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Champions League highlights: PSG 1-2 Man City – Pep shows its quality

I bet PSG would win this game because I thought they looked good against Bayern in the quarter-finals, albeit a bit lucky, and City had just played in a cup final three days ago. At halftime, I felt pretty complacent as PSG were leading 1-0 after a dominant 45 minutes. City ignored the pace, was even tired – would Pep play another Champions League knockout game?

Not this time. Pep had a chance to show his quality in his team talk at halftime, and he did. City dominated the second half and maybe could have won more – I would like to know what he said to his players in the locker room as they were all superb after the break.

Special mention should be made of Riyad Mahrez and Kyle Walker, who were both immense on the right flank. Mahrez scored the goal that gave City the lead in a tie to crown a man-of-the-match line-up. (He also excelled in the League Cup final against Spurs on Sunday – he proved that he is not only worthy of the City shirt, but also a great player.)

Even by PSG standards, it was remarkable how they collapsed as the game progressed. Smiles have been replaced by pouting. Niggling tackles crept in. Neymar became Bad Neymar. Idrissa Gueye saw red for a terrible duel against Ilkay Gündogan – it was such a blatant red, the referee didn’t even wait for the VAR, nor did Gueye protest.

City should now reach the final. Two away goals and a lead are a damn good cushion, although you can’t really write off a team with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Man of the game: Riyad Mahrez (Mannstadt)

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