Pep Guardiola will face Mauricio Pochettino tonight as Manchester City head to Paris Saint-Germain looking to continue their strong start in Group A.
City beat RB Leipzig in a true thriller last time, 6-3 in the final score, while PSG took Club Brugge in a frustrating 1-1 draw. The Parisian team has high expectations after their busy summer and impressive recruitment, whose crown was, of course, Lionel Messi. He has yet to score for his new club and there have been hints of discontent as Pochettino tries to fit in with Argentine legend Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, all on a functioning offensive team.
Meanwhile, City have stuttered once or twice at the start of the campaign, but made a big statement with a weekend win over Chelsea to advance second in the Premier League table before their clash at the weekend. with leader Liverpool, which makes this midweek match difficult. one for Guardiola to juggle with his team’s selection. The Spanish kingpin has already hinted how difficult the game will be: “What should we do? I don’t know. With this amount of quality, I don’t know how to stop them, honestly. They are so good. This amount of talent as a whole, controlling it is very difficult. We will try to defend well when we do not have the ball and make them run when we have the ball. They are exceptional players. “
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PSG vs Manchester City
The players are in the tunnel and the Parc des Princes seems to bounce before the kickoff; fans, of course, did not attend the semi-final between these teams last season.
Ruben Dias takes City out when the players take the field.
Just in time for THAT Champions League anthem.
Jamie braidwoodSeptember 28, 2021 7:56 PM
PSG vs Manchester City
Pep Guardiola, speaking to BT Sport before tonight’s game:
[On facing PSG] “What a pleasure to be here. Every manager wants his team to reach the level [we had at Chelsea] but sometimes it is not always possible and the opponent is better. But the intention is always to do our best.
[On making two changes and starting Sterling and Mahrez] “They are the specific qualities that I think we need today. I thought about doing maybe more [changes] but for this type of game the players are not tired because they are very excited. The ride was comfortable and the city is magnificent, so there are no complaints. Then we have five days until the game at Anfield.
[On his reunion with Lionel Messi] “I enjoyed it for years. With these players you are willing to suffer, these types of players can be unstoppable at any time. They are too good to control them, and not only him, but Mbappé, Neymar, Verratti. We have an idea of the game we want to do and we will try it ”.
Jamie braidwoodSeptember 28, 2021 7:46 PM
PSG vs Manchester City: Lionel Messi’s record against Pep Guardiola
Messi has also scored six goals in his four previous meetings with Pep Guardiola, his former Barcelona coach.
Messi and Guardiola have divided those four games into two wins each and if the Argentine scored tonight it would also be his first goal with PSG and Mauricio Pochettino.
If you’re looking for a pre-game read tonight, this article by Miguel Delaney is a must-read on Messi’s relationship with Guardiola and the unique challenges of managing the forward Pochettino now faces.
Jamie braidwoodSeptember 28, 2021 7:38 PM
PSG vs Manchester City: Lionel Messi’s record against English teams
Lionel Messi lines up tonight against English rivals in the Champions League for the first time since May 2019.
That night ended in one of the worst defeats of his distinguished career, as Liverpool canceled a defeat in the first leg to beat Anfield 4-0 in the semi-finals.
But Messi has enjoyed many better nights against Premier League rivals, scoring 26 notable goals against English teams in his career.
The Argentine has faced City six times, scoring six goals and winning five of those games.
Jamie braidwoodSeptember 28, 2021 7:25 PM
PSG vs Manchester City
These two teams played two exciting matches in the semi-finals last season.
City won both games 2-1, but the first leg at Parc des Princes was dominated by the hosts in the first half as Pochettino’s team played the best football ever produced in the competition.
But Guardiola’s men changed the script with a second-half-inspired performance and the comeback was complete after Riyad Mahrez’s free kick smashed through a disorganized wall of PSG.
Jamie braidwoodSeptember 28, 2021 7:17 PM
PSG vs Manchester City
Messi returns to a PSG lineup that has won its last two games in his absence, a 2-1 win over Metz and a 2-0 win against Montpellier.
However, things weren’t quite that straightforward, with PSG relying on a 95 minute from Hakimi to beat Metz, while the victory over Montpellier was overshadowed by reports of a feud between Mbappé and Neymar.
The French international seemed frustrated that his Brazilian teammate had not passed the ball to him when he was in promising positions, and his anger increased after Neymar did pass, but Julian Draxler, for his second goal.
It has been a great week for Mauricio Pochettino as he tried to play down any disagreement between the two forwards.
Jamie braidwoodSeptember 28, 2021 7:06 PM
PSG vs Manchester City team news
Lots of interesting pieces to analyze from the starting lineups, with Lionel Messi starting after missing the last two PSG games with a knee injury as a starter.
Messi lines up alongside Neymar and Mbappé in a star-studded attack, though the trio have yet to click through their first three matches together for Pochettino’s side.
Donnarumma makes just his third start with PSG since arriving from AC Milan in the summer, while his Italian teammate Marco Verratti starts after also overcoming an injury problem.
Raheem Sterling has just his fourth start of the season so far and it’s a great night for him. Could we see the England striker play like a 9 at the Parc des Princes?
Jamie braidwoodSeptember 28, 2021 6:55 PM
Manchester City team
Man City XI: Ederson; Walker, Laporte, Dias, Cancelo; Rodri, Bernardo, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Sterling, Grealish
That’s a really strong Pep Guardiola squad, just two changes since Saturday’s 1-0 win over Chelsea with Sterling and Mahrez instead of Foden and Jesus.
Jamie braidwoodSeptember 28, 2021 6:47 PM
PSG formation: Donnarumma; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes; Herrera, Gueye, Verratti; Messi, Mbappé, Neymar.
Lawrence OstlereSeptember 28, 2021 6:41 PM
Guardiola: I don’t know how to stop PSG
Pep Guardiola was eager to play the losers card this week in this gathering of financial muscle. “What should we do? I don’t know,” he said of City’s challenge to end PSG’s qualities. “With this amount of quality, I don’t know how to stop them, honestly. They are so good.
“This amount of talent as a whole, controlling it is very difficult. We will try to defend well when we do not have the ball and make them run when we have the ball. They are exceptional players. They are all so good individually. They can be combined and connected with each other. We are looking forward to playing the game. “
Lawrence OstlereSeptember 28, 2021 6:30 PM