History awaits the qualifiers from Manchester City and Saint-Germain today
Manchester City seeks to reach the final match of the European Champions League football competition for the first time in its history, when it hosts today, Tuesday, the Etihad Stadium in Manchester in the semi-final second leg, Paris Saint-Germain, the French aspiring to reach it for the second time in a row.
The English team has the advantage of a precious win outside the rules 2-1 last Wednesday at the "Parc de Prince" in the second semi-final round in its history after the first 2015-2016 season before it was eliminated by Real Madrid, noting that at that time it qualified at the expense of the Parisian team. They tied 2-2 in the French capital and won 1-0 in Manchester.
For his part, Paris Saint-Germain believes in its chances of reaching the second consecutive final in its history after the first in last year's edition when it lost to Bayern Munich (0-1).
This is the third time that the two teams meet continental after the first in the group stage of the European Cup competition in the 2008-2009 season (a negative tie), and the second in the quarter-finals of the prestigious continental competition in the 2015-2016 season (a 2-2 draw in Paris and City won 1-0 Back in Manchester), and the third in the semi-finals of the same competition this season, which the English team decided its first season in Paris.
The excitement between the two teams will be renewed Tuesday in the light of the stars that teem with their ranks, led by experienced coaches who know each other well: Pep Guardiola from the side of City, and Argentine Mauresbo Pochettino from the opposite side.
Manchester City is counting on the strength of its collective play to curb the power of the stars of Saint-Germain Mbappe, Neymar and Di Maria.
Manchester City's strength as a group was evidenced by its 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday in the domestic league, and its close proximity to crowning the title for the third time in four years.
Pochettino seemed optimistic about today's match, citing the achievement of his players in the price and quarter-finals, when they ousted the Catalan giants Barcelona and the Bavarian Bayern Munich.
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