Man City - PSG: injured and suspended players for the Champions League semi-final
PSG are hoping to turn round the tie in their second leg against Manchester City, but will the squad news impact on their plans? We have a look...
PSG travel to Manchester to face Pep Guardiola's City in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tie on Tuesday. And the French champions will make a late decision on whether forward Kylian Mbappé will be available, coach Mauricio Pochettino said on Monday.
Mbappé biggest concern for PSG
Mbappé, PSG's top scorer this season with 25 goals in Ligue 1 and eight in Europe, missed the 2-1 victory over Lens on Saturday due to a calf injury.
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Video footage circulating on social media showed Mbappé limping on his arrival in Manchester for the match at the Etihad Stadium, but Pochettino will make his final assessment after the first-team training session.
"We need to assess Kylian, today he's going to start individual training session and see if he'll be with the team," Pochettino told a news conference. "It's still one day, we didn't decide and we will see tomorrow."
Having suffered a 2-1 defeat in Paris last week, PSG know they must score at least twice on Tuesday if they are to stand any chance of heading to their second straight Champions League final.
Pochettino said he will not tweak PSG's formation -- with or without Mbappe -- but emphasised the importance of his team converting their counter-attacking opportunities. Tomorrow we must be ready to suffer and then be clinical and aggressive when we get chances," the Argentine coach said.
"They have an advantage and we need to take risks, be brave, plan the game knowing City is a team that can manage different ways to play. We need to be clever, believe and show our quality on the pitch. It will be a battle but we will be ready."
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PSG vs Manchester City: injuries and suspensions
Manchester City: City have a virtually clean bill of health for this crucial clash - one that their manager suggested was bigger than the final - and only Eric Garcia misses out. With a full squad to choose from, will Kevin de Bruyne again be asked to play as a false nine or will Sergio Aguero be given a run at the PSG defence from the start?
PSG: Mbappé, as per above, is the major talking point ahead of this game and based on alll information available is more than likely to start from the bench. Left-back Juan Bernat and reserve goalkeeper Alexandre Letellier are definitely unavailable to Pochettino due to injury, while Idrissa Gueye is suspended for this game (and potentially the final) due to his red card last week.
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