Manchester City welcome PSG to the Etihad on Tuesday for a highly-anticipated UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg. After the first leg saw City earn a 2-1 win in Paris last Wednesday with lady luck on their side, getting two goals in the second half that PSG will still wonder how they found the back of the net. The result in the first leg means PSG will have to score at least twice in this one to have any chance of making back-to-back finals.
Manchester City: Don’t expect City to sit back and focus on defending. They want to kill this game off early against a PSG team that does allow some really good looks on goal. Two goals for City would force PSG to score four. While we will see City a bit reserved in the middle, don’t expect them to shift their mentality. The key will be to possess the ball and be cautious of the counter. The lead is far from comfortable, but if City’s attack plays even an average match, they’ll be set.
PSG: All eyes have been on whether Kylian Mbappe would play after picking up an injury in the first leg. He did not play against Lens at the weekend but did make the trip to Manchester on Monday. And late breaking news on Tuesday is that he will be on the bench. PSG could be in big trouble without him. This feels like a match where he is going to have to score a goal and set one up for the visitors to feel good about their chances. Without him, Neymar will have to stop up in a major way and not only be the team’s best player, but carry the load for PSG’s missing star as well.
A match filled with goals sees City take an advantage back to England on away goals. Pick: PSG 2, Man. City 2
Manchester City vs. PSG Live Stream: Watch Champions League Online, TV Channel, Lineups
If Tuesday’s second leg of the Champions League semifinal between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City turns out to be anything like the first, then soccer fans will be in for quite the treat.
After dominating the first half at home and taking the lead behind an early Marquinhos goal, PSG imploded in the second half. In a 13-minute span, the French champions went from leading, to losing, to down a man after Idrissa Gueye’s red card followed goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez.
The stunning turnaround at the Parc des Princes puts Manchester City on the brink of its first-ever Champions League final with two away goals in its pocket. A City win Tuesday would also break the English record for most consecutive Champions League victories with seven.
Man City XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko; Gündogan, Fernandinho, B. Silva; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Foden.
PSG XI: Keylor Navas; Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Diallo; Ander Herrera, Paredes, Verratti; Di Maria, Icardi, Neymar.
PSG is left sweating over the fitness of forward Kylian Mbappé after he missed the club’s weekend win over Lens with a calf injury. The 20-year-old star is the club’s leading scorer in Champions League with eight goals, only two behind Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland. He begins Tuesday’s match on the bench.
In addition to playing for the chance to reach a first Champions League final, Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday has brought Pep Guardiola’s side to within three points of its fifth Premier League title in the last nine years.
The winner will go on to face the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between Chelsea and Real Madrid (1-1 agg.) in Istanbul on May 29.
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