City have already won a European semi-final 51 years ago, beating Schalke 5-1 at Maine Road after a 1-0 loss at Gelsenkirchen to advance to the Cup Winners’ Cup final in Vienna. It was arguably the best performance of the Mercer-Allison era, Mike Doyle erased the deficit, Neil Young scored twice before Frannie Lee and Colin Bell turned the screw on the German Cup holders of the west.
PSG fell back under City’s spinoff strategy in the second half in Paris last Wednesday and the home side are expected to remain unchanged. PSG, however, have serious concerns about Kylian Mbappé and will leave a decision on whether he will play until the last moment. The World Cup winner’s calf injury prevented him from securing his 2-1 victory over Lens on Saturday and in footage broadcast on French TV last night he was pictured limping as he arrived at the training yesterday.
“We have to assess Kylian, today he will start an individual training session and see if he will be with the team,” Mauricio Pochettino said on Monday. “It’s still a day, we haven’t decided and we’ll see tomorrow. “
Having suffered a 2-1 defeat in Paris last week, PSG know they need to score at least twice on Tuesday to have any chance of qualifying for their second straight Champions League final.
Pochettino said he would not change PSG’s roster – with or without Mbappé – but stressed the importance for his team to convert their counterattack opportunities.
“Tomorrow we have to be prepared to suffer and then be clinical and aggressive when we have the chance,” he said. “They have an advantage and we have to take risks, be brave, plan the game knowing that City are a team that can handle different ways of playing.
“We have to be smart, believe and show our quality on the pitch. It will be a battle but we will be ready. Pochettino’s Spurs scored three goals at the Etihad two years ago to eliminate City on away goals in the quarter-finals. They would need at least three goals to do that tonight, a big challenge even with Mbappé.
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