Paris Saint-Germain faces Manchester City today in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final (21:00). Will Kylian play Mbappe? The performance of the PSG star remains in question.
The Parisians are in a difficult position, as they lost the first match 1-2. Additionally, there has been speculation for several days that the performance of PSG’s best player, Kylian Mbappe, may be in jeopardy.
No wonder that at the pre-match conference, Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino was basically asked about Mbappe’s health. The PSG star has been struggling with calf issues for some time. He had individual training planned for Monday, and we’ll see if he can play on Tuesday evening. We haven’t made a decision yet – the Argentine admitted. – We’ll keep watching him.
The media in France and Spain even began analyzing the way Mbappe moved around the airport, indicating that the French were a little limp. Marca even posed a provocative question in one of the headlines: “Is it a real injury or a psychological game?”
Pochettino also noted the challenge of taking the Manchester City initiative into the game. The coach wants his team to play the ball more and own it. – It will be our intention. Manchester City is a team that has consistently followed the same playing philosophy since Pep Guardiola came along. We have to be prepared to suffer on the field and play hard too. We have to take advantage of the situations we create for ourselves. We need two goals to progress and that is our goal – Pochettino said. City has different ways to play the game and we need to be smart in our endeavors. It will be a battle, and most importantly, we must be prepared for it.
The Argentine coach was also asked if the team would prepare to face this rank in any special way mentally. “The players used to play different music in the dressing room before matches like this,” Pochettino revealed. He added: – I do not plan to do anything special in this regard, as players prepare in this regard more individually than as a group.