Paris is doomed to the exploit. Defeated (2-1) on their lawn at the Parc des Princes last Wednesday, Mauricio Pochettino’s players are now up against the wall when it comes to their semi-final return against Manchester City, to hope to play a second final of C1 consecutive.
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The image of this warm-up is undoubtedly that of Neymar Jr, who shows a very determined attitude, motivates his teammates and gives some advice.
The two teams began their training on the lawn of the Etihad Stadium.
At the microphone of RMC Sport, Mauricio Pochettino explained about the non-tenure of Kylian Mbappé: “We made the best decision for everyone. He doesn’t feel like starting the match, even though he did everything to be there. It was impossible. “
“We spoke with the medical staff. We made the best decision for everyone. He didn’t feel like starting the game.”May 4, 2021
The compositions of the two teams are now known. Paris will evolve in 4-2-3-1: Navas – Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Diallo – Herrera, Paredes – Di Maria, Verratti, Neymar Jr – Icardi. For its part, Manchester City will be in classic 4-3-3: Ederson – Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko – Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Gündogan – Mahrez, De Bruyne, Foden.
The Parisian and Mancunian players arrived at the Etihad Stadium, under a deluge of hail.
Side statistics, nothing is lost yet for the Parisians. Little hope remains as 7% of the teams which conceded a 1-2 defeat in the first leg have managed to qualify in the history of the European Cups (out of 378 previous ones since 1970-71). However, in their European history, Paris Saint-Germain have never managed to reverse an unfavorable score conceded at home.
Just under two hours from kick-off, Neymar Jr launched the match on social media. “May God bless us and protect us”, posted the star auriverde.
The Paris Saint-Germain players have left their hotel in Mancunien. A few hours earlier in the day, Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary Manchester United coach (1986-2013) and the Skyblues’ biggest rival, had visited the Parisian players at this establishment. No doubt Sir Alex Ferguson had to slip wise advice to the daughters of Mauricio Pochettino, to turn the tide against the Citizens tonight.
The miracle will ultimately not take place. Victim of a contracture in the right calf, Kylian Mbappé is insufficiently recovered and will not begin the shock which opposes him to Manchester City. On the bench, Mbappé could still return at the end of the match if the circumstances so require. He should be replaced by Mauro Icardi at the forefront of the attack.
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