LIVE: Manchester City vs Paris Saint-Germain – Champions League heavyweights clash as Guardiola’s side look to seal top spot in group, with Pochettino aiming to shut out noise of United interest
- Manchester City starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Dias, Joao Cancelo, Gundogan, Rodri, Zinchenko, Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Sterling
- Paris Saint-Germain starting XI: Navas, Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes, Paredes, Herrera, Gueye, Messi, Mbappe, Neymar
- Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain meet in Champions League group tie
- PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino has been linked to take over at Manchester United
- Latest Champions League news, including live action and results
- Champions League group stage tables – as it stands
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to seal their progression to the last-16 of the Champions League when they clash at the Etihad Stadium.
City currently top Group A ahead of the French giants and will qualify by avoiding defeat, and would even win the group if they beat Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Pochettino takes his team to Manchester amid links to him taking over at City’s rivals United, but knows his side can also seal qualification with victory.
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A lot of it has been negative, in terms of struggling with club politics and the big egos in the side.
You wouldn’t think it looking at the league table though. PSG are runaway leaders in France and if Pochettino remains at the Parc des Princes, that Ligue Un title is surely his?
Still though, winning the league with PSG is an entry level requirement to be a top manager isn’t it?
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From Mauricio Pochettino, there was hardly a moment of hesitation, a tumbling over words or a false step.
The PSG manager is the preferred candidate to take over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United and was not about to do anything to entirely dismiss the notion that he may take the job.
Christmas decorations up in November, City? No, no, no, no, no, no…
For City there are three alterations to the team that dismantled Everton 3-0 as Oleksandr Zinchenko, Ruben Dias and Riyad Mahrez come back in for Aymeric Laporte, Phil Foden and youngster Cole Palmer.
Mauricio Pochettino dismantles his back four with three changes that see Marquinhos, Nuno Mendes and Presnel Kimpembe come in for Juan Bernat, Abdou Diallo and Thilo Kehrer, while Marco Verratti, who is carrying a knock, makes way for former Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera.
Of course, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi start in attack while Sergio Ramos is on the bench as he awaits his debut since moving from Real Madrid in the summer.
Navas, Hakimi, Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Mendes, Paredes, Herrera, Gueye, Messi, Mbappe, Neymar.
Ederson, Walker, Zinchenko, Stones, Dias, Cancelo, Rodri, Gundogan, Silva, Mahrez, Sterling.
No English sides in them tonight but it’s going completely against form in Turkey as Besiktas, who have lost every game, lead 1-0 against an Ajax side, who have won every game. Ajax are admittedly already through.
Meanwhile Inter Milan continue their annual party trick of making a complete hash of their group, as they are being held at half-time by bottom side Shakhtar Donetsk.
By the way you can follow live coverage of Liverpool’s encounter with Porto this evening on this link.
But there is plenty of intrigue. These sides may be on the cusp of progression to the last-16 but a positive from that is we may see a care-free game of football as a result, and with the players likely to be on the pitch – who wouldn’t want that!
Not to mention we have the sub-plot of Mauricio Pochettino and a certain other Manchester side.
Plenty for us to get our teeth into this evening then as I welcome you to our live Champions League coverage of Manchester City vs Paris Saint-Germain.
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