PSG is facing its fate. Either he overturns everything at the Etihad Stadium and qualifies for his second consecutive Champions League final, or he fails to do so and returns with a low tail to Paris. You have to be strong to score two goals, at least, on the lawn of Manchester City, which prances at the top of the Premier League and which showed all its talent in the second half of the first leg. But PSG can remember that they dominated their opponents in the first half. With which team will Mauricio Pochettino try to get the feat? The chosen system promises to be classic, with a 4-2-3-1.
In goal Navas will look to do better than go and will be protected by hinge guy, Marquinhos-Kimpembe. Diallo should regain his position as left side and Florenzi keep his on the right. It is in the middle that the first choices will be made. In the absence of Gueye, suspended for two meetings after his direct red card received in the first leg, Pochettino should line up a Paredes-Verratti doublet. Either a more offensive choice than usual since Verratti has often played a notch higher. This would provide a place for Draxler to occupy a hybrid role (a bit like Verratti in the first leg) on the left side, like what he had been able to face against Bayern Munich.
What about Mbappé’s condition?
On the right, we would of course find Angel Di Maria, impressive debauchery of energy to go, and in the axis Neymar to feed the attacker. What will it be? Uncertainty surrounds Kylian Mbappé, who was seen lame at Le Bourget airport and for whom Pochettino is worried. Ideally, it is he who will start the meeting at the peak. Otherwise, you will have to choose between Mauro Icardi and Moise Kean. Manchester City side, Pep Guardiola blew a large part of the winning team in the first leg in the Premier League match against Crystal Palace.
We can therefore expect him to hand over the team that was able to turn the situation around at the Parc des Princes. Namely Ederson in goal, Stones-Dias in the center, Walker on the right and Cancelo on the left. In the middle, Rodri, Gündogan and, the subtlety ” guardiolesque “, Either De Bruyne or Bernardo Silva (the one who is not in the middle occupying the role of false number 9). And finally, Mahrez and Foden should animate the wings and disrupt the Parisian rearguard.