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Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester City at Parc des Princes

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Parc des Princes Referee : Dr. Felix Brych
28th April 2021 8:00 PM (BST)
  • 1 Paris Saint-Germain

    • ‘15' Marquinhos
  • 2 Manchester City

    • ‘64' Kevin De Bruyne
    • ‘71' Riyad Mahrez

#mancity

Commentary By John Edwards

22:58

Goodnight!

That's it from me after what felt like a momentous night for City in the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola's men showed great character to fight back against a PSG team who looked extremely impressive in the first half and you can check out all the match reaction and stats below.

Of course, it's far from over, and we'll host Mauricio Pochettino's side in the second leg next Tuesday when our two away goals could prove vital.

Before then, there's a trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday and we'll have live coverage in our Matchday Centre from 10.30 (UK).

See you then!

22:51

Pochettino - City were better than us

"There were two different halves, we did well in the first half but it is difficult to eliminate a team like City. We deserved to be ahead but they were better than us and dominated the second half. The two goals were accidents, but they created more than us. It was one half for each team.

"The two goals are very disappointing. It is difficult to accept but that can happen, and it has happened in a semi-final. It is very painful."

22:48

Match stats 🔢

And some good omens...

🔹 Under the current format of the Champions League, City are the first English side to win 10+ games in a single campaign, with Real Madrid (in 2011-12), the only one of the five other such sides failing to go on and lift the trophy.

🔹 City are the first English side to win six consecutive European Cup/UEFA Champions League matches in a single season since Leeds United in the 1969-70 campaign.

🔹 In the history of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League, there have been 47 instances before tonight of an English side winning the first leg of a two-legged knockout tie away from home, and on all 47 occasions the English side has progressed.

🔹 Riyad Mahrez has been directly involved in 20 goals in just 26 starts in the UEFA Champions League (8 goals, 12 assists).

🔹 Tonight was the first time Kylian Mbappé completed 90 minutes in a UEFA Champions League match and failed to attempt a single shot.

22:42

Guardiola - Anything can happen in the second leg

“I know in the second leg anything can happen. We scored two goals. We feel the pressure and we have a good result and we want to reach the final. We don’t have time because we go to Crystal Palace and it’s a dream come true to have the chance to win the Premier League for the third time in four years. 

“PSG can change their shape, anything can happen. And when they go close to our box, you had feeling anything can happen. It’s still open and I have a feeling my players know that.”

22:37

Guardiola - Mahrez handles the big stages

"He played really well. He as played really well in the last month. He was so aggressive. His first movement was a pass to Kevin. 

"He's a guy who doesn't feel the pressure. On the big stages he handles it it really well."

22:34

Guardiola press conference

The boss has taken his seat at his post-match press conference. Live updates coming up!

Here's what he said when asked if he saw his side grow tonight:

"Definitely. We started well in the first 10 minutes, but after we had a problem keeping the ball, mainly because of the quality of Pochettino’s team. 

“You have to be aggressive against these big starts or you can’t do it. When were more aggressive doing a good intensity, we were different. We can be more aggressive and fluid. 

“I was happy in the locker room after the players were just calm. Not cheering, just calm. Anything can happen in the second leg. Now we go to Crystal Palace to make an important step in the Premier League.”

22:26

De Bruyne - Mahrez asked for the free-kick

Our No.17 has revealed how he and Mahrez came to the decision over who was taking the free-kick that led to our second goal...

"He asked if I could take it and I said if you believe in yourself you take it. I feel confident in all my team and he scored the goal, so who am I to say something about that!"

Simple!

22:26

Pep - I am so satisfied

More from the boss' TV interviews:

"We changed a bit the way we pressed. In the last 10-15 minutes of the first half we were more aggressive. After, we found the goals and could have scored another one. 

"In general I am so satisfied for the performance but we are still half way. PSG is a team where anything can happen."

22:21

Pep Guardiola - Excellent in every department

Here's what the boss had to say to the TV cameras.

We'll bring you live updates from his post-match press conference shortly.

"We started really well and after we conceded we felt the pressure. But that’s normal, for a lot of us it's the first time in semi-final but the last ten minutes of the first half was good and the second was excellent in every department. We scored two goals away, that is so important but we have a hard job to do in six days."

22:13

De Bruyne - We played great football

"I think it was a game of two halves. We started well the first ten minutes, had some control but they’re an unbelievable team with great quality up front. It's a shame about the way we conceded, after that they had some small chances but then we changed the way we pressed and it became better, we had a couple of opportunities. 

"But I think the second half was much better, I think we put them under pressure. The way the first goal goes in was a bit lucky but we played great football in the second half and did well."

22:09

Shaun Goater - City upped their game

It was vintage City in the second half as we controlled possession and created a host of opportunities. 

And it's hard to disagree with Shaun Goater's assessment: 

"That was one of the huge things, the tempo that allowed us to get KDB and Phil in the game. The sequences of passing, I was thinking ‘I want to see that again’ it was so exciting to see each of the players wanting the ball in tight areas. 

"This is what we’re about, the tempo and how we moved it. We saw Phil get more involved. I think City upped their game, it was brilliant."

22:01

Paul Dickov - World class

It feels like a landmark moment for City in Europe. PSG deservedly led at the break, but that second half belonged to Pep Guardiola's men and Paul Dickov could not be more impressed:

"That was never in doubt was it? That was a magnificent performance. We just dominated and PSG did not know what to do with us. A world class performance from a world class team." 

21:53

Full-time: PSG 1-2 City

It's all over in Paris and what a night it's been for City, who complete a brilliant turnaround with a dominant second half performance.

The tie's far from over but those two away goals from De Bruyne and Mahrez will be vital! 

A special night in Europe! 🙌

90+4'

Just over

Ooft! City aren't done here.

The ball falls to De Bruyne 20-yards from goal and he has only got one thing on his mind as he unleashes a fizzing drive that flies just over the bar. 

What a goal that would have been!

90'+3'

Digging in

They're down to ten men, but PSG are still pushing.

Neymar cuts inside off the left wing and tries to combine with Mbappe, but Zinchenko comes sliding in to clear. 

Open
88'

Close!

Foden darts through midfield and gets between the PSG centre-backs before taking aim from 20-yards, but he sends his fierce drive straight at Navas.

That would have wrapped things up tonight.

Open
86'

In the book

De Bruyne picks up a booking after he catches Danilo on the foot with a late lunge.

Plenty of protests from the PSG players, with Neymar running from afar to get involved.


Open
85'

Effort!

Riyad Mahrez has been so impressive tonight and he's just gona close again as he drives a low effort towards the near post.

Navas was at full stretch, but it flies inches wide of the goal.

81'

Pouring forward

This is City's game now. We're bossing possession and you wouldn't bet against us getting another.

We might have done if someone had been able to meet Rodrigo's cut back after his surging run down the right, but instead Florenzi chests it back to Navas.

78'

Red card - Idrissa Gueye

PSG are down to ten men as Gueye is given his marching orders for a poor tackle on Gundogan.

The midfielder can have no complaints as he caught the German on the ankle with a late challenge.

Can we take advantage in the final 10-minutes?

76'

Chance!

It's all City now!

Phil Foden beats Marquinhos in the air to a cross from the right, but he sends his header straight at Navas.

What an advantage that would have given us.

Open
71'

GOAL! Mahrez - PSG 1-2 City

Turnaround complete! 🙌

Mahrez fires a free-kick into the bottom left corner from 20-yards and we have the lead!

It's a brilliant strike, but the PSG wall did a terrible job and allowed the Algerian to fire right through the middle of them.

We're not complaining! 

Open
65'

GOAL! De Bruyne - PSG 1-1 City

YESSSSSS! It's been coming and we finally get our reward, but Keylor Navas will not be happy with that.

City take a short corner and work it over to De Bruyne on the left hand side.

The Belgian curls an inviting cross - and it was definitely a cross - into the six-yard box and, with no one able to get a touch on it, Navas is rooted to the spot as it bounces into the back of the net. 

GET IN! 

64'

Pass and move

It's getting better and better for City, but we're still waiting for that all important goal as Marquinho's clears Walker's cross in behind.

It's a brilliant flowing move, with Mahrez picking out the overlapping Walker and his low pass was begging to be hit if someone in a sky blue shirt could have got there!

Open
61'

Ahhh!

Kevin De Bruyne goes for the spectacular with bicycle kick as a cross drops invitingly for him in the area.

He catches it cleanly but can't keep it down and it flies over the bar.

58'

Alert

PSG fire another warning as Di Maria sprays a ball forward which Mbappe looks to get onto, but Ederson is alive to it and comes racing off his line to clear.

56'

Danger

After a good spell for City, which finishes with Marquinhos hoofing clear a De Bruyne cross, PSG give us a reminder of their quality on the counter

Mbappe is the man at the heart of it, twisting and turning Stones on the right of the box before fizzing a low cross the six-yard box.

It only needed a touch, but thankfully, it's Walker who gets something on it to turn it behind for a corner.

53'

In control

City have started well here, dominating possession and pinning PSG back deep in their own half.

There's a lot more attacking intent to our play, but a wall of navy blue shirts between us and the goal right now.

48'

Overhit

City build patiently, moving the ball from right to left, where Cancelo turns away from Di Maria and slips Foden in, but the midfielder's cross evades everyone in the box.

Cancelo was left in a heap by Di Maria as he recovered to stop the pass, but the referee isn't interested in the full-backs appeals.

47'

Cleared

Decent start as Mahrez wins a free-kick from Bakker in a promising position on the right.

De Bruyne whips it in but the PSG left-back heads it clear and City cover possession and look to build again.

HT

Paul Dickov - Still confident

Credit where credit is due, PSG have been impressive, but we have had our moments too and Paul Dickov reckons we can exploit them at the back.

"We didn't let our heads go down, we started moving the ball around a lot quicker, there was much more intent with it, we won the ball higher up the pitch and the chances came from it. I’m still confident. 

"The first half of the half we were breaking but allowing PSG to get back into shape, when Phil, Bernardo, Riyad, KDB got on the ball quicker up the pitch, they look suspect defensively."

HT

Shaun Goater - Stop Neymar and Mbappe

PSG's star men were in impressive form in that opening 45-minutes. Shaun Goater says we need to prevent them moving through the gears after the break.

"The opening 10-14 minutes was what I anticipated, dominating possession, moving the ball, even though we didn’t threaten the goal. 

"They got into the game and when you see Neymar and Mbappe doing little one twos, that’s when their confidence starts to come. It’s about not allowing them to do those sort of things. They can go to another level."

HT

Half-time: PSG 1-0 City

Aaaaaaaand, breathe.

A pulsating first half draws to a close and PSG have the lead thanks to Marquinhos' 15th minute header.

It's a game which has lived up to its billing and City have had chances, but there's work to do after the break.

Open
44'

Chance!

PSG play their way into trouble, which allows Bernardo to square the ball to Foden inside the area.

The youngster has time and space to pick his spot but drills it straight at Navas. 

Our best chance of the game and you'd have backed him to score.

41'

Tackle!

It's not what you expect from him, but Mahrez has just made a superb last ditch intervention.

Florenzi drives inside the City and gets away from Stones, but as he overruns the ball, Neymar comes running in to smash home for close range, only to for Mahrez to get his body across to shepherd the ball away.

It was checked by VAR, but replays showed the Algerian got the ball.

Quality defending.

38'

Superb play!

Brilliant footwork from De Bruyne, who dances away from a couple of defenders in the area, before firing a low ball across the face of goal.

It's begging to be turned in, but Bakker gets their ahead of Bernado and clears behind for a corner, which Navas punches clear. 

Great stuff from the Belgian!

35'

Sliced

That's not something you see very often.

Ederson comes racing out to the left of his area to meet a long ball forward, but slices his clearance up in the air.

He makes no mistake the second time round though, punting it into the stands.

33'

End to end

It's breathless stuff in Paris! 

PSG are playing with confidence and they race up the other end, where Mbappe can't quite get a pass under control in time to get a shot off. 

He turns it back to the left-back, Bakker, who drills a low shot against Stones.

Open
32'

Opportunity!

Navas gets his team into trouble as his attempt to play out from the back is intercepted by Foden. The youngster gets to the by-line and cuts a ball to the back post where Mahrez is waiting to head it towards the far corner, but Paredes gets back to head it clear.

Good pressing for City and we nearly got our rewards!

30'

No danger

It's City's turn on set-pieces a De Bruyne takes responsibility for a free-kick deep on the right.

He fizzes in a curling ball, but it's too close to Navas, who punches it away under no pressure. 

Open
27'

Whipped

PSG have looked dangerous off set pieces and that's largely do to the brilliant delivery of Di Maria.

He's just whipped another ball in at pace. It only needed a touch, but thankfully Ederson comes out to punch away for another corner.

This time it's Neymar who delivers and Paredes gets in front of Dias at the near post but glances his header wide. 

Open
22'

Chance!

That's better!

Cancelo cuts inside on his right foot and sends a brilliant ball to the far post, where Bernardo slides in to meet it.

The Portuguese midfielder doesn't make the cleanest connection - it was a tough ask on the slide - but he does force Navas to turn the bal behind for the corner. 

Finding our feet a little, here. 

20'

Back on the ball

Never ideal falling behind early away from home and it's going to be a real test of character for our boys.

They've responded well in the minutes following though and a decent spell of possession finishes with a De Bruyne cross that Kimpembe heads away.

Open
15'

Goal, Marquinhos - PSG 1-0 City.

The home side have the lead as Marquinhos heads in from Di Maria's corner.

It was a pinpoint delivery from the right by the Argentine and the PSG captain's forward run created the space for him to glance a header into the far corner.

Open
12'

Save

Walker blocks Di Maria's cross and PSG win the first corner of the evening, which Neymar curls in from the left side.

He picks out Mbappe at the far post, who cuts it back for Florenzi who's low blast is blocked, but it only goes as far a Neymar who finds a yard of space and forces a good save from Ederson.

Decent start from the visitors. They've had the better of the attacking play so far.

10'

Bringing the noise

You may not be able to hear on TV, but City's bench are working hard to create a proper atmosphere here, as they did in the home leg against Real Madrid last season.

The subs and backroom staff are all being VERY vocal and it's carrying up to the press box several tiers above them.

6'

Committed

Pep Guardiola said he wanted his players to play their usual game and we've certainly been committed to that when in possession.

Mahrez, Foden, Bernardo and De Bruyne have stationed themselves right up the pitch, with Walker and Cancelo joining Gundogan and Rodrigo in midfield.

The Spaniard's just split the PSG defence with a nice through ball, but there was well too much on it for Walker to reach it.

4'

Wayward cross

PSG get the ball forward again as Gueye clips it out to the advancing Florenzi on the right flank.

The full-back hangs a high ball up to the far post, but it's nowhere near Neymar and City clear comfortably. 

Open
3'

First chance

A very early warning for City as Rodrigo loses the ball in midfield and it allows PSG to counter-attack.

No prizes for guesses who was leading the charge for the home side. Kylian Mbappe raced away and fed it to Neymar on the left, whose angled drive was straight at Ederson.

19:58

Here we go...

The teams are out on the pitch at the Parc des Princes, the iconic Champions League anthem is blaring out and we are moments away.

Here's a reminder of how the two teams line-up.

CITY: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne (C), Mahrez, Foden, Bernardo.

PSG: Navas, Florenzi, Marquinhos (C), Kimpembe, Bakker, Gueye, Paredes, Verrati, Di Maria, Neymar, Mbappe.

19:52

Paul Dickov - Walker v Mbappe

Kyle Walker v Kylian Mbappe could be one of the more intriguing one versus one match ups if the Frenchman ventures out to our right flank this evening.

Both men have an exceptional turn of pace and Paul Dickov is hoping we get to see them go head to head.

"I’d love to see him and Walker in foot race together. They’re fantastic players, athletes and machines. Kyle sometimes goads forwards into trying to pace him, it’ll be interesting to see if he does that tonight."

19:40

Paul Dickov - Enjoy it and get after them

Plenty to ponder tactically ahead of tonight's game. Both teams will be wary of each whilst trying to maximise their own strengths, but Paul Dickov believes it will be business as usual for City.

"I think we’ll see a normal Manchester City game. Pochettino will know if he tries to come out and dominate, we are the best at retaining the ball, so they’ll expect us to have the ball then hit us on the break. 

"Pep was interesting when he said he wanted them to go out and play like a pre-season game and play with freedom. He went back to the Cruyff quotes of the hardest part is getting here and to enjoy it. 

"That's the best thing these players can here, just go out there and enjoy it, we are a fantastic team and pep will tell them that, to enjoy it and get after them."

19:37

Pep Guardiola - We have to play like we have done this season

The boss has just completed his pre-match media duties. Here's what he had to say:

On naming the same XI that beat Borussia Dortmund:

"If we win, it worked well. If not, it’ll be why not play with the strikers. We need that type of game with lots of passes and the guys to have the quality to keep it. And in the right moment we have to defend and attack all together. We have to think about the transitions, they can use our own and they are so dangerous. We must try to put the players to play like we are and have done this season."

On PSG's threat on the counter-attack:

This is a team that wins leagues, and winning the league means they have to impose their game. And most opponents in France will defend so deep. They have to find a way to attack them so they know how to do it as well as the pace they have up front. They can punish you but so can all the teams at this stage."

19:29

Getting a feel for it

It's a big night for all our players, but an extra special occasion for Riyad Mahrez who is back in the city of his birth.

Our No.26 was born in the Parisian suburb of Sarcelles, around 15 miles from the Parc des Princes.

19:25

Shaun Goater - Two top teams and two top managers

The talent on display on the pitch and in the dugout is certainly fitting for this stage of the tournament. There's world class operators across the field and Shaun Goater can't wait to see how it unfolds.

"He [Mbappe] has got some speed. He’s absolutely rapid and is quality. This guy is explosive. This is where we have to watch him, he’s got the goals, he can play up the middle and out wide. 

"I like the fact that we play against this team with our top players. I like the fact that their best players are in and it’s game on. Two quality managers taking each other on too, I’m licking my lips."

19:18

Stat pack 📈

🔹City are unbeaten in o ur previous three matches with PSG, winning once and drawing twice.

🔹 We have won nine of our 10 UEFA Champions League games this season (D1), two more than any of the other three semi-finalists (Chelsea, 7). No English side has ever won 10+ games in the same campaign under the current format (since 2003-04).

🔹 Pep Guardiola is set to take charge of his eighth Champions League semi-final tie, the joint-most of all managers alongside José Mourinho. He has the chance to reach his third final, which no Spanish manager has done before.

🔹 Kevin De Bruyne has had a direct hand in eight goals in his last seven UEFA Champions League appearances in the knockout stages (4 goals, 4 assists), whilst he scored in both legs of Manchester City’s quarter-final tie with Paris SG in 2015-16. Only three players have scored in three games in a row vs the French side in the competition – Lionel Messi, Marcus Rashford (3 each) and Neymar (4).

19:15

Shaun Goater - City could have too much for PSG defence

Once again, City line-up without a recognised striker. There's a host of candidates to fill that central attacking role and Shaun Goater thinks it will ask questions of the PSG defence.

"When you look at Kimpembe and Marquinhos, this is an area that for me is where they’ll need to address. KDB will come in, Foden etc… 

"Marquinhos, his attitude is that of a winner, he steps up in big games but I think City will be too much for them. I’m intrigued to see how they’ll cope with City without a focal player at number 9 against them."

19:09

Mauricio Pochettino - Pep's the best

It will be a battle of wits between two of the most highly regarded manager's in the game this evening.

Guardiola and Pochettino have faced each other 18 times, with the City boss winning 10 games to the Argentine's three and it's safe to say the PSG tactician has a great deal of admiration for his opposite number.

Here's what he had to say at his pre-match press conference:

“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."

19:06

Ruben Dias - Individuals win games; teams win titles

Our Portuguese defender telling us exactly what we want to hear before a big game.

"I like to look at the game as a collective because I really believe you can't do it any other way. Individuals can win games but leagues and big competitions are won by teams.

"Every football fan knows about Paris Saint-Germain - be it individually or collectively. In the Premier League, Champions League and any competitions, we end up facing all kinds of players. Our mindset is always the same: take one game at a time, treat every game like a Final.

"Only like that can our team succeed."

19:00

Paul Dickov - I've been climbing the walls!

There's always a mixture of emotions ahead of a game of this importance and that's the case for Paul Dickov, who is UP for this one! 

"I’m absolutely buzzing, I can’t wait, I’ve been climbing the walls, I’ve needed to be scraped off the ceiling all day. A tiny bit nervous but that’s always a good sign, still very confident."

18:54

Talking tactics

Club Journalist, Neil Leigh:

"It looks as though Guardiola will opt to deploy his preferred 4-3-3 formation, with the main topic of debate revolving around who will be the striking focal point.

"As expected, Ederson returns in goal with Kyle Walker and Cancelo occupying the right and left-back berths respectively and Ruben Dias and Stones deployed at centre-half. Returned to the starting line-up Rodrigo is set to once again sit deepest in midfield providing the defensive anchor, behind Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva.

"That should see Phil Foden, De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez deployed further forward with De Bruyne potentially deployed as a false nine though such is City’s fluidity a number of other candidates could also form the striking focal point As always, we'll have to wait until kick-off to find out exactly how we shape up tactically at the Parc des Princes this evening."

18:48

PSG team

PSG also make four changes, with Marquinos, Mitchell Bakker, Idrissa Gueye, and Angel Di Maria coming back into the starting XI.

Thilo Kehrer, Layvin Kurzawa, Ander Herrera and Pablo Sarabia drop to a strong looking bench that includes Mauro Icardi and Julian Draxler.

STARTING XI: Navas, Florenzi, Marquinhos (C), Kimpembe, Bakker, Gueye, Paredes, Verrati, Di Maria, Neymar, Mbappe.

SUBS: Rico, Kehrer, Icardi, Rafinha, Danilo, Kean, Sarabia, Kurzawa, Herrera, Diallo, Draxler, Dagba.

18:45

Team news 🔵📋

Pep Guardiola makes four changes from Sunday’s Carabao Cup final, as Ederson, John Stones, Rodrigo and Bernardo all return to start in Paris.

They replace Zack Steffen, Aymeric Laporte, Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling, who are all amongst the substitutes. 

Rodrigo makes his 100th appearance for City.

STARTING XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne (C), Mahrez, Foden, Bernardo.

SUBS: Steffen, Trafford, Ake, Sterling, Jesus, Aguero, Zinchenko, Laporte, Torres, Mendy, Fernandinho, Garcia.

18:40

Nearly time!

We're Not Really Here will live in five!

Tune in to hear Paul Dickov and Shaun Goater's thoughts before this one and remember, we want to hear what you think too!

Get involved using #WNRH on Twitter!

18:35

Form guide 📈

City have won 30 of our previous 33 games in all competitions and come into the game on the back of a morale boosting Carabao Cup final victory of Tottenham Hotspur.

The Premier League leaders are unbeaten in the Champions League this season, winning all but one of our games and reached the last four thanks to a 4-2 aggregate victory over Borussia Dortmund.

PSG are second in Ligue 1 one and have won 19 of their last 25 games in all competitions.

One of those defeats came against Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final, but the 1-0 loss was not enough to derails Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who progressed on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw.

18:28

Riyad Mahrez - These are the games you dream of

 It's going to be a special night for the Paris-born winger!

“When you are a young boy you dream about these stages. You play football for these types of games and stages. I knew when I signed that with this team and manager we would arrive here.

“But you have to show you deserve to be in the final. It is done by showing your personality in the big games and the big moment."

18:21

Pep Guardiola - Enjoy the pressure

This City side have the chance to make history if they can reach the Club's first European Cup/Champions League final. It's only our second time at the last four stage and the first under Guardiola. The stakes are high, but the manager wants his players to embrace the pressure.

This was his message at his pre-match press conference:

 “We know we are going to suffer in both games and they will have chances. I know the weapons they have. Every person who loves football, everyone 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 do not just have two players who make the difference. There are many other situations and we have to know them and we have to talk about them. Are we going to think about their players or do what we want to do?

“I learned from Johan Cruyff, enjoy the game. Enjoy the responsibility. Enjoy the pressure.  That is the elite. 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."

18:13

Injury news 🤕

In a game of this magnitude, you want everyone available and the good news is, City have no fresh injury concerns following our Carabao Cup final victory. 

“Everyone is fit and ready and happy, I think,” said Pep Guardiola at his pre-match press conference, so he'll have a fully fit squad to choose from.

PSG are expected to welcome back Kylian Mbappe, who went off injured against in the 3-1 win over Metz at the weekend, but full-back Juan Bernat and back-up goalkeeper Alexandre Letellier are both out injury.

18:05

We’re Not Really Here

Paul Dickov and Shaun Goater proved to be lucky charms as the guests for our live matchday show against Spurs on Sunday and they return for this big European game.

The former strike pairing join Natalie Pike in the studio at the Etihad Stadium to bring you the usual mix of City focused opinion and analysis.

The pre-match show begins at 18:45 (UK) and returns at half-time and after the full-time whistle as our guests share their thoughts on all the action.

We’re Not Really Here is free to watch on all our digital platforms, including here in the Matchday Centre, where you can also listen to exclusive live audio commentary from Alistair Mann and former midfielder Michael Brown.

Not to be missed on a night like this!

18:00

It's matchday! 👌

Good evening!

And welcome to the Matchday Centre for Manchester City’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Paris Saint-Germain.

Three days after our Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium, Pep Guardiola's men have to regroup and go again in another huge game.

De Bruyne, Neymar, Foden, Mbappe, Mahrez, Di Maria. 

It is a mouth-watering clash and you can follow it live with me!

Kick-off is at 20:00 and from here on out I'll be guiding you through the matchday, including all the pre-match build-up, minute-by-minute in game updates and all the reaction after the full-time whistle.

The game kicks-off at 20:00 (UK) on Wednesday 28 April and you can follow live updates right here from two hours before. 

Can City get a positive result to take back to the Etihad next week?

Let's find out...

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 FC Porto 6 +7 13
3 Olympiakos 6 -8 3
4 Marseille 6 -11 3
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