It will be a battle of big spenders at the Etihad on Tuesday night as one of the first two spots in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals will be earned by either Manchester City or visiting Paris Saint-Germain .
After banging in two important away goals, City is set to host PSG in the second leg of their quarter final series and they have their eyes on setting a new record as the Citizens have never reached the semifinals of the UCL.
Due to the goals by Kevin de Bruyne and Fernandinho in Paris, Man City has the slight advantage ahead of the decisive leg on Tuesday.
PSG were the favorite to progress to the UCL semifinals before the series began, but Manuel Pellegrini’s men looked capable and hungry at the Parc des Princes.
The scoreline on aggregate sits at 2-2, so a low-scoring tie or a win on home soil will see Man City’s magical UCL run continue.
Prior to last week’s quarter-final first leg, the two sides met in the UEFA Cup group stage in the 2008-09 season, which ended in a goalless draw.
Hart, Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta were all involved in the game, which was the first time that City had gone up against a French team.
During that competition, City, who were managed by Mark Hughes at the time, ended up finishing first in Group A and went on to lose in the quarter-finals, while PSG finished third and were knocked out at the same stage.
At the moment, City are going through to the semi-finals, but it might end up being a mistake if the team just sit back and draw PSG onto them at the Etihad Stadium, particularly as they displayed defensive problems at Parc des Princes.
The French outfit need to cancel out City’s away goals with a fee of their own, meaning that the onus is on them to get a result. Both teams could score, providing a tense affair at the Etihad, but City could have just enough to progress.
Pellegrini has confirmed a big blow in his back line that captain Vincent Kompany will not play a part in the crucial match, despite taking part in training on Monday.
The centre-back is still working on his recovery from a calf injury and Pellegrini has claimed it is suicidal to rush him to come back into the first team.
Also, David Silva, though, is likely to return to the side, while Aguero has shaken off a knock to be considered for the starting XI.
Nicolas Otamendi did not train with the squad on Monday , but he is expected to take Kompany’s place in defence, while Yaya Toure is also likely to take part after missing the first leg.
As for PSG, Blanc will have to make do without Blaise Matuidi and David Luiz as the pair are suspended for the second leg, but Marco Verratti could return to the lineup after overcoming a groin problem.
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Hart; Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Clichy; Fernando, Toure; Navas, Silva, De Bruyne; Aguero
Paris Saint-Germain possible starting lineup:
Trapp; Aurier, Marquinhos, Silva, Maxwell; Motta, Verratti, Rabiot; Di Maria, Ibrahimovic, Cavani