Mauricio Pochettino preferred not to take any risk with Kylian Mbappé, who will be replaced in the starting XI of PSG by Mauro Icardi, against Manchester City on Tuesday (kick off at 9 p.m., live on RMC Sport 1), in semi -final return of the Champions League. Ander Herrera is also the holder.
To reach the Champions League final for the second consecutive season, PSG, beaten in the first leg by Manchester City (1-2), must win away, on the lawn of the Etihad Stadium . This is good because it is precisely what he knows how to do best this season, especially in the Champions League, after impressive victories in Barcelona (4-1) and Munich (3-2). Author of very striking performances during each of these matches, the world champion Kylian Mbappé, preserved in recent days due to a contracture in the calf, will not be able to hold his place on the front of the Parisian attack. Mauro Icardi will start the game as No.9.
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The Herrera surprise
Worried the day before, Pochettino did not get the pledges he expected from his striker. The Argentine coach would probably have preferred not to deprive himself of his qualities, but it is Mauro Icardi who should benefit from the good balls of the Brazilian Neymar. Marco Verratti and Ander Herrera settle alongside Leandro Paredes, Idrissa Gueye being suspended until the end of the competition. The PSG could evolve in 4-3-3 or in 4-2-3-1 with Marco Verratti in n ° 10.
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Diallo replaces Bakker in the left lane
On the Parisian defense side, Abdou Diallo regained playing time on Saturday against Lens (2-1), and his contribution to the revival will be valuable, Paris Saint-Germain intending, as in the first period in the first leg , not to let the ball to the Skyblues. Moreover, the Marquinhos-Kimpembe hinge is renewed, like the Italian Alessandro Florenzi on the right. In goals, Keylor Navas will have the opportunity to make up for his mistake in the first leg.
The composition of the PSG:
Navas – Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Diallo – Paredes, Herrera – Di Maria, Verratti, Neymar – Icardi
Rico, Randriamamy, Kehrer, Mbappé, Rafinha, Danilo, Kean, Sarabia, Kurzawa, Draxler, Bakker, Dagba