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Manchester City take 2-1 lead into Champions League semi-final second leg against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday; City have never reached the final, while Pep Guardiola won it twice with Barcelona; “The semi-final second leg is always the difficult one,” manager warns
City take on PSG at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday having beaten the French champions 2 1 in Paris in the first leg last wee That result means Guardiola is within touching distance of his first Champions League final since he won the competition with Barcelona in 2011, but he said: “From my experience the semi-finals are always difficult.
You play with the result of the first leg, you play with your mind on the final and sometimes you forget what you have to do – win the game you are playing.The semi-final second leg is always the difficult one – always has been like this. Final is completely different.”
With Istanbul firmly in their sights, Manchester City gear up for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final showdown with Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad on Tuesday night. An exemplary second-half showing from Pep Guardiola’s men saw them emerge 2-1 winners from last week’s first leg at the Parc des Princes, during which Marquinhos’s header was cancelled out by strikes from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez.
Both sides boosted their chances of domestic success at the weekend, as Man City overcame Crystal Palace 2-0 while PSG kept their title hopes alive with a 2-1 win over Lens. As the old saying goes, it truly was a game of two half at the Parc des Princes. After Mauricio Pochettino and Guardiola had exchanged pleasantries on the touchline – a familiar sight from Premier League days gone by – the former’s side began to assume control of the tie, but they only had Marquinhos’s header to show for it.
One would have paid good money to be a fly on the wall during Guardiola’s half-time team talk, as the Catalan coach’s words clearly galvanised Man City to come out all guns blazing in the second period, and they were deservedly level thanks to De Bruyne’s fortuitous effort, which evaded everyone before making the net ripple. The Belgian playmaker then relinquished free-kick duties to Mahrez, who managed to squeeze the ball through the narrowest of gaps exposed by Leandro Paredes and Presnel Kimpembe to put City in front, and the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe could not come up with any answers to their opponents’ determined performance.
Having banished the demons of three consecutive quarter-final exits, Guardiola has his eyes on the prize and a spot in the showpiece event at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium on May 29 – where Liverpool produced the famed ‘Miracle of Istanbul’ – and they have the Premier League title all but wrapped up after a sucessful outing at Crystal Palace.
City hoping to reach first European final for 51 years – the stats
- Manchester City are unbeaten in all four previous European meetings with PSG (W2 D2), winning their last home match against them in April 2016 in the second leg of that season’s Champions League quarter-final.
- PSG have only faced AC Milan (four times) more often without winning in the Champions League than they have against Man City (three).
- Man City have won their past six Champions League matches and victory here would see them break the record for the longest winning run by an English team in European Cup history. Three other sides have won six in a row: Manchester United (1965-66), Leeds United (1969-70) and Arsenal (2005).
- PSG progressed from their last Champions League knockout tie when losing the first leg, recovering a 2-1 first-leg deficit against Borussia Dortmund in last season’s last 16 to progress 3-2 on aggregate. However, in their major European history, the French side have never progressed after losing the first leg of a knockout tie at home.
- Should Manchester City progress, they would reach their first European final for 51 years, since winning the 1970 Cup Winners’ Cup final against Gornik Zabrze. This would break the record for the longest gap between appearances in European finals, currently held by Sporting Lisbon (41 years between 1964 Cup Winners’ Cup final and 2005 Uefa Cup final).