Man City need only a handful of points to reclaim the Premier League title but this week all their focus will be on making it to the Champions League final.
City take on PSG in the second leg of the semi-final this week and Guardiola’s team go into this game with a healthy 2-1 scoreline from the first leg in Paris. These two away goals have given City a lot of leverage but we doubt if Man City will fold into a cocoon and make things ultra-defensive just to sit on this lead.
The Man City manager has a fully fit squad to choose from this week and he also managed to rest some really important players against Crystal Palace on Saturday. So most of Guardiola’s important players are fully fit and energized.
PSG are by no means out of this race since players like Neymar and Kylian Mbappe can single-handedly change the outcome of this tie. So Pep Guardiola will surely have some extra advice for his defenders, much like he did in the first leg.
Man City team news vs PSG:
Ruben Dias and John Stones were both rested during the weekend but they will come back into the side, replacing Laporte and Nathan Ake at the back.
Joao Cancelo played as a right full-back vs Palace but he is likely to move to the other side of defence as Kyle Walker will come back into the side.
Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan were on the bench this weekend and Guardiola did not have to bring them on. The pair though are guaranteed starters for the second leg.
Pep Guardiola is known to play with a false nine in these big matches and this time will be no different with De Bruyne likely to be deployed in that role.
Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez will both come back into the side meaning Raheem Sterling will once again have to be content with a place on the bench.
Since a false nine system is expected to be used by Man City, Bernardo Silva will also get a chance to start, but in midfield. Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus will be on the bench and the manager can call them on if he needs to change things up a bit.
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