The second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal between Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City and Laurent Blanc’s Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, Apr. 12 has blockbuster written all over it. It’s a match that could determine the relevance of the Premier League and Ligue 1 in the race to be called champions of Europe. Both team are ready to put on a show at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. You don’t want to miss this.
“We need to know that we have the potential to qualify against City tomorrow,” said Blanc on Monday. “But we also know it will be very difficult. We will have to be very strong, limit the amount of space we leave them, play our football and take our chances. As soon as we lose the ball, we have to regroup quickly to close down the City forwards as quickly as possible.
“Marco Verratti is here because I decided to bring the entire squad. I think the entire squad deserves to feel involved in this match. Like I have already said, it will take a miracle to see Marco on the pitch tomorrow.
“The players knew from the final whistle that we hadn’t played a great game. But we still dominated Manchester City. We will have to be even better to impose our game here. We have to make life difficult for the City players, especially in midfield. We created a number of clear-cut scoring chances in the first leg. We scored two. I would like to create as many tomorrow. The goals we conceded is far more dangerous. City scored twice without creating that many opportunities. Tomorrow we have no other choice but to score.
“We are ready to get a result. We have done everything for the players to be in peak form for this game. We know what we have to do and I hope we will be up for it technically and physically, but I don’t have any doubts about that.”
“The way I feel today is the best I have ever been. I was born old and I will die young. That is how it looks,” Zlatan Ibrahimovic told UEFA.com. “You are as young and fresh as you think you are and that is what I have proved this season, by doing the things I am doing. So the age is just a number.
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“Your head decides how young you are and how old you are. So this year I decided I am very young. I appreciate it [the special moments] because I think everything is in your head. It’s a mental thing.”
“If we get a good result we’re already in the semi-final, just two games away from the finals,” said Kevin De Bruyne. “You never know where it ends, but the competition remains important.”
It’s win or go home today. Kickoff at the Etihad Stadium, a.k.a. the City of Manchester Stadium, is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. PT/2:45 p.m. ET. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for the match between Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
- At least 40 fouls will be whistled.
- At least four cards will be issued.
- A penalty will be called.
- A player will be sent off.
- No goals will be scored in the first 10 minutes.
- A goal will be scored in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
- A goal will be scored in the last 10 minutes and stoppage time.
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic will score a brace for Paris Saint Germain.
- Kevin De Bruyne will score for Manchester City.
- Adrien Rabiot will score for Paris Saint Germain.
Paris Saint-Germain 3, Manchester City 1
Paris Saint-Germain win on aggregate 5-3