Manchester. City (2) v (2) Paris Saint-Germain F.C
If Manchester City defended in any way as they did in the first match then Joe Hart is in for a long, unromantic night.
Manchester City’s defence was shambolic on that evening. Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolás Otamendi’s defending was more reminiscent of the duo of Sponge Bob and Patrick than it was of a Champions League defensive partnership.
If only Matuidi, Di Maria or the self-proclaimed King of Paris (or is it Sweden? I forget these things) Zlatan had punished them as they ought to have done, then we wouldn’t be having this conversation.
But they didn’t, so now we are sitting on a draw for the 2nd leg. Manchester City has the two crucial away goals.
After the 9-0 mauling of a team (which won’t be mentioned in this article because the team has since then died) PSG clinched the Ligue 1 title by a record 28 points! Okay, I’m not even sure if 28 points is a record but if it isn’t… (In my deep Southern-American voice) “den I’ll be damned!”
So, because they have already wrapped up the league PSG have been giving game time to benchwarmers which means come Tuesday night, Laurent Blanc’s squad will fresh.
City came from behind to beat West Brom over the weekend in a fairly tough match. Pellegrini made a few changes himself in his team’s come-from-behind win against an always tough West Bromwich team.
Manchester City is the team with the advantage. But I feel they need to get another goal or two. PSG will throw the kitchen sink at them because they’d want to make up for last week’s missed opportunities.
Unlike Pellegrini, who may see one of his teams winning the Champions League in the future, Laurent Blanc wants the trophy now.
“If we win tomorrow it will help create a new era of French football, it will change things and it would be a real breakthrough if we get to the semifinals for the first time.
“But that is not the ultimate objective. Expectations are high for us and will remain high until we finally become European champions,”
While Pellegrini, is more worried about the present, “I think that the most important aspect of this team is always to score,”
“We are working here for around three years and for three years I always have the same answer. It is a team that is prepared to score goals, a team that is prepared to play.
“If we think that tomorrow (Tuesday) we need to try to draw 0-0, I think that we are going to lose the game. It’s not in the way we normally play.
“Tomorrow you will see the same team that you have seen the last two and a half seasons here.”
Manchester City’s Possible Starting XI
Hart, B. Sagna, G. Clichy, N. Otamendi, E. Mangala, Fernando, Fernandinho, David Silva, K. De Bruyne, Jesús Navas, S. Agüero
Manchester City Champions League Form
Paris Saint-Germain’s Possible Starting XI
Trapp, S. Aurier, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Maxwell, M. Verratti, Thiago Motta, A. Rabiot, Á. di María, E. Cavani, Z. Ibrahimovic
Paris Saint-Germain F.C. Champions League Form
Time: 8:45 PM
Venue: Etihad Stadium
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Written for The Pundits by @Chiz_ZoBoSportz