Today, PSG will be facing one of its rivals, Manchester City. Both clubs have won the Champions League. It’s more like a test for PSG formation with Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappé present for the game as both teams get ready to meet this Tuesday, September 28 (9:00 p.m.).
PSG is gearing up to receive the “Citizens” after a perfect start to the league with eight victories in as many days. “Operation Sky Blues,” the headline in L’Equipe on Tuesday, is a nod to the James Bond film Skyfall.
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Here is an opponent to Parisians’ hegemonic ambitions, up against one of the best collectives in the competition, orchestrated by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola. Since his arrival in 2016, the Spanish coach, dubbed “the best coach in the world” by his PSG counterpart Mauricio Pochettino, has built a formidable team.
Intense pressing, character, solid defence… The recent victory at Chelsea (1-0) on Saturday in the Premier League is a digest of the former Barcelona coach’s style.
This is the kind of benchmark success that Pochettino is looking for after a disappointing draw in Bruges (1-1) while the Mancunians had a good time against Leipzig (6-3). In Ligue 1, the Parisians were also pushed by Lyon before winning in the final seconds (2-1).
“We are a team in the making. We need to be patient. “Let us not be hypocrites; they are further along in this process than we are,” the Argentinian explained.
The C1 semi-final between the two teams last spring proved it: City won both the first leg at the Parc des Princes (2-1) and the return leg at the Etihad Stadium (2-1). (2-0 ).
If Paris did not include the “MNM” in its ranks, their greatest collective experience would make Kevin de Bruyne’s teammates the favourites of the match.