May 18, 2021

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PSG have yet to make a decision on Mbappe as Pochettino calls for courage against Man City

Paris Saint-Germain have still not decided whether Kylian Mbappe will be in the second round of the Champions League semi-final with Manchester City on Tuesday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men face an upward battle to advance to the final of the second consecutive season after losing 2-1 at home to the Parc des Princes.

PSG must score at least twice to go through, but may be without Mbappe, who missed Saturday’s Ligue 1 match with Lens due to a calf injury.

He did not have a shot in the first stage, marking the first time he failed to muster an attempt after starting a game in his Champions League career.

Still, it will be significantly more difficult to plan a turnaround at the Etihad Stadium without Mbappe, who has been involved in the most shot sequences (60) of any player still left in the competition.

Since joining PSG in 2017, Mbappe has only missed two of their 38 Champions League games, with the capital club winning one and losing the other. Their shots per. Game average is 13.6 when he plays compared to 8.5 in the two games he missed.

Asked about Mbappe’s availability, head coach Pochettino replied on Monday: “We have to assess Kylian today.

“He will start with an individual training, we still did not decide whether he will be available or not tomorrow.

“We see today and make the decision tomorrow.”

Idrissa Gueye does not come along after he was sent off in the first half, the midfielder was given a two-match ban for an even red card he received in the second half, where PSG only had one shot and 35 percent of possession.

Pochettino knows that PSG cannot let City dominate the game again if they are to have any hope of getting through to the showcase in Istanbul.

“We have to be clinical and we have to be aggressive,” he added. “We need two goals if we want to have the opportunity to go through to the final. That is the goal and we will try.

“We have to take the risk, we have to be brave, we have to plan the game, knowing that Manchester City is a team that can manage a different way of playing.

“It will be a battle, it will be difficult, but the most important thing is that we will be ready.”

The odds are stacked against PSG, where English sides have won the previous 47 ties in the competition when they have won the first stage away.

However, Pochettino believes there will be no lack of motivation to disrupt the odds in the PSG camp.

“Houston, we have a problem if we need to motivate our players,” Pochettino said with a smile.

“We have to call if that happens. Players love to play this type of game. ”