Manchester City brace themselves for a big task ahead as they take on Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday. It could be a vital game in the context of the Champions League Group A, with a win for either club likely to help them finish top while also securing a berth into the knockout rounds.
PSG are currently second heading into his game, but they were convincing 2-0 victors in the reverse fixture. Les Parisien also have momentum on their side, having dropped points in only two matches in Ligue 1 this term and with their revered front three slowly finding their mojo, the visitors may even have the edge on paper in this crucial encounter.
Pep Guardiola has no reason to shift away from his 4-3-3 formation which may not only prove helpful in the second line of press but can also mirror PSG’s shape. Man City are also likely to stick with their usual formula of having wingers play out wide while fullbacks tend to play in a more inverted role, creating numerical superiority in the middle of the park.
Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, may also deploy a 4-3-3, but he is set to adopt a more traditional approach. His fullbacks are set to remain out wide, not only to take care of the Man City wingers but also to provide width going forward, as the natural wingers look to shift into a central role to operate in a free-flowing attacking system.
The likely absence of Kevin de Bruyne is set to serve as a major blow for Manchester City as the Belgian is often the difference-maker in crunch games like this. In addition to the playmaker, the Citizens are also likely to be without Ferran Torres while Jack Grealish is a slight doubt heading into this fixture, as he continues to recover from a knock.
Pochettino had surprisingly deployed a strong team in the last game against Nantes, not resting any of his front three. Thankfully, they are in contention to start, while Sergio Ramos is also poised for his first appearance for the club. Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe are the other players set to return to the starting eleven, although Pochettino will have to make do without the services of Julian Draxler and potentially, Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Silva, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Jesus, Foden
PSG: Navas; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Mendes; Verratti, Gueye, Herrera; Messi, Mbappe, Neymar
Manchester City 1-3 PSG
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