Manchester City travel to the Parc des Princes to take on Paris Saint-Germain in the first-leg of the 2020/21 UCL semi-final tie.
Premier League leaders Manchester City are set to face Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night in the first-leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final fixture. The Sky Blues are on the back of a Carabao Cup final win against Tottenham Hotspur after Aymeric Laporte scored a late winner to hand City their first silverware of the season.
Mauricio Pochettino‘s side are certainly favourites to win the competition for a maiden time this season after defeating the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the knockout stages. Meanwhile, Manchester City are also one of the favourites but the Sky Blues have faced comparatively easier sides when compared to the Ligue 1 giants.
Nevertheless, an away victory will be the priority in the visitors dressing room on Wednesday night and Guardiola is expected to make a few changes to his starting eleven from the Carabao Cup final.
Ederson will start in goal for the Sky Blues after being rested in the previous fixture. In the defence, Aymeric Laporte will be dropped to the bench for John Stones to partner Ruben Dias. The English centre-back has formed a formidable partnership with the former Benfica defender this season and will be looking towards eliminating PSG’s lethal attacking trio of Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria and _Neymar_
On the defensive flanks, Joao Cancelo is expected to play as a left-back while Kyle Walker plays through the right-flank. Both Cancelo and Walker have been performing at an exceptional rate for City this season and are expected to put on another top performance in the Champions League.
In the midfield, Ilkay Gundogan and Rodri are expected to play as the two holding midfielders to provide cover to the defence while the full-backs move higher up the field to support the attack. Kevin De Bruyne will play as the attacking midfielder ahead of Gundogan and Rodri. The Belgian midfielder was one of the best players for Man City against Tottenham Hotspur in the cup final as he provided the assist to Laporte to win the cup.
In the front three, Phil Foden will be deployed as the false nine. Despite having the likes of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus on the bench, Pep Guardiola has often preferred playing a false nine instead and Foden has been an excellent makeshift so far. On the wings, Bernardo Silva will play through the left while Riyad Mahrez will look to cut in from the right and have a shot on goal against PSG.