PSG - Man City: injured and suspended players for Champions League semi-final
PSG and Manchester City team news ahead of their Champions League semi-final first-leg clash in Paris this Wednesday.
PSG host Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie in Paris this Wednesday.
The Parisian side reached their first-ever Champions League final last season and are on the cusp of reaching the last-two for a second consecutive year. City, meanwhile, are hoping to do what PSG did last season by reaching the final for the first time in the club’s history, in the only competition that has so far eluded coach Pep Guardiola since his arrival in Manchester in 2016.
Having fallen at the quarter-final stage for three consecutive seasons, this will be City’s first UCL semi-final under Guardiola, and the club’s first last-four appearance since 2015-16, when they lost to Real Madrid.
Neymar: "PSG has really improved"
One of those quarter-final defeats (2018-19) came at the hands of Tottenham under now-PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino, who has superstar strikers Neymar and Kylian Mbappé fit for the occasion. The Brazilian is hungry for Champions League success and has already warned City that he and his teammates intend to “do everything in our power” to win the tie as they look to make amends for last season’s final defeat to Bayern Munich.
"In the future I need to be able to remember that I have won the Champions League once, twice or maybe three times,” said Neymar. "This year PSG has really improved and we have worked a lot to keep improving. We really want to win the Champions League."
Guardiola tells City play "like a friendly game"
But standing in their way is a City side equally hungry for Champions League success. Having lifted the Carabao Cup last weekend, Guardiola’s men are still in the running for a historic quadruple, with their league-winning campaign almost set and their place in the FA Cup final already secured. The Spanish coach has a full squad available and has said he wants to see his team play the match “like a friendly game” and “enjoy” the experience.
"I learned from Johan Cruyff, enjoy the game. Enjoy the responsibility. Enjoy the pressure. That is the elite,” said Guardiola. "That's why the greatest win these competitions because they play like a friendly game. That's what I want to see in my team. We are privileged to be one of the best four teams this season and it must be enjoyed. This is what I want to see in my players."
PSG vs Manchester City: injuries and suspensions
Manchester City: As aforementioned, City have a clean bill of health for this crucial clash. With no injured or suspended players, Guardiola has a full squad to choose from, with Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero having both made the squad for last Sunday's Carabao's Cup final against Spurs.
PSG: Mbappé was forced off against Metz last weekend, but his injury is not believed to be serious and he is expected to start against City. Left-back Juan Bernat and reserve goalkeeper Alexandre Letellier are the only players unavailable to Pochettino.
Neither team has any suspended players for this first leg.
PSG predicted starting XI
Navas; Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Diallo; Verratti, Gueye, Paredes; Neymar, Di María, Mbappé.
Manchester City predicted starting XI
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Jesus, Foden.
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