PSG Gift Manchester City Advantage in Champions League Semi-Final

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Paris Saint-Germain picked the worst time of the season to revert back to their old ways and now, they have an uphill battle in their quest for UEFA Champions League glory.

On this episode of PSG Talking, I’m joined by Matt Gooding and Guillaume Delaporte to break down PSG’s 2-1 loss to Manchester City in the semi-final of the Champions League.

The match was a tale of two halves, but we try to start with the positives. In the first 45 minutes, PSG was able to score a goal through a Marquinhos header and Angel Di Maria skipped around defenders with ease. Truth be told, PSG should have probably scored two goals as Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappé both had excellent opportunities, but they were chances that would go unfulfilled.

It doesn’t take us long to get to the negatives of this match for PSG. In the entire second half, PSG struggled to move the ball out of their own end and City’s pressing created chance after chance.

Even with PSG causing their own problems, City still couldn’t score. It took an uncharacteristic mistake from Keylor Navas on a Kevin De Bruyne cross and one of the worst walls of all time on a Riyad Mahrez free-kick to push City into the lead. Was it Pep Guardiola’s tactics or was this simply a case of PSG giving the game away?

We also talk about Idrissa Gueye’s ridiculous challenge that led to a red card, that mistake from Navas that led to City’s first goal, whether Neymar should have been awarded a penalty in the first half, and look ahead to the return leg at the Etihad Stadium.

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