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It’s act two of the big clash between Abu Dhabi and Qatar, a.k.a. Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. Manchester City came away from the French capital looking well placed, with a couple of away goals from their 2-2 draw meaning that PSG will probably need to win on the night at the Etihad Stadium if they are to progress to the last four.
With their place in next season’s competition far from certain, City manager Manuel Pellegrini had little option other than to select a strong starting XI for Saturday’s Premier League game at home to West Bromwich Albion. They made heavy weather of beating the Baggies 2-1, having to come from behind to do so, but it was a vital three points nonetheless.
It was also the first time they have won back-to-back league games since mid-October – remarkable for such an expensively assembled squad.
Sergio Aguero hobbled off towards the end of Saturday’s game, but Pellegrini insists that the Argentinean is fit for Tuesday. They certainly need their start striker to be 100%. David Silva, who didn’t feature against West Brom, should also start, although the match-winner against the Baggies, Samir Nasri, is out after not being selected for Pellegrini’s squad for the knock-out stages as a result of the lengthy injury from which he’s only recently returned.
Vincent Kompany and Raheem Sterling also miss out through injury for City, but it’s arguably PSG who have the bigger problems. With the French title long since secured, Laurent Blanc was able to rotate his squad to a greater extent than his City counterpart at the weekend, resting Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Angel Di Maria among others for the 2-0 win at Guingamp. However, PSG will be missing the key suspended duo of David Luiz and Blaise Matuidi.
There is speculation that Blanc will gamble with the fitness of Italian midfielder Marco Verratti, who hasn’t played in nearly two months due to a groin injury. Neither defence impressed in Paris and with PSG needing to score, this could be another open game with the forwards on top. PSG might cautiously, as they won’t want to have to chase two goals. The main action could come after the break.