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PSG v Manchester City – The Opposition

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A Look At City’s French Opponents

The Club Badges of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images

Manchester City travel to Paris for their Champions League semi-final against PSG. Both teams knocked out German opposition in the quarter-final, with City overcoming Borussia Dortmund 4-2 on aggregate, while PSG knocked out Bayern Munich, however the tie ended 3-3 on aggregate with PSG going through courtesy of a 3-2 win in Munich.

The winners of the tie will face either Real Madrid or Chelsea in the final, who play their first leg this evening in Spain.

Form

PSG are in a good vein of form as they look to retain the French title for the fourth successive season. Last year, the Parisian outfit were awarded the title due to the outbreak of Covid-19, having played just 27 matches. This season, PSG are one point behind leaders Lille and have lost a surprising 8 games to date.

They have won their last three in the league since losing 1-0 at home to the leaders, and they also lost 2-0 at home to Monaco in February. Before knocking Bayern out, PSG recorded an amazing 4-1 win at Barcelona, but drew the return leg 1-1.

Danger Men

PSG have some of the most dangerous players in Europe and City will need to be on their guard to keep them silent. Top of the list is the obvious Kylian Mbappe. The French international has scored 33 goals from 38 matches, and with 102, Mbappe has the highest shot total of the PSG side. His goal conversion ratio is 32%, one of the best City have faced with a shot accuracy of 61%. Moise Kean is next in the list with 15. The Italian striker has flourished since completing his loan move to Everton, while Brazilian star Neymar as 12.

Former United winger Angel di Maria leads the assist chart with 12 from 32 matches. The Argentine has created the most chances of anyone in the side with 56. The French side have a high pass accuracy rate with only one player, Mauro Icardi, falling below 80 % (78%). Marco Verratti has attempted and completed the most passes in the side. He has made 1,860 successul passes from 2,027, giving him a pass accuracy of 92%, the highest in the side.

Who’s the Boss?

Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has been in charge at the Paris side since January. The Argentine is a former PSG player, who made 95 appearances, scoring 6 goals. Pochettino was in charge of Spurs when they controversially knocked City out in 2018 on their way to the final.