Boss Mauricio Pochettino says his top scorer will be monitored in training before a decision is made on his availability for the tie in Manchester. “We need to assess Kylian,” said the Argentine, whose side trail 2-1 from the first leg. “Today he is going to start an individual training session and see if he can be with the team. There is still one day and we will see and decide if he is going to be available.” France international Mbappe has scored 37 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions this season, including eight in 10 Champions League matches.
An exemplary second-half showing from Pep Guardiola’s men saw them emerge 2-1 winners from last week’s first leg at the Parc des Princes, during which Marquinhos’s header was cancelled out by strikes from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez.With Istanbul firmly in their sights, Manchester City gear up for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final showdown with Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad on Tuesday night.
Despite his undisputed status as one of the greatest managers of his generation, Guardiola has suffered a series of near misses in the Champions League since winning the competition with Barca for the second time a decade ago. The Spaniard oversaw three successive semi-final exits during his time with Bayern Munich, while City experienced a last-16 defeat followed by three consecutive quarter-finals losses before finally reaching the last four this season.
NAME: Manchester City – Paris Saint-Germain
DATE: 4 May 2021
TIME: 19:00 UTC
VENUE: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England