On Wednesday night, Manchester City of Pep Guardiola will be at the Parc des Princes to face PSG of Mauricio Pochettino in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final. Before this European clash, the coach of the English club gave his impressions.
Pep Guardiola reveals the strength of his group
Two years after the quarterfinal win with Tottenham against Manchester City, Mauricio Pochettino is back with Pep Guardiola, but this time on the bench of Paris Saint-Germain. If in Paris, Pochettino can count on the individual talent of Neymar or Kylian Mbappe, the coach of the Citizens knows that he can rely on the impressive collective strength of his players. Taking advantage of the microphone of Canal+, the former coach of FC Barcelona was also keen to highlight the character and quality of his team.
“We may not have a player capable of winning a game on his own, like Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappe or Neymar. But the average level of my players is so high… That’s why no substitutions unbalance the team (…) When I’m asked to talk about the players, their qualities, I always say the same thing: you just have to watch. Turn on your TV and enjoy. Kevin (De Bruyne)… He’s like a knife! When he decides to go, he sees the passes and the game,” said Guardiola. It promises at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday at 21 hours. For this game, Pochettino could count on a group almost complete.
Mbappe and Marquinhos fit to face Man City
Out with injury on Friday against FC Metz, Kylian Mbappe is fine and will be present tomorrow night against Guardiola‘s men. Top scorer in Ligue 1, the French international is highly expected to lead PSG to victory against the newly crowned English champions. In defense, the Parisians are smiling again since their captain Marquinhos will also be in the game against the Skyblues. Injured since the quarter-final first leg against Bayern Munich, the Brazilian defender made his return to collective training and will have to hold his place against Manchester City.