Paris/London, Apr 27 (EFE).- Paris Saint Germain and Manchester City will clash in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal, both sides powered by the Gulf petrodollar and driven by their desire to taste European glory.
The French team will be seeking out a second Champions League final in a row after their defeat to Bayern Munich last season, while Manchester City will be after their first ever shot at the title.
The star-studded Parisians will be confident, having knocked out Barcelona and Bayern Munich back to back on their route to the last-four.
They will be led by a lethal in-form attacking duo of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Unlike the Brazilian star, who has won the tournament with Barcelona, the 22-year-old Frenchman is looking to add it to his already rich haul silverware.
“I know the weapons they have upfront,” Manchester City’s coach Pep Guardiola told a press conference ahead of the game.
“Everyone who loves football knows the quality they have, but we’re in the Champions League semi-finals, what can you expect?”
“I will not play 90 minutes thinking how good this player is, just how to beat them. I learned from Johann Cruyff, you have to enjoy the game, enjoy the responsibility”.
“Top players enjoy situations because they enjoy responsibility, that’s why the greatest players win this competition,” he added ahead of his eighth Champions League semifinal appearance in his career.
Manchester City are not short of big names themselves, as they will rely on Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and young starlet Phil Foden among others in their quest for a long-awaited Champions League title, the main trophy that has eluded the clubs owners since they took over in 2008.