Manchester City host the French Champions Paris Saint-Germain in their quarter-final second leg in the Champions League on Tuesday night, and with the first leg last week finishing 2-2, City look in contention to progress into their first ever Champions League semi-final.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side would have left Paris quietly confident that they would be able to reach the last four.
The Citizens, who will have home advantage going into this crucial match, will be hoping to stop danger man Zlatan Ibrahimovic from adding another goal to his ever-growing tally of 39 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions this season.
And the hosts could be more vulnerable at the back after it was announced that defender and captain Vincent Kompany will not be fit for the game, causing a selection issue for Pellegrini who was hoping to have a fully fit squad to choose from.
City head into this game on the back of a nervy Premier League 2-1 win at home to West Bromwich Albion at the weekend, with Pellegrini leaving the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho and Yaya Toure on the bench.
On the other hand, PSG were crowned as the Ligue 1 champions back in March, and had a comfortable 2-0 away win at Guingamp.
Laurent Blanc’s men will be fully focused, and will want to turn their fortunes around in this prestigious competition after they exited at this same stage the last three years.
Heading into the game, all eyes will be on the team’s attacking options, with Ibrahimovic and Sergio Aguero the two sides’ star men.
The 2-2 scoreline from the Parc des Princes certainly gives Man City the slight edge, and while neither team has ever made it to the semi-finals of the Champions League, that will record will come to an end at the Etihad.
The big news is that City captain and defender Vincent Kompany is ruled out for the game due to not being 100% fit, which isn’t good news for a defence that has come under some scrutiny recently for its performances.
Samir Nasri is ineligible to play and Raheem Sterling remains sidelined through injury, but there is positive news on the fitness of Nicolas Otamendi, who should start.
PSG boss Laurent Blanc will have to do without David Luiz and Blaise Matuidi, who are both suspended.
League Positions: Man City – 4th (Premier League – 57 pts) PSG – 1st (Ligue 1 – 83 pts)
Previous Meeting: PSG 2-2 Man City (Champions League – April 6, 2016)
Form: Man City – DDLWDW: PSG – WWLWDW
Key Men: Man City – Sergio Aguero: PSG – Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Shoot Says: Man City 1-1 PSG