Paris Saint-Germain will face their biggest test of the season tonight when they come up against a dangerous Manchester City side at home. The 2-2 draw from the first leg does not favor Laurent Blanc’s side as even a 0-0 draw will see City through to the semifinals.
Blanc will be without the influential Marco Verratti for this game after Italian International failed to recover from his groin injury. David Luiz is also out of the game after picking up second yellow card of the knock out rounds.
Add to that, Blaise Matuidi has been suspended for this game as well. Blanc will have to be mindful in picking his starting XI and preparing his players for this crucial game. On that note, we take a look at three things Laurent Blanc must do for PSG to beat Manchester City.
Include Lucas Moura in the starting XI
The Brazilian dazzler was not picked to start for PSG in the first leg, however, he has been one of Blanc’s key players this season. Playing away from home PSG can use his pace to their advantage and look to hit City on the counter attacks.
When on form, he is as good as a wide player there is thus Blanc needs to make him ready for this all-important game tonight.
Keep his faith in Serge Aurier
The right-back and Laurent Blanc may still not see eye to eye but PSG manager needs to trust his defender and start him against Manchester City. He is a dependable player and can cope up with David Silva’s threat from the left hand side.
Keep a check on Kevin De Bruyne
If one man can win the game for Manchester City, it has to be Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian has been superb since returning from his knee injury and PSG found that the hard way when he scored City’s opening goal in the first leg.
Blanc needs to pay special attention on him as he is City’s most vital player at the moment. If De Bruyne is kept in check, PSG can think of going at the other end and score goals which can see them through to the semifinals.
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