will likely serve as motivation for City.
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Mbappe misses out
The big team news is that Mbappe is only fit enough for a place on the bench. That could have a huge bearing on the tie, but he is at least an option for Mauricio Pochettino.
City, meanwhile, bring in Oleksandr Zinchenko at left-back in place of Joao Cancelo, who started the first leg.
Callum Rice-Coates4 May 2021 18:58
PSG team news
No Mbappe in the starting XI for PSG…
Paris Saint-Germain: Navas; Florenzi, Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Diallo, Herrera, Veratti, Paredes, Neymar, Di Maria, Icardi
Callum Rice-Coates4 May 2021 18:46
City team news
Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Mahrez, Silva, Foden, De Bruyne
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City take control of semi-final
Here’s Mark Critchley’s assessment of the first leg, which has put City on the verge of a first ever Champions League final:
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Mahrez on form
A reminder of one of the standout performers from the first leg in Paris…
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