Manchester City, its guest, and Paris Saint-Germain are dueling at the top of Group E in the European Champions League, when they meet on Wednesday in the penultimate fifth round of the group stage.
City (9 points) will guarantee qualification if they avoid losing to runners-up Saint-Germain (8), or Belgium’s Brugge (4) does not beat Leipzig (1).
Spanish coach Pep Guardiola’s men will also guarantee first place in the group, if they beat Saint-Germain, who defeated them in the first leg with two goals.
On the other hand, Saint-Germain will guarantee qualification if they win against City or in the event of a draw coinciding with the failure of Bruges to beat Leipzig, or even if they lose in conjunction with the loss of Bruges.
Logically, City and Saint-Germain will guarantee qualification from the group, given the large difference with the other pursuers. For example, they will qualify together if Brugge does not achieve a better result than PSG.
After suffering from several absences, he returns to the squad of Argentine Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino, striker Neymar, who participated in the last victory locally against Nantes, where he leads by a wide margin from his competitors, while his compatriot, star Lionel Messi, began to gradually regain his level after recovering from injury.
On Monday, Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and Brazilian defenders Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe participated in the exercises.
But Pochettino, whose name has been linked to Manchester United’s coaching, fears losing international striker Mbappe, who did not train with his companions on Monday, while the Paris squad included for the first time Spanish defender Sergio Ramos, who returned from an injury. And if the former Real Madrid defender participates, it will be his first in seven months.
On the other hand, City will miss its Belgian midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne, who is infected with the Corona virus. He also missed his last win against Everton with the treble of his new striker, Jack Grealish, due to injury, knowing that the team is second in the English Premier League that holds its title, 3 points behind Chelsea.
“We need one point and in a good position,” Guardiola said. We can secure the lead here in front of our fans.
On facing the stars of the Parisian team, Guardiola added to the French channel “Canal Plus”: To face these players in the Champions League, I think this is what my players want. Any of these four players (Neymar, Messi, Mbappe and Di Maria) could single-handedly be a star for his team, and here they are in one squad.