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  • May 15, 2021

Exclusive: Man City ‘could blow Paris Saint-Germain away’ in Champions League semi-final and beat English record for successive tournament wins held by Manchester United, Leeds and Arsenal

 Exclusive: Man City ‘could blow Paris Saint-Germain away’ in Champions League semi-final and beat English record for successive tournament wins held by Manchester United, Leeds and Arsenal


Trevor Sinclair believes Man City could ‘blow Paris Saint-Germain away’ in Tuesday night’s Champions League semi-final.

Pep Guardiola’s side hold a 2-1 lead over the French giants heading into the second leg of the last-four clash at the Etihad, which is LIVE on talkSPORT from 8pm.

Man City could make history by reaching the Champions League final on Tuesday night

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Man City could make history by reaching the Champions League final on Tuesday night

Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez have put City in a commanding position as they aim to contain Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for a second successive match.

Sinclair, who played for City between 2003 and 2007, is backing his former club to reach a first ever Champions League final.

He told talkSPORT: “I do think there’s a scenario where City could blow PSG away.

“PSG’s confidence and self-esteem could drain and City could have a fantastic night. Listen, that’s what I’m hoping for.

Mahrez was the match-winner in Paris last week

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Mahrez was the match-winner in Paris last week

“But you get to this stage in the competition and anything can happen. PSG could be lit from the get-go and it could be a very uncomfortable night for Manchester City. I’m excited.

“I read a stat earlier, if Man City get to the final, it would be 51 years between the last final they got to and this final in a European tournament.

“So that’s one for the fans who say we’ve got no history!”

Winning would also see City clinch a seventh successive Champions League victory, which would be a new English record.

They currently have six, a number jointly held by rivals Manchester United, Leeds and Arsenal.

Most successive wins in the Champions League or European Cup by English clubs

Man City (2020-present) – 6

Man United (1965-66) – 6

Leeds United (1969-70) – 6

Arsenal (2005) – 6

With Man City edging closer to a Premier League triumph, Guardiola was able to make eight changes for their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Meanwhile, with PSG trailing Ligue 1 leaders Lille by one point, Neymar, Marquinhos and Marco Verratti all played in their 2-1 victory against Lens on the same day.

Guardiola has admitted City’s match against PSG will be their toughest one yet in their quest to win the Champions League.

He said: “In my experience the second leg of the semi-final is always the toughest game, more than the final. It’s not just in this club, at all the clubs I have been at.

Guardiola’s Man City have already won the Carabao Cup this season

Guardiola’s Man City have already won the Carabao Cup this season

“In these games you are not going to play 90 minutes like we played the second half in Paris. I would love it, but that is not going to happen.

“You have to understand that this will be a big battle, there are moments to suffer.

“But I am pretty sure we are going to react well, do what we have to do and impose ourselves.”





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