The “Princes Garden” in Paris will host an early final between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City today, while the “Etihad” stadium, the stronghold of Manchester City, will host the second leg on May 4.
Despite the strength of the Parisian club, but Manchester City has several factors through which it can tip the scales in its favor, and obtain a qualifying card for the final.
Manchester City has a slightly more solid defense line than its counterpart at Saint-Germain, which is very important in knock-off matches, especially in light of the reliance on the legal goal away from home, thanks to which Paris qualified for the semi-finals at the expense of Bayern Munich, the German defending champion.
Second, Guardiola’s experience
The City squad is led by veteran Spaniard Pep Guardiola, a more successful and experienced coach than his Paris counterpart, Argentine Mauricio Pochettino.
During 18 matches, Guardiola lost to Pochettino only 3 times, in contrast, Pep won 10 times, and tied on 5 occasions.
The local comfy
Manchester City enters the Paris meeting while it is in a better domestic situation than its counterpart, which may be reflected in the European clash.
City got a moral boost by winning the English League Cup (Sunday) at the expense of Tottenham, as it tops the Premier League standings with 77 points from 33 games, 10 points ahead of runner-up Manchester United, 5 rounds before the end.
Guardiola’s team needs to get only 6 points from its remaining league matches in order to win the title, which is already close to the “Al Ittihad” stadium.
In light of this comfortable situation for Manchester City in the League, and the end of his career in the two Cups, Guardiola has the opportunity to rest his important players and not rely on them in the Premier League competitions, and save their efforts to face Paris.
On the other hand, Paris is ranked first in the French league with 72 points from 34 games, one point behind Lille, the leader, and is playing a strong match against Montpellier in the French Cup semi-finals a week after the second leg against City, which makes his calculations more complicated than the team. Cyan.