Mbappe named to PSG squad for crucial Man City second leg


Kylian Mbappe has been named to Paris Saint-Germain’s traveling squad for the crucial second leg of their Champions League semi-final at Manchester City.

The French striker was absent for Saturday’s 2-1 Ligue 1 victory against Lens after injuring his calf in the first leg loss to Pep Guardiola at the Parc des Princes last Wednesday.

Speaking after the Lens game, Pochettino said he hopes Mbappe will be able to make it to Manchester as last-term finalists PSG try to save a tie in which they led 2-1.

“I am optimistic for Kylian,” Pochettino told reporters. “We assess it on a day-to-day basis. I think he can play.

While it remains to be seen whether Mbappe will be back, PSG fans can take comfort in the fact that he has been appointed as part of the traveling contingent.

Only Erling Haaland (10) has more goals than Mbappe’s eight in the Champions League this season (slightly above an expected goal average of 7.31), while only four players have registered more than his three. assists.

Mbappe ranks fourth for shots on target (15), second for “big” chances scored (seven), fifth for chances created (20) and first for “big” chances created (eight).

PSG have also confirmed that Idrissa Gueye will make the trip despite being suspended after being sent off in the first leg.

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