Mbappe was forced to the end with a thigh injury after scoring a brace in the 3-1 win over Metz on April 24 and then suffered an unusually calm first leg against City at Parc des Princes, ne failing to muster a single blow in a European. game he started for the very first time in his career.
Mbappe suffered a calf injury that saw him omitted in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Lens in Ligue 1, and is only fit enough to be a substitute at the Etihad.
The 22-year-old was largely held in check by another colossal performance from Ruben Dias as City recovered from Marquinhos’ precocious header to win 2-1 in Paris thanks to a cross from Kevin De Bruyne who escaped all odds the world before drifting past Keylor Navas and Riyadh. Free kick from Mahrez who broke through the wall of PSG.
PSG’s chances of reversing such a deficit were therefore dealt a blow with Mbappe unable to start.
Mauricio Pochettino instead went with a four ahead of Neymar, Marco Verratti, Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi.
PSG XI: Navas, Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Diallo, Paredes, Verratti «Di Maria, Verratti, Neymar, Icardi
Submarines: Rico, Randrimamy, Kehrer, Mbappe, Rafinha, Danilo, Kean, Sarabia, Kurzawa, Draxler, Bakker, Dagba
The traveling team of PSG: Keylor Navas, Sergio Rico, Mathyas Randriamamy, Yanis Saidani, Colin Dagba, Alessandro Florenzi, Mitchel Bakker, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Laywin Kurzawa, Abdou Diallo, Thilo Kehrer, Leandro Paredes, Marco Verratira, Danilo Julian Mbean Moise, Mauro Icardi, Pablo Sarabia, Neymar