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  • May 18, 2021

Exclusive: Kylian Mbappe doubts, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero snubbed… How Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain could line-up for huge Champions League showdown

 Exclusive: Kylian Mbappe doubts, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero snubbed… How Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain could line-up for huge Champions League showdown


Paris Saint-Germain are sweating on the fitness of Kylian Mbappe ahead of their crucial Champions League semi-final with Manchester City on Tuesday night.

City hold the advantage having won the first leg in Paris 2-1 and know that PSG have to score at least twice at the Etihad if they are to stand any chance of heading to their second straight final.

Mbappe had to watch from the sidelines as PSG took on Lens on Saturday

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Mbappe had to watch from the sidelines as PSG took on Lens on Saturday

Pep Guardiola’s side were outplayed in the first half at the Parc des Princes with Marquinhos scoring the opener but fought back brilliantly in the second and dominated their hosts to secure a fine victory.

The Premier League club handled Mbappe brilliantly in that first leg, restricting him to zero shots, and he even had fewer touches than City goalkeeper Ederson in the game.

The France World Cup winner is still a dangerous prospect, though, scoring 37 goals in all competitions for PSG this season.

But he was absent from the club’s 2-1 win over Lens on Saturday with a calf problem.

Mauricio Pochettino said over the weekend he is ‘optimistic’ Mbappe will be ready to play but offered no guarantees he will start.

Mbappe was marked out of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final

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Mbappe was marked out of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final

Pochettino will be desperately hoping his optimisim proves well founded and there is plenty for both managers to ponder ahead of such a crucial game – which you can listen to LIVE on takSPORT.

Here is how both clubs could line up for the mammoth clash…

Man City

Pep roulette continued in the Premier League on Saturday, much to the frustration of Fantasy Premier League players up and down the country.

Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden, Ruben Dias and Kyle Walker all were on the bench against Crystal Palace as the league leaders eased to a 2-0 victory.

Raheem Sterling could again find himself on the bench

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Raheem Sterling could again find himself on the bench

All are likely to return and Guardiola is likely to persist without a recognised striker again against PSG, especially as both Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero featured against Palace.

Aguero impressed and scored against the Eagles but has had an injury-interrupted season and despite declaring himself ready to face PSG, is set to be named on the bench with Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan inter-changing in attack.

Foden is likely to start ahead of Raheem Sterling with the younger of the two Englands star seeming to have the trust of his manager in the big games and Sterling no longer the certain starter he was.

Oleksandr Zinchenko changed the game when he came on in the first leg and could also start at the Etihad.

John Stones was suspended against Palace, but is available to partner Dias in the heart of the City defence.

How Man City could line up to face PSG on Tuesday

How Man City could line up to face PSG on Tuesday

PSG

PSG will be without the suspended Idrissa Gueye, after the midfielder was sent off in the first leg for a poor challenge on Ilkay Gundogan.

Juan Bernat and reserve goalkeeper Alexandre Letellier are still injured and miss out.

The French club will no doubt do all they can to ensure that Mbappe is fit for the game.

Even if he is only at 75 per cent, it is hard to imagine Pochettino will leave him out given his importance to the team.

Should Mbappe play, then it will likely be a similar team to the one that faced Man City in the first leg.

Neymar tends to drift inside to play in the area behind Mbappe with Marco Verratti providing the important link between defence and attack.

Should Mbappe not make it, Mauro Icardi is in line to take his place in the team.

How PSG would look with Mbappe in their ranks

How PSG would look with Mbappe in their ranks

How PSG could line up if Mbappe is unable to play

How PSG could line up if Mbappe is unable to play





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