IT IS ALL OR NOTHING FOR PEP GUARDIOLA AND HIS WELL OILED MACHINE TONIGHT
When the euphoria of first leg victory evaporated, Pep began plotting how to drag his Manchester City side against a Neymar/Mbappe/Di Maria and Marquinohs inspired PSG side over the line; to their first ever Champions League final. Aside staging an assault in the first division of English football, Pep Guardiola was also brought in to make the Citizens a European power house. Despite painful exists from various stages, the Catalan finally has his city side poised on making it to the finals for the first time ever.
During the first leg, the encounter was largely a one side affair as the Parisians were tearing into City; within the first 20 minutes, even football neutrals would have feared for the worst, as City were unable to impose their play on Pochettinos side. PSG deservedly went ahead in the first half with Marquinohs on the score sheet; there by making him the first defender after– non other than Sergio Ramos to score in both the quarter finals and semi’s.
When the second half began, Man City were a completely different outfit: Guardiolas pep talk might have done the trick, who knows!
They began to exert themselves on PSG: playing with verve and gusto that was missing in the first half. Mbappe was surprisingly kept quiet and was made to feed on scraps as Man City monopolised possession, there by forcing PSG into commiting silly errors that led to both of there goals. Kylian Mbappe had just 31 touches, compared to Ederson Moares 30.
City’s striker less system has worked a great deal in both at home and abroad. Will it come to the fore ones more? Will find out tonight!
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