Pep Guardiola is closing on a third Champions League title as Manchester City return home after beating Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 away in their semi-final's first leg. It’s fortunate for title favorites City that they may even take on a PSG robbed of Kylian Mbappe after he missed Saturday’s 2-1 win over Lens with a calf injury. Manager Mauricio Pochettino told reporters the player will be assessed ahead of Tuesday’s second leg having trained individually on Monday, hopeful of at least a cameo role at the Etihad Stadium.
What TV Channel is City-PSG on?
City are 90 minutes from making club history and a first Champions League final, but PSG make for imposing dance partners in a duet that kicks off on CBSSN and TUDN from 3 p.m. ET. You can live stream Champions League matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Manchester City vs. PSG
When: Tuesday, May 4
Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: CBSSN, TUDN
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
The Citizens will hope to better their first-leg display in more familiar surroundings, having suffered just two defeats in their last 23 home games. Two outside-the-box belters from Kevin De Bruyne (perhaps accidental) and Riyad Mahrez were required after Marquinhos broke the deadlock in Paris:
A win would see City set a new record for consecutive wins by an English club in the Champions League (and European Cup). Manchester United (1965-66), Leeds United (1969-70) and Arsenal (2005) have each previously won six on the trot, but Guardiola can again raise the bar with victory at the Etihad. City are on the verge of their maiden Champions League final appearance, moving within a third Premier League title in four seasons following Saturday’s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace.
Guardiola called on his squad to produce “almost the perfect performance” to fend off a PSG attack he reveres. City defeated the French powerhouse under these conditions during the 2015-16 Champions League quarter-finals, when a Kevin De Bruyne goal backed up another two-goal haul in France. Pochettino has defeated City five times in 17 meetings as a manager (5W, 3D, 9L), though only two of those came after Guardiola moved to Manchester in 2016.
The Argentinian addressed reporters on Monday and signalled his intent to deprive City of possession for as much of the match as possible:
Any trio comprising Neymar and Angel Di Maria is still a world-class one, with Julian Draxler or Mauro Icardi the obvious candidates to replace Mbappe in the XI if required. Juan Bernat is certain to miss the second through injury, and Idrissa Gana Gueye sits out following his late dismissal in Paris. Ander Herrera is most likely to fill in alongside Leandro Paredes at the base of PSG's midfield. Guardiola is otherwise blessed with a fully fit squad and was even able to rest a host of regular starters in the weekend win over Palace.
All the pressure rests with PSG in their pursuit of a second Champions League procession in as many seasons. The Qatar-run asset visits its Abu Dhabi-owned adversary for a meeting of mammoth meaning for both contenders, each hoping to plant their flags on the European peak. Pochettino earned respect by avenging last year's loss against holders Bayern Munich. As difficult as Die Roten might have been, repeating the feat away to this City side looks the more difficult task in a clash that will produce this final's favorite.