Manchester City have established an excellent starting position in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals. At last year’s finalist and Bayern conqueror Paris Saint-Germain, Pep Guardiola’s team managed to score 2: 1 after a 0-1 break. The duel was overshadowed by a brutal foul on national player Ilkay Gündogan, who was able to continue playing. The second leg will take place next Tuesday (May 4th).
Kevin De Bruyne (64th) and Riyad Mahrez (71st) shot City to victory after the early Paris opening goal by Marquinhos (15th). “It was a game with two different halves,” said City captain De Bruyne, who made it 1-1, after the final whistle.
“The first ten minutes were okay, then Paris came into play better. It’s a shame how we get the goal. After 25 or 30 minutes we changed the pressing and got better. After half-time we played slower and had more peace of mind. The second half was good. “
City coach Guardiola spoke of a “hard piece of work” and praised his team: “That was excellent. It’s great that we scored two away goals. But it’s not over yet. We have to continue the second half next week. The two Goals were a consequence of the better way of playing. We were less aggressive in the first half. “
PSG coach Pochettino, like city coach Guardiola, built on a 4-3-3 with an extremely variable, constantly reeling offensive. The French initially used this more to their advantage than the English – because after ten minutes of scanning they were more alert, more aggressive and more compact.
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The Pochettino team was so often overweight in switching actions. However, the opening goal fell through a standard situation: Captain Marquinhos used a perfectly kicked Di Maria corner after slipping away from Gündogan at exactly the right moment and starting towards the first post (15th).
The Guardiola-Elf seemed shocked, produced unusual ball losses in their own half and got no depth in their game without classic nines. Pep’s pressing was only successful once before half-time: Walker captured the ball 30 meters in front of the goal on the right-hand side, played it to Silva, who quickly stuck through to the completely bare floor in the center. Navas knew how to defuse the 20-year-old Englishman’s graduation (42nd).
So at the break everything spoke for Paris – but it should not stop there. Both teams came out of the changing room: City defended higher and gained confidence through some strong ball wins and good combinations, while PSG took on the role of administrator and did nothing in the game.
That took revenge: First a half-field flank from De Bruyne sailed past friends and foe into the goal of Navas, who was not to blame for it (64th), then Mahrez struck with a free kick from a central position (71th) – also because the PSG wall was hit had a devastating leak.
When Gueye saw red as a result of a brutal foul on Gündogan, it was clear: PSG had given this game away. City keeper Ederson did not have to intervene once in the second round – another reason why the guests left the field as deserved winners.
The best city player not only because of his directly converted free kick. Was involved in almost all dangerous actions, dared to do a lot in one-on-one and booked the most on the Guardiola team with seven ball wins.
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Had a lot to do in his 64th Champions League game – especially in round two, when the frustrated Parisians let themselves be carried away with overly tough tackles a few times. Brych was right with his decisions – including the dismissal for Gueye – without exception.