Manchester City are facing perhaps the biggest match in the history of the club so far on Tuesday, when they hosted Paris Saint-Germain in their rematch of the semifinals of the Champions League.
More importantly, City draws a 2-1 lead, placing them in a pole position to reach the first final of the Champions League, having only reached the last four in the past.
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PSG played an incredible 45 minutes of football in the first game, but capitulated in the second half as their game slipped away. Last season’s finalists now face a tough battle to reach the final for the second year in a row, but came back with a 2-1 win over Lens over the weekend to regroup for the trip.
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When does it start? Tuesday, May 4 – 8:00 PM (BST)
Where is it played? Etihad Stadium
How to watch on TV in the UK and US? BT Sport 2 (United Kingdom), FuboTV (United States)
Referee? Bjorn Kuipers
WHERE? Paul van Bokel
Pep Guardiola made eight changes over the weekend, with outgoing veteran Sergio Aguero taking on what was a rare start for the team.
Kevin De Bruyne, Riyadh Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Ruben Diaz had rested before Tuesday’s clash, and City were stretching the muscles of a perfectly fit and well-built team.
Alexander Zinchenko started on the bench in Paris last week, but made an impressive episodic game after being drawn in the second half. He could return to the starting XI after also being a substitute over the weekend.
Kylian Mbappe missed entirely in PSG’s 2-1 victory over the weekend, although Mauricio Pochettino is confident the Frenchman will recover from the calf problem by Tuesday.
Angel Di Maria and Marco Verratti both started on the bench over the weekend, but will likely be recalled for the trip to Manchester, while Neymar will also play a key role in the win over the weekend.
Midfielder Idrissa Guy has been sent off after being sent off in the first leg, which means former Manchester United man Ander Herrera can start.
Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Diaz, Zinchenko; Rodri, Gundogan, Silva; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Foden
PSG: Navas; Florence, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Diallo; Herrera, Paredes, Verati; Di Maria, Mbape, Neymar
After losing at home to Leeds, City have managed a six-win rebound win and will be fueled by last week’s dramatic return to Paris. They are close to the Champions League final and there is a real conviction that this season it should be theirs.
Les Parisiens, however, are in the same boat. They came agonizingly close to last season and were better only than the extremely good side of Bayern Munich, but after knocking out last season’s champions in the last eight, their weight is to go with one better than last year.
PSG showed in the first 45 minutes of the first game that they have the number of City and the team of Guardiola should be aware of this. Having said that, the victory in Paris was too great a result to be discarded.
Forecast: Manchester City 2-0 Paris Saint-Germain