Manchester City have enjoyed a glorious decade under the ownership of Sheikh Mansour but the one prize they’ve really craved is the Champions League and they can seal their place in this season’s final with another victory over PSG.
More European heartbreak looked on the cards when Marquinhos’ header was glanced in from Angel di Maria’s corner after 15 minutes – at that time PSG were in control with Neymar and di Maria having great success – but City responded well after the break with Second-half goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez seeing them take a vital lead.
They also kept their cool as PSG lost theirs, with Idrissa Gueye getting sent off and Neymar receiving a yellow card as they crumbled under the intense nature of City’s press, whilst Kylian Mbappe was kept remarkably quiet by his high standards to boot.
Manchester City v Paris Saint-Germain
UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg
20:00 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport Ultimate HD
(Maximum 10 matches)
APR 2020 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PSG 1-2 Manchester City
APR 2016 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Manchester City 1-0 PSG
APR 2016 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PSG 2-2 Manchester City
DEC 2008 UEFA CUP Manchester City 0-0 PSG
That puts City – who made eight changes for their 2-1 win at Crystal Palace – in the driving seat for tonight and whilst last weeks’ game was a hard-fought contest (and one which PSG could, and perhaps should have scored 2 or more goals in) the balance of the tie ought to suit the hosts much more.
PSG, so lethal at their counter attacking best, now need to push forward from the very beginning and whilst they do pose a realistic threat with Marco Veratti linking veery well with Angel di Maria and Neymar, Mauricio Pochettino faces an anxious wait to see if Kylian Mbappe will be fit to play tonight after he missed Saturday’s win over Lens with a calf injury.
Losing Mbappe would be an awful blow to PSG but even if he’s present, the Parisians look to have a daunting task facing City with a one goal deficit and they could struggle to prevent City from taking advantage of the gaps they must leave behind at some stage. The hosts are 4/7 with Star for another victory in 90 minutes which looks fair, whilst another 2-1 correct score also makes appeal at 7/1.
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