Manchester City produced a stunning show to regain control of the Champions League semi-finals with a come-from-behind and victory over PSG – Paris Saint-Germain in France. Pep Guardiola’s side struggled with a sharp wave from PSG when they collided with Angel Di Maria’s corner after 15 minutes when they dominated after the break and returned the shot from the first round in Paris.
When Phil Foden got a big chance, the threatening city before the break, was much more positive and received that reward after 64 minutes, when Kevin de Bruyne’s main crossing saved everyone in the penalty area and still the goalkeeper overtook Keylor Navas.
PSG frustrated Neymar and Kylian Mabappé ransacked, and Riyad Mahrez put City in an excellent position to reach their first Champions League final when a left-foot free-kick to defeat Navas seven minutes later wall went through. And to fill PSG’s mess, former Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye was shown a late red card for a formidable challenge to Ilkay Gundogan.
Manchester City has been longing for a win in the Champions League, confirming that it is a European superpower – and this spectacular performance brings that ambition closer than it has ever been.
Premier League leaders had to show all their qualities before defeating their hosts, who were relentless after showing the real class in the first half, with Neymar and Di Maria drawing the strings.
Their threat increased over time and it was no surprise that Mahrez put them in front when De Bruyne matched up – in fact, PSG got so beaten and disorganized that they could almost be thankful that they were only lost by -1.
City’s Champions League history is fraught with disappointments in the final stages of the tournament, often beset by strategic confusion or bad luck – not so much.
These experiences mean that they will do nothing when this dangerous PSG team arrives at the Etihad Stadium in six days, but City has never been in a better position to reach the Champions League final.
Former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will be aware that his side are subordinate to the fight to face Chelsea or Real Madrid in the final in Istanbul on 29 May. Neymar’s notably PSG’s first-half took all of City’s determination and character to come out of the storm, although Mbappe was a surprisingly modest man, yet he still had the ability and threat to turn the City table at Etihad Stadium.