Paris Saint-Germain travel to the Etihad Stadium looking to overturn a Manchester City lead and book their ticket to Istanbul for the Champions League final
Paris Saint-Germain are currently second in Ligue 1, and they now gun for Champions League glory after eliminating their last season’s final conquerors Bayern Munich, sweet revenge from the French club. PSG is now tasked to face one of the most dangerous sides in Europe, Manchester City, who are also equally motivated to win the cup for the first time in their history.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side now have four wins from their last five fixtures in all competitions. Their only loss was against Manchester City in the first-leg semi-final at the Parc des Princes. It would require a herculean effort from Paris Saint-Germain to turn the tie around on Tuesday evening at the Etihad Stadium if they are to book their berth in the Champions League final.
Keylor Navas should continue in goal, while Abdou Diallo playing 90 minutes against Lens suggests that 20-year-old Dutchman Mitchel Bakker will remain at left-back for PSG at the Etihad Stadium. Leandro Paredes and Alessandro Florenzi were absent from the squad on Saturday, though both are thought to be fit for Tuesday evening, with the latter set to return at the right-back position. Meanwhile, the established central defensive partnership of captain Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe remains unchanged.
The likes of Danilo Pereira and Ander Herrera will hope to deputize for ex-Everton midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye, who was sent off for a shocking challenge on Ilkay Gundogan in the first leg against City. However, it could be that Pochettino – knowing that his side needs a dominant attacking display on Tuesday – decides to move the versatile Marco Verratti deeper and slot in someone like Julian Draxler further forward.
Pochettino went with a front four in their recent fixture- consisting of Neymar, who played all but the final seconds, Julian Draxler, Mauro Icardi, and Pablo Sarabia at the weekend, with Angel Di Maria, left as an unused substitute with one eye on Tuesday night. Di Maria will surely return against City, while the likes of Draxler and Icardi will be competing to join him if Mbappe is confined to the bench.