Manchester City is in the Champions League final for the first time in its club history (the highlights in the video)! Pep Guardiola’s team also won the second leg against Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 (1-0) after their 2-1 first leg win. The final will take place on May 29 in Istanbul, Manchester’s opponents will be played between Chelsea and Real Madrid on Wednesday (9 p.m. live on DAZN).
“I’m incredibly proud. The Champions League is a very special competition. PSG kicked Barca and Bayern out,” said City coach Guardiola. “It’s always close with this team. In recent years it has always been a matter of a few centimeters, that’s how it is in the Champions League. We could have been thrown out today. Sometimes you need an open wall like in Paris to get into the final get.”
Double scorer Riyad Mahrez said yes Sky: “We were incredibly effective again. In the important moments we scored the goals and were also there at the back. That made the difference.” Mahrez also looked towards the final: “We just thought from game to game and now we want to win the final, that’s all. Now we are relying on our strengths, we are in incredible shape.”
PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino saw his team as the better team: “We played the game we planned. We dominated ManCity, not many teams can say that. We weren’t lucky enough and they were just extremely effective . It wasn’t our night. “
Manchester City – PSG: The Analysis
Verratti also attacked referee Kuipers: “He said ‘fuck you’ to me a few times. If I say ‘fuck you’, I get ten games. Of course I talk to the referee a lot, but I never say ‘fuck you’. “
PSG started strong, stood tall, attacked early and put pressure around City’s penalty area. This phase was broken by Manchester’s leadership after the high Parisian pressing was undermined by a simple but very good long ball from keeper Ederson. The guests, with striker Icardi mostly hanging in the air, stayed in the game and had good opportunities to equalize with Marquinhos’ bar header (17th) and Di Maria’s missed shot on the orphaned goal (19th).
Increasingly, however, there were clear problems in the PSG game: There was no support from midfield up front, so that hardly any reasonable run-downs were achieved. In addition, the French did not manage to better guard the often very free city sixs Fernandinho and above all Gündogan, as there was no follow-up in the pressing. It was usually easy for the Citizens to get through midfield, as PSG did not get into the duels. City’s couple acted very flexibly and showed great positional play, so Paris often followed.
PSG, who had 55 percent possession at break, increased this value in the second half, but had no brilliant idea around the penalty area against the well-defending hosts – Manchester doubled the Parisians in these scenes extremely effectively.
City was also more creative in possession of the ball, after a great counterattack the 2-0 fell. After Di Maria saw red for an assault against Fernandinho a little later, PSG gave up and only “shone” with some malicious fouls. The Citizens, in which Foden failed at the outside post (78th), played the match down confidently and were closer to the third goal than PSG to the connection.
Underlined his last strong form: Constant trouble spot, played most of the duels on the field and his movements on the sidelines could hardly be stopped. Crowned his appearance with the two hits.
Had the fewest ball actions of any player on the field. Seldom met, was not a factor in the counter game and did not tie any of his opponents. Very weak performance, had to go down after an hour.