Start date: 29 Apr 2021 00:00
Venue: Parc des Princes
Referee: Felix Brych, Germany
Current Paris Saint-Germain squad is:
Forwards: Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, Mauro Icardi, Moise Kean
Midfielders: Ángel Di María, Xavi Simons, Marco Verratti, Idrissa Gueye, Leandro Paredes, Julian Draxler, Rafinha Alcântara, Ander Herrera, Pablo Sarabia, Danilo Pereira, Kays Ruiz-Atil, Édouard Michut, Maxen Kapo
Defenders: Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Alessandro Florenzi, Abdou Diallo, Layvin Kurzawa, Thilo Kehrer, Juan Bernat, Mitchel Bakker, Colin Dagba, Timothée Pembele
Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Sergio Rico, Yanis Saidani, Alexandre Letellier, Mathyas Randriamamy, Denis Franch.
Current Manchester City squad is:
Forwards: Sergio Agüero, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus
Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden, İlkay Gündoğan, Ferrán Torres, Rodri, Fernandinho
Defenders: João Cancelo, Rúben Dias, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy, Nathan Aké, Eric García, Philippe Sandler
Goalkeepers: Ederson, Zack Steffen, Scott Carson.
After winning their first trophy of the season on Sunday in the League Cup final, Manchester City go into the biggest game of their campaign against Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
With the Premier League title all but secured for the third time in four years, the focus for Pep Guardiola and his players will now be fixed on defeating the stars of PSG, beginning with tonight’s first leg in Paris.
The French champions are currently involved in a Ligue 1 title battle with Lille and Monaco, but the prize they have always craved is the Champions League.
Both City and PSG dominate domestically but have never won Europe’s biggest prize, ensuring this will be an intense and passionately contested Champions League tie.
Guardiola possesses one of the most talented squads in Europe but is fully aware of the threats posed by Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
“We know we are going to suffer in both games and they will have chances,” Guardiola said.
“I know the weapons they have. Every person who loves football knows the quality they have. We are not going to deny that, but we are in the semi-final of the Champions League—what do we expect? To play against average players? Of course not.
PSG expect to have Kylian Mbappe in the lineup despite an injury scare in their last Ligue 1 game against Metz.
Pochettino name-checked Juan Bernat and backup goalkeeper Alexandre Letellier as the only unavailable players going into the game, and he has goalkeeper Keylor Navas back after the Costa Rican picked up a shoulder injury in the quarter-finals against Bayern.
Guardiola has no injury worries, and John Stones is able to return in Europe while serving a red card suspension domestically.
The City boss has plenty of decisions to make with an array of star players at his disposal.
PSG Vs. Man City Possible Lineups
Navas; Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Diallo; Gueye, Paredes; Di Maria, Verratti, Neymar; Mbappe
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo; Rodri, De Bruyne, Gundogan; Mahrez, Sterling, Foden.