PSG vs Man City LIVE: Champions League team news, line-ups and more tonight
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe
Follow all the action as Paris Saint-Germain host Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.
The two superclubs, backed by Qatar and Abu Dhabi respectively, have surged to domestic dominance over the last decade, however, reaching the pinnacle of European football has remained an elusive feat. Pep Guardiola has failed to reach a Champions League final since leaving Barcelona but ensured City finally broke their quarter-final curse with an emphatic victory over Borussia Dortmund earlier this month. The club’s ambition to win the tournament has never been a secret, yet the Spaniard attempted to play down expectation ahead of tonight’s tie. “I don’t want to win tomorrow, I don’t want to go to a final,” he said. The dream is to be ourselves.”
PSG, meanwhile, fell at the final hurdle last year, defeated by Bayern Munich in the final. They have been magnificent en route to the last four this season, though, thrashing Barcelona in the last-16 before avenging that loss to Bayern in the quarter-finals. Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are both fit to start and thriving under Mauricio Pochettino, who is also aiming to clinch European glory for the first time after falling short with Tottenham in 2019. Follow all the action below live:
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Everything you need to know ahead of the first leg in Paris
PEP GUARDIOLA SPEAKS TO BT SPORT
A philosophical Pep has given his thoughts ahead of kick-off: “The season has been incredibly good in terms of consistency and results. We are grateful to be here and focused on winning this game. We have to remember what we did in November, December, January, the toughest period in English football history. I cannot demand more from the players. Go out there and enjoy yourselves.
“We struggle a lot in this competition, only the second time in the semi-finals. You have to feel the pressure, but the greatest athletes like this, they don’t think about the consequences. You have to be a little bit worried, but in a good way. I won Champions League finals and some are already forgotten. It’s part of life, defeats, good moments, sad moments, and that makes life so interesting. We are going to die sooner or later. What I want before I die is that tomorrow is better than yesterday.”
STERLING MISSES OUT
A slight dip in form means Raheem Sterling only makes the bench for one of the biggest games in City’s recent history. Not a bad option to call upon if needed, though.
The big news from a PSG perspective is that Kylian Mbappe is fit to start, despite being forced off with injury late in Saturday’s Ligue 1 win over Metz.
City make four changes from the side that won the Carabao Cup at the weekend, with Ederson, John Stones, Rodri and Bernardo Silva returning.
A symbolic semi-final meeting
And here’s our Chief Football Writer, Miguel Delaney, on another key element to this semi-final:
PSG and Man City’s Champions League semi-final takes ‘sportswashing’ to next level
World will be watching what could be a ‘hinge moment’ in the ‘history’ of football
The clash that proves cash is king
Here’s our own Tony Evans on one of the main narratives from this tie:
PSG and Manchester City meet as living proof that cash is king
The semi-final takes place in the aftermath of both clubs escaping sanctions from Uefa over breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP)
Man City XI
Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan, Bernardo, Mahrez, Foden, De Bruyne
Navas, Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Verratti, Mbappe, Paredes, Neymar, Di Maria, Florenzi, Bakker, Gueye
Team news impending
We’ll have the official line-ups for PSG and Man City very shortly…
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