This Tuesday evening, Paris Saint-Germain will travel to England to face Manchester City in the semi-finals return of the Champions League. In the first round, after a controlled first period, the Parisians led by a goal to zero thanks to Marquinhos. But everything collapsed in the second half and Mauricio Pochettino’s players conceded two goals.
The deal is therefore clear for this second confrontation, the Parisians, deprived of Idrissa Gueye, suspended, and with a Mbappé, if he starts, lessened, will have to win the meeting if they want to reach the final of the C1 for a second consecutive year. But that’s not all. They will have to win by two goals, unless the score is greater than three goals to two. Which is not easy, but not impossible either.
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The Leicester example
Indeed, there are precedents. Manchester City is certainly master at home, but in the Premier League, the Skyblues have already suffered four defeats. One was made away, on the field of Tottehnam last November, with the score of two goals to zero. With this score, Paris SG would eliminate Guardiola’s team. But the Citizens’ other three defeats in the English championship took place at home on scores that would qualify PSG or send them into extra time.
First element of hope: the third day. Jamie Vardy’s Foxes move to the Etihad and quickly concede the opening goal by Riyad Mahrez (4th). Jamie Vardy then scored a hat-trick, including two penalty goals (37th, sp, 53rd and 58th, sp). James Maddison weighed down the mark (78th) before Nathan Aké reduced the gap (84th). At the very end of the match, Youri Tielemans worsened the score (88th, sp). Three penalties and a first defeat at home, which certainly goes back, but which offers hope.
MU and Leeds have done it too
The second comes last March against the enemy, Manchester United, whom the Parisians have already defeated once this season in the C1 group stage (2-0, at Old Trafford, 1-2 at the Parc des Princes). From the second minute, the indefatigable Bruno Fernandes scored a goal from a penalty. Before the hour of play, the left side, Luke Shaw doubles the bet (50th). And the Citizens will never come back.
Finally, the third confrontation which gives reason to hope: the match against Leeds, Marcelo Bielsa’s team. This is even more recent since it took place not even a month ago, on April 10. Just before the break, Stuart Dallas opened the scoring (42nd). And, despite the exclusion of Laim Cooper (45th +1), El Loco players would draw on their resources after the equalization of Ferran Torres (77th). Indeed, Stuart Dallas, again, stung the Skyblues in added time (90th +1).
With the first two results, Neymar and others would be directly qualified for the final. With the same result as Leeds, they would go into extra time with the hopes of scoring another goal or going on penalties. Everything is therefore not impossible and the examples exist. In Paris SG now to be inspired by it and to write a little more the history of its beautiful European epics.