Manchester City look to reach final as they lead 2-1 at home against PSG
Pep Guardiola are looking to take City to their first Champions League final, in search of their third win, while Pochettino is looking to lead PSG to the top of European football in just their first season.
As Manchester City recover from Marquinhos’ header with strikes from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez – two vital away goals at Parc des Princes – PSG will look to reverse the deficit tonight at the Etihad.
How they both got here:
PSG have held off against defending champions Bayern Munich advancing on away goals with a score of 3-3 from both matches. After an exciting 3-2 win in Germany, fueled by a relentless Kylian Mbappe, PSG fell 1-0 to the Bavarians – but that wasn’t enough to stop them from progressing.
Manchester City have progressed after beating Borussia Dortmund in the previous round, winning 4-2 on aggregate and continuing their quest for their first-ever Champions League final. Phil Foden played a crucial role over both sets, playing with confidence and scoring two vital goals for the English representatives.
Paris Saint-Germain team news and confirmed starting lineup:
Navas; Florenzi, Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Diallo; Parades, Herrera, Verratti; Neymar, Icardi, Di Maria
Kylian Mbappe struggles with a thigh injury and won’t start second leg; a blow to the Parisians, with Mbappe scoring 8 goals in 10 games this season – only Erling Haaland of Dortmund has scored more in this year’s competition. Idrissa Gueye will not be available after being sent off in the first leg, and Germany’s Julian Draxler has not traveled with the squad due to injury.
Despite the deficit, Mauricio Pochettino is convinced his team is motivated and can recover from the first leg loss and reach the final. He told Sky Sports; “It will be a battle but, above all, we will be ready. Gamers love to play these types of games. Nobody wants to go out. They all want to be involved. The former Tottenham boss is hopeful his side will be able to show their quality and reach the final for the second season in a row – after losing to Bayern Munich in the 2020 final.
Neymar will have to continue his good form in the Champions League for PSG to succeed. The enigmatic Brazilian has himself scored 6 goals in the competition this season, and appears to be settled after public contract disputes with the club. Despite being in sparkling form against Bayern in the second leg, Neymar was denied a goal; hitting the woodwork repeatedly and being continually annoyed by Manuel Neuer.
Manchester City squad news and starting lineup confirmed:
Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko; Fernandinho, Gundogan, Silva; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Foden
The expected Premier League champions appear to have a squad in great shape, with the only absence mentioned by Guardiola being defender Eric Garcia – who will not be available due to an undisclosed illness. Man City have chosen to let key players rest at Crystal Palace ahead of tonight’s draw and will be confident they can secure their place in the final on their own pitch tonight.
Pep Guardiola expects it to be the campaign’s toughest link, as he told Sky Sports “The semi-final second leg is always the most difficult – it’s always been like that. The finish is completely different. ” With three straight semi-final defeats during his time with Bayern, the two-time Champions League winner is looking to add to his impressive collection of trophies this season.
The winner of this semi-final will face the winner of Chelsea vs Real Madrid (1-1 after the first leg) – Chelsea advance after fending off Porto and Real Madrid beating Liverpool.