Kevin De Bruyne believes that Manchester City deservedly beat Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Partly thanks to a goal from the playmaker, the English completed a comeback in Paris on Wednesday after the break.

"It was a bit fortunate how my cross flew in, but we played great football and did very well," said De Bruyne after the 1-2 won first leg.

A turning cross from the Belgian in the 64th minute led to the turnaround for Manchester City, which was outclassed by PSG in the first half and rightly fell behind by a header from Marquinhos.

"It was a match with two faces," said De Bruyne.

"We started the game well, but PSG is an incredibly strong team with a lot of quality at the forefront. It was a shame how we conceded the goal. After that they had a few small chances."

"After 25 minutes we changed our way of putting pressure and got a better grip on the game. We were too rushed in the first half. That's not the way we want to play as a team. After the break we were more patient in looking for the spaces. "

Manchester City's better game was rewarded in the 71st minute with the 1-2 by Riyad Mahrez, who scored from a direct free kick after consultation with De Bruyne.

"He asked me if he could take the free kick and I said yes, as long as you believe in yourself. He scores, so who I am to say something about that. But we are not there yet. We have another match. to go."


Summary Paris Saint-Germain-Manchester City (1-2)

Guardiola: 'We started to be shy'

Afterwards, Manager Pep Guardiola was especially critical of the way his team started the game.

"We were too shy," he said at

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"We just couldn't get loose. Everyone played safe and didn't have the guts to keep playing."

"Everyone has to learn from this," Guardiola continued.

"This is only the second time in club history that we play in the semifinals, so a lot of players are playing on this stage for the first time. It's not like the other teams. This is a process."

"In the last fifteen minutes of the first half it got better and we were more aggressive without the ball. In the second half we also let the ball go around faster. We played with passion and were able to score even more goals."

Guardiola has already refused to count himself rich for the first Champions League final in Manchester City history.

"We've done the hardest part of the job, but we shouldn't start again too carefully, because they have the qualities to turn the score. But if we play like in the second half, we have a chance for the final."


With the ball intended as a cross, De Bruyne makes 1-1 for City against PSG

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