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5 reasons why Paris Saint-Germain can make a comeback against Manchester City tonight | UEFA Champions League 2020-21

Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester City  - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Leg One
Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester City - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Leg One
Shambhu Ajith
FEATURED WRITER
Modified 04 May 2021
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Manchester City produced an inspiring second-half performance to register a 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes last week.

Paris Saint-Germain seemed to be in control of the game in the first half but were only able to showcase a tame version of themselves in the second-half. Manchester City took full control of the game with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden producing commendable performances.

However, Pep Guardiola knows that his side's 2-1 lead is as slender as they come. Paris Saint-Germain also pack enough firepower in their squad to overturn a deficit like that and will go all guns blazing in order to book their flights to Istanbul for the final showdown.

Both Pochettino and Pep have prior experience when it comes to fielding their teams in the UEFA Champions League semi-final and it'll be interesting to see how two of the world's best coaches match up against each other on the biggest stage.

Without further ado, let's take a look at five reasons why Paris Saint-Germain will make a comeback against Manchester City.


#5 Idrissa Gueye's absence could be a blessing in disguise for Paris Saint-Germain

Idrissa Gueye is shown a red card by Referee Felix Brych after a reckless challenge on Gundogan
Idrissa Gueye is shown a red card by Referee Felix Brych after a reckless challenge on Gundogan

Idrissa Gana Gueye's frustration boiled over in the final quarter of the first-leg against Manchester City and he was sent off for a poor studs-up challenge from behind on Ilkay Gundogan. But that might not exactly disadvantage Paris Saint-Germain.

Idrissa Gueye does not offer a lot going forward and on Tuesday, Paris Saint-Germain will need to be knocking relentlessly on Manchester City's doors to have a chance of making it to the final. In Gueye's absence, Marco Verratti could drop into a deeper role.

While Verratti can shine in that role, this will enable Pochettino to field Julian Draxler ahead of him. Draxler has performed well in the Champions League and shares good chemistry with the likes of Mbappe and Neymar.

An attack consisting of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe (given he's cleared to play), Mauro Icardi, Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler ought to spell danger for any European side.

#4 A rested Angel Di Maria and Marco Verratti will be a different proposition for Manchester City

Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester City - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Leg One
Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester City - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Leg One

When Paris Saint-Germain faced Manchester City in the first-leg, they did not have the luxury of resting some of their main men in the buildup to the game. Neymar, Mbappe and Verratti started the game against Metz, three days before their quarter-final tie, due to how tight the Ligue 1 title race has become.

Di Maria came off the bench in the 65th minute. Paris Saint-Germain still dominated the proceedings in the first-half with Angel Di Maria dropping deep to help out in defence. He looked burnt out in the second half and that led to Manchester City having a lot more space to work with.

This time around, Di Maria and Verratti are well-rested. While Di Maria was an unused substitute in the weekend's game against Lens, Verratti came off the bench for the last half an hour.

Di Maria and Marco Verratti will be looking to replicate their first-half performance from the first leg and this time, they will have the energy to sustain it for a longer period of time.

Kylian Mbappe has been struggling with a calf injury and is a doubt for the second-leg. He was rested against Lens as well. If he has fully recovered, then he'll be a handful to deal with for the Manchester City defenders.

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Published 04 May 2021
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