After last Wednesday’s masterful second-half performance in Paris, Manchester City are on the brink of their first European Cup final. It’ll end a quest that started 53 years ago, when Malcolm Allison promised to attack like peak-era Real Madrid, only to come a cropper against Fenerbahce in the first round. Three quarter-finals and one other semi-final appearance later, this is the closest they’ve got. A draw tonight, even a 1-0 loss, and they’ll be off to Istanbul to face either Chelsea or Real Madrid.
Seeing off PSG isn’t a given, though. Mauricio Pochettino’s men were the better side in the first half of last week’s first leg, and even though City dominated the second 45, they still needed PSG to make two defensive howlers to score their goals. The French champions have also won on their last two visits to England, beating Manchester United 2-0 in 2019 and 3-1 earlier this season. Either result across town tonight would see them through.
Much may depend on whether Kylian Mbappé is fit to play … and how composed City remain as they approach the hurdle they’ve never cleared before. That’s baggage PSG shook off en route to last year’s final; could this be City’s turn? Their fans have been mighty patient, ever since Big Mal failed to deliver on that promise. Every Citizen has their fingers crossed tonight. It’s on!
Kick off: 8pm BST.