Marco Verratti believes Paris Saint-Germain must “suffer” to defeat Manchester City, but does not believe they need a miracle in the Champions League semi-final.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side need to overcome a 2-1 deficit in Tuesday’s second leg at Etihad Stadium, after leading the first half in last week’s original meeting.
City’s ability to establish suffocating midfield control after the break at the Parc des Princes, which laid the groundwork for goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez to turn a draw in their favor, was very much in line with the style their manager Pep claimed. Guardiola.
Verratti expects more of the same in Manchester, but feels that PSG must not throw as they try to reach back-to-back finals.
Guardiola has always done this. He likes to have control of the ball, accelerate whenever he wants, calm things down whenever he wants. You have to focus on us, “the Italian midfielder told a news conference before the match.
“We have a good team, a good coach. We must remain clear, calm, we get our chance.
“We did not lose 4-0 in the first stage, there is no need for a miracle. They have a small advantage, but we are there, we are close.
“It will go through small details. If City want to play with the ball, it’s up to us to play with our style of play tomorrow. ”
How successfully PSG can implement this style may well rest on Kylian Mbappe’s fitness, which will be assessed after suffering a calf injury in the initial game.
In terms of City’s approach, Verratti can enjoy taking on a collective of midfielders, for whom he has plenty of admiration.
“[De Bruyne], he is a very strong player, he is fantastic, ”he said.
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“It is a very strong collective since Guardiola’s arrival. We had a good game in the first stage, second half was less good, but because there is a good team ahead.
“Gundogan and Rodri are very good players who control the team. You have to take control of the middle to get a good game. ”
As such, Verratti feels weariness in the pursuit of a win against odds is inevitable.
“We are not a team of foreigners. We want to suffer, ”he added.
“We play in the Champions League, one of the best teams in the world. The times when we must suffer, we must suffer together.
“It’s sports, football, there are times to have chances and to score and others to suffer. Of course, going to the finals will not be easy. We knew that.
“We suffered against Bayern Munich, against Barcelona, but we are ready to do anything during tomorrow’s match.”