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Mauricio Pochettino has showered Phil Foden with praise ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Manchester City. Foden comes into Wednesday’s match at the Parc des Princes in fantastic form and PSG manager Pochettino singled him out as City’s danger man.

The 20-year-old midfielder is enjoying his best season to date for City, having scored 14 goals in 44 appearances across all competitions so far.

The England international scored vital goals in both legs of City’s quarter-final victory against Borussia Dortmund and is likely to play an important role against PSG after helping Pep Guardiola’s side win the Carabao Cup against Tottenham on Sunday.

If he is involved on Wednesday, Foden will face off against one of the other best young players in world football in Kylian Mbappe and Pochettino was asked about the two stars in his pre-match press conference.

“He’s a fantastic player,” the former Spurs boss told reporters on Tuesday. “We know him very well from England, he’s a player we need to control. We have ideas but he’s an enormous challenge.

“Like Mahrez, De Bruyne, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus. It’s the best team in the world, winning the Premier League, Carabao Cup.

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“They have great players and a great coaching staff. He’s difficult to compare with Mbappe because they’re two different players but he will be a big challenge.”

PSG overcame defending champions Bayern Munich on away goals after a 3-3 draw on aggregate in the quarter-finals.

Having joined the club in January, Pochettino is aiming to help the French giants reach a second successive Champions League final and he played down the personal rivalry with former Bayern and Barcelona boss Guardiola.

“For me it’s one team against another. It’s not a personal battle or a personal game,” he said.

“PSG vs Man City. It will be a battle between two very good teams, when you talk about Guardiola you’re talking about one of the best coaches in the world, if not the best.

“I admire his career, not only the titles but the legacy he is building in football. I am a coach who loves football, trying to learn and compete and win. That is the objective of every club. It’s a game between two big clubs.


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“Both sides have unbelievable players to control for 90 minutes. In our side is the same. It will be tough, very competitive.

“City is doing a fantastic journey this season and the previous seasons with Pep. It’s going to be a tough game, hoping that we can do a good performance and win. That is the objective as always in football.

“We know very well we are going to face a very good City team who are working so hard to be in the place today. They have great players, the club is doing a fantastic job.

“It’s football, we are confident, respect our opponents. For sure it will be a completely different tie than Barcelona or Bayern.

“City are one of the greatest teams in the world. The best coach and if it’s going to be tougher than Bayern Munich, we’ll see, we don’t know.

“We don’t know if it’ll be tougher or if we will win. What’s most important is the 180 minutes to decide to get to the final we have to be better.

“We are calm, we need to fight a lot to beat a really great team like Manchester City.”

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