Paris Saint-Germain are set to take on Premier League leaders Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League semi-final.
The two sides have faced each other only twice in Europe’s elite competitions with Man City winning one and drawing the other against PSG. The Ligue 1 giants are yet to defeat the Sky Blues, however, with Mauricio Pochettino at the helm, a possible win could be on the cards.
The former Tottenham Hotspur manager defeated Pep Guardiola‘s Manchester City in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Pochettino has gotten the better of Guardiola in the past and his experience on Wednesday will be crucial for Paris Saint-Germain in securing an important victory on home soil.
The objective will be to prevent the visitors from scoring an away goal. Keylor Navas will be tasked with the duty of safeguarding the goal as the former Real Madrid goalkeeper has been outstanding this season. Navas played a crucial role in both the knockout ties against Bayern Munich and played a pivotal role in PSG’s qualification into the semi-final.
In the centre of the defence, Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe are expected to start. The former scored against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena but was forced off right away after picking up an injury. However, the Brazilian is back in action and his return will be a huge boost to PSG’s defence against Manchester City.
Alessandro Florenzi has also recovered from his injury after missing both the fixtures in the quarter-finals. His return to the starting eleven will mean that Colin Dagba will be dropped to the bench. Dagba was an excellent deputy to Florenzi during his absence, however, Pochettino will prefer having the former AS Roma man start against City.
In the midfield, Mauricio Pochettino will bestow his faith once again in Leandro Paredes and Idrissa Gana Gueye. The two holding midfielders were excellent against Bayern Munich in the second leg of the European cup quarter-final and are expected to perform once again on Wednesday night.
Marco Verratti has also recovered from his injury after missing out on both the quarter-final fixtures. The press resistant Italian midfielder will play through the centre as the attacking midfielder. Angel Di Maria and Neymar will play as the wingers to support Kylian Mbappe who will play as the lone striker leading the attack.