“I will give the best of myself and I will do everything to bring back this qualification whatever happens, even if it is necessary to die on the field”. Excessive? Surely. Still, Neymar set the tone before the Parisians travel to City’s lawn on Tuesday. The Brazilian will undoubtedly be one of the main factors of the eventual Parisian success on English soil. Capable of the best, as in the quarter-final second leg against Bayern Munich, the N.10 certainly has the keys to the Parisian qualification in his hands. But that will require him to weigh more on his team’s play and be more altruistic than his disappointing second half of the first leg. He will also need to be able to count on his young partner, Kylian Mbappé, if the latter, still uncertain, is established. Decisive in 2021, the French world champion, transparent last week, completely missed out on his first leg. He too will have to recover so that PSG can believe it.
The Belgian is the metronome of the Citizens. Real hub of his team, Kevin De Bruyne also manages to be decisive. Even if his cross was certainly not intended to finish in the net of Keylor Navas, the City playmaker allowed his team to equalize and was even rewarded with a man of the match trophy at the end. of the semi-final first leg. For the Parisians, it will be necessary to succeed in reducing as much as possible its influence to contain Manchester.
“We have what it takes to turn the situation around,” Marquinhos certified after the first leg. The captain of PSG, still a scorer in the first leg of an uncrossed head, has already put on his savior costume in the Champions League. Against Atalanta, last season, it was he who allowed Paris to equalize in the quarterfinals before opening the scoring against Leipzig in the half. On April 7, it was again he who scored against Bayern. So, repeat this Tuesday?
3 – Marquinhos is only the 3rd player to score in both the quarter and semi-finals of 2 consecutive Champions League editions after Cristiano Ronaldo (2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14) and Antoine Griezmann (2015 / 16, 2016/17). Scarcity. #PSGMCI pic.twitter.com/i5cdLGleZS
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Pointed out in recent weeks, the physical freshness of the players in the capital will certainly be scrutinized with attention. Just like their ability to hold the ball, as they did in the first 45 minutes. Of these two criteria, collectively those, Mauricio Pochettino and his men will depend on Mauricio Pochettino’s European future. The changes of the Parisian coach will also be expected earlier than last week: it was necessary to wait until the 80th minute and the expulsion of a breathless Idrissa Gueye for the PSG coach to make a first rotation.
Only 7% of teams beaten at home 2-1 in the first leg have qualified. The statistics are hardly binding for Paris. However, if a club can succeed in overtaking it, it is PSG. Winners in Munich (2-3) and Barcelona (1-4), Mbappé and others have scored, on average, 2.6 goals in their away matches in the Champions League this season. And City’s Etihad Stadium is not an impregnable place: Pep Guardiola’s side, in particular, were recently beaten at home by Leeds in mid-April. A month earlier it was United. So: in May, the PSG?
MANCHESTER CITY: Ederson – Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo – B. Silva, Rodri, Gundogan – Mahrez, De Bruyne (cap.), Foden. Coach: Pep Guardiola (ESP).
PARIS SG: Navas – Florenzi, Marquinhos (cap.), Kimpembe, Diallo – Paredes, Danilo – Di Maria, Verratti, Neymar – Mbappé (or Icardi). Coach: Mauricio Pochettino (ARG)
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