For Pep Guardiola and Manchester City, the door to the Champions League final is wide open thanks to two strange hits (the highlights in the video!). But the Parisians who are strong away from home are not giving up yet.
Neymar needed a moment to himself after the lost duel with start coach Pep Guardiola. Completely disappointed, the superstar crouched on the wet lawn of the Parc des Princes, looked down and cursed to himself. But the sheer desperation quickly gave way to the sheer desire to fight for the handle pot. “We lost the battle, but the war continues,” wrote the Brazilian martially on Instagram: “One percent chance, 99 percent belief.”
The prospects of Paris St. Germain after the 1: 2 (1: 0) in the gigantic duel with Manchester City are not that modest, but for their dream of the final in Istanbul Neymar and Co. have to perform a show of strength. The Bayern conquerors need on Tuesday (9 p.m. /DAZN) a win in the semi-final second leg and must score at least two goals.
For City, on the other hand, the final door is wide open – even if there has been no euphoria. “I was happy that the players in the locker room were so calm after the game, no cheers, just calm,” said team manager Guardiola. His team had “a good result”, “but it’s not over yet,” he said: “With the quality that Paris has, anything can happen in the second leg.”
PSG – ManCity: Lucky goals for Guardiola’s team
The key to success lies in reflecting on your own strength, emphasized Guardiola: “We are good when we play a certain way, we can’t do it any other way.” City, which can win the English championship at the weekend, only brought its own qualities onto the field in the second half.
There was a good deal of luck with De Bruyne’s cross (64th) and the free kick through the wall by Riyad Mahrez (71st). But in the end the hits were only the logical consequence of the constant pressure of the Skyblues, who were originally excluded from the premier class due to financial misconduct.
The at least initially strong Neymar and Kylian Mbappe disappeared completely in the second round. After the red card for Idrissa Gueye (77th) after a brutal foul on Ilkay Gündogan (“I’m fine”), Paris was only concerned with damage limitation.
But the belief in the comeback is great, especially because of the away wins in the round of 16 in Barcelona (4: 1) and in the quarter-finals in Munich (3: 2). “We have to show character,” demanded captain Marquinhos. It “makes no sense” to go to Manchester “if we don’t believe in it”.