After a slow first half during which PSG went ahead, Manchester City reacted in the second half to win this Champions League semi-final first leg. A result that makes Pep Guardiola happy, who congratulated his players by giving the keys of this better in the second half.
The double face of Manchester City
The Citizens fans had reason to be worried. Stammering his soccer during 45 minutes on the Parc Princes pitch against a motivated PSG and already in front at the break thanks to a Marquinhos‘ helmet shot. Pep Guardiola‘s players were no longer recognizable and the Catalan technician wanted to motivate his players at half-time as he said after the game to RMC Sport. “Guys, play soccer! Show your personality and play! If we have to lose, let’s lose, but we must try! We have to be ourselves, aggressive, especially with the ball. “
The beautiful reaction of City
These words have obviously not fallen on deaf ears. After the break, Phil Foden‘s teammates took the lead thanks to a goal by Kevin Bruyne and a free kick by Riyad Mahrez. The English players took a good option for the qualification and Guardiola was very happy after the game, as he could play his first Champions League final with Manchester City. We started very well and then we conceded the goal,” said Guardiola. We didn’t play the way we should play in this competition, with slackness. It’s not easy against PSG, you know, because as soon as you lose the ball, Ángel Di María, Neymar, Mbappe can start. We were more aggressive afterwards, more intense with the ball, we were able to move the game and we return to Manchester with a good result. “