Pep Guardiola said before Manchester cityfirst step of Paris Saint Germain he believes Neymar would have won more Champions Leagues if he had stayed at Barcelona.
And, he might have been right. On Tuesday, his city completed its elimination of Neymar’s PSG in Manchester. Partly because of misfortune and hurt, PSG have consistently failed in Europe, and they did so again in 2020/21.
Pep Guardiola is back. The city boss is in the Champions League final again after a ten-year absence, having won both of those he played in Barcelona in 2009 and 2011.
He now has the chance to win his third level and draw with Bob Paisley, Zinedine Zidane and Carlo Ancelotti.
The final will be the first in City history, and if they win it, many of Guardiola’s critics will need to step back and give the Catalan some credit for his accomplishments.
Riyad Mahrez is a player for big matches. He proved it with Leicester City in 2015/16, and he’s been doing so since joining Manchester City as well.
He delivered against Borussia Monchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund, and was decisive in both legs against PSG.
Angel Di Maria plays like few others that day but lost his temper after PSG were two goals behind. He got into a silly fight and was rightly kicked out for trampling Fernandinho.
It may seem trivial, but City have a real threat of attack Ederson. The goalie’s passing range is phenomenal and allows him to launch sudden attacks, which led to the opening goal on Tuesday.
Keylor NavasThe unbeaten record in the knockout stages of the Champions League is over. Finals excluded, he had won 13 in a row than he started, and he is one of the goalkeepers with the most wins in the competition with three.