Man City vs PSG: Expect goals at the EtihadPublished April 12, 2016
All Manchester City need to do to progress to the Champions League Semi-Finals is not concede a goal to French Ligue 1 Champions Paris Saint Germain. This is of course easier said than done as The Citizens have only shut out one team thus far in this season’s competition. On the positive side it was in a similar scenario during the last round when a strong 1-3 victory against Dynamo Kyiv away from home meant that a 0-0 at the Etihad was enough to send them through.
The big question lies with their talismanic captain Vincent Kompany. The Belgian is just coming back from an injury sustained during the first ten minutes of the second tie against Kyiv last month. City Manager Manuel Pelligrini sounds optimistic about Kompany’s chances, but the last thing City will need is to be forced into an early substitution against a team like PSG which move the ball across the pitch quickly.
PSG come into the game well rested as Laurent Blanc left out most of his stars with the game against City in mind during a routine 2-0 win against lowly Guingamp. Since running away with the Ligue 1 title in March with a 9-0 thumping of Troyes, many have felt that Les Parisiens have taken their foot off the gas and become more routine in their play.
Both teams’ strengths are in their attacks with some of the most expensive players in European football on display, so expect there to be goals especially as PSG will have to score at least once, with many predicting a high-scoring game.
David Luiz’s suspension means that the French champions will be without Blanc’s favoured partnership at the heart of his defence, and City can take advantage. Marquinhos will come in to replace Luiz after playing well enough at the weekend, but his lack of time playing with Thiago Silva could mean players like Sergio Aguero could exploit any lack of understanding.