Champions League: where in Manchester City five days to challenge PSG?

Opponent of PSG on Wednesday in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League (exclusively on RMC Sport), Manchester City has impressed a little less in recent weeks. But Pep Guardiola’s team has the opportunity this weekend to clinch a first trophy this season.

If you haven’t made your arrangements yet, hurry to free up your Wednesday night. In five days, in its den at the Parc des Princes, PSG will meet with Manchester City in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League (to be followed exclusively on RMC Sport). A new battle to be fought for Parisians. One more step for the executioners of FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich, in the quest that should lead them to the final scheduled for May 29 next to Istanbul. Except that Pep Guardiola’s team has the same goal as Kylian Mbappé and his gang: to achieve the hat-trick. She could even become this season the first to achieve a historic quadruple in England. But his ambition came up against the cold realism of Chelsea, who fell from the Skyblues last Saturday in the semi-finals of the FA Cup (1-0).

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A new hitch, a week after being surprised by Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds in the Premier League (2-1). It’s a fact: for a month, the Cityzens no longer display the impressive level they had shown from December to March, when they had chained 21 victories in all competitions. Just that. Their recent performances have been more sluggish, including on the European scene. After their convincing success in the first leg (2-0), on their land, they had to work not to get out by Borussia Mönchengladbach in a much less controlled return quarter-final (2-1) . “We didn’t play well at all for 15 minutes, we weren’t brave enough, we were afraid of losing, it was quite visible. But after the Dortmund goal, we got into the game, we managed to keep the ball more and take the game in hand, “Ilkay Gündogan had rightly acknowledged on BT Sport.

Less killer Cityzens

Embarrassed by sequences by the opposing pressure, City had not been flamboyant on the offensive plan. With this tendency to sometimes circulate the ball over and over again without finding many solutions. Be careful, the Skyblues remain formidable in the game between the lines, their counter-pressing and their ability to exploit the wings for centers back or at the far post. And barring disaster, we won’t have to wait very long to see them lift the Premier League title. But in recent games, they seem less effective. Less clinical, less killers. Special mention for Raheem Sterling, whose last club goal dates back to February 21. The form of Gabriel Jesus, who has only found the net once in his last five appearances, is another worry for Guardiola. Another disappointment of the moment: John Stones, excluded for a bad gesture Wednesday against Aston Villa (2-1).

“He’s been having a good season. With the arrival of Ruben Dias, he’s once again become a player to be reckoned with. He has put Aymeric Laporte on the sidelines. But lately, he’s been playing ball after ball while we arrive in the money-time. When City play very high, in the opposing half of the opposing camp, it has a mad difficulty to manage the depth. It does not have a burst of speed and often has absences of a few minutes in a The Parisians can take advantage of it, “said Emmanuel Petit, consultant RMC Sport. Guardiola is also in the dark about Kevin De Bruyne. Hit in the right foot and ankle in the FA Cup last weekend, the Belgian conductor is uncertain for the double-confrontation against the Parisians.

The Foden Threat

Even if his coach wanted to be rather reassuring at the beginning of the week: “It’s less serious than what we expected and Tuesday he felt much better. Maybe he will be ready for the semi-finals of the League champions. ” Phil Foden will arrive a priori in great shape at the Parc des Princes. Scorer in the first leg and in the return in the quarter-finals of C1, still decisive on the ground of Aston Villa, the young English attacking midfielder (20 years old) shines with each exit. As if he had not been at all disturbed by the controversy over his tweet sent to Mbappé after the qualification of his team for the last four of the Champions League.

“He is often decisive in big games. He is illustrated by his efficiency, his assists and his goals. He amazes me by his maturity. He sent on the bench a boy like Sterling who was unwavering in Guardiola’s eleven. . He continues to progress and amaze me. He has extremely invigorating support, which allows him to make a difference in small spaces, “insists Emmanuel Petit. Foden will be expected again on Sunday in the English League Cup final against Tottenham (5.30 p.m.), at Wembley. The Skyblues’ last game before their trip to Paris and possibly their first trophy of the season.

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