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3 talking points as Manchester City book their place in the Champions League final

Manchester City have booked their berth into the UEFA Champions League final after defeating Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 on aggregate.

The second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final between Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain was played out in great fashion at the Etihad Stadium. The hosts secured a comfortable victory over their opponents courtesy of a double from Riyad Mahrez. Angel Di Maria‘s red card in the second half made it all the easier for Pep Guardiola‘s side as they were leading on an aggregate scoreline of 4-1 and were then handed a numerical advantage as well.

PSG looked dangerous only for the first ten minutes of the game before their attack consisting of Neymar, Angel di Maria and Mauro Icardi was completely suppressed for the rest of the game.

Riyad Mahrez‘s early goal in the 11th minute certainly came as a surprise to many after the Algerian scored from a deflection that resulted from poor defending. The former Leicester City forward scored another goal in the second half which was like a nail in the coffin for Paris Saint-Germain’s hope of progressing into the final.

It has been two tough and unforgettable seasons for Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League after losing the final last year to Bayern Munich and now being eliminated in the semi-final. On the flip side, Pep Guardiola is on the verge of delivering Manchester City their first-ever Champions League title while also ending his unsuccessful drought in Europe’s elite competition.
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PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN’S FRONTLINE WAS SIMPLY AWFUL

There was nothing to write home about Paris Saint-Germain’s attacking quality in both fixtures of the semi-final. PSG’s attack was awful at the Parc des Princes and they were equally poor at the Etihad Stadium as well. The absence of Kylian Mbappe was heavily felt in the second leg, however, the likes of Mauro Icardi, Neymar and Angel di Maria were nowhere to be seen on Tuesday evening.

Icardi had an awful game, the former Inter Milan striker was anonymous for the 62 minutes he was on the field before being substituted for Moise Kean. Meanwhile, Neymar once again failed to perform against Manchester City. The Brazilian was often drifting out of position to collect the ball to perform something extraordinary by himself which ultimately resulted in possession being lost. In fact, the former Barcelona winger lost possession the most number of times (5).

Angel Di Maria also had an off-day against City and his emotions got the better of him after he stamped Fernandinho’s feet on the touchline and was subsequently sent off. Overall, it was an abysmal performance from the front three who failed to register a single shot on target at the Etihad Stadium.