Kylian Mbappe doubts, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero face missing out… How Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are set to line up for huge Champions League showdown tonight

Paris Saint-Germain are sweating on the fitness of Kylian Mbappe ahead of their crucial Champions League semi-final with Manchester City tonight.

City hold the advantage having won the first leg in Paris 2-1 and know that PSG have to score at least twice at the Etihad if they are to stand any chance of heading into their second straight final.


Mbappe had to watch from the sidelines as PSG took on Lens on Saturday

Pep Guardiola’s side were outplayed in the first half at the Parc des Princes with Marquinhos scoring the opener but fought back brilliantly in the second and dominated their hosts to secure a fine victory.

The Premier League club handled Mbappe brilliantly in that first leg, restricting him to zero shots, and he even had fewer touches than City goalkeeper Ederson in the game.

The France World Cup winner is still a dangerous prospect, though, scoring 37 goals in all competitions for PSG this season.

But he was absent from the club’s 2-1 win over Lens on Saturday with a calf problem and could well miss this mammoth clash.

Speaking on Monday, PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino said he would leave it late to decide whether to gamble on the 22-year-old’s fitness.

“We need to assess Kylian. Today (Monday) he is going to start an individual training session and see if he can be with the team,” said Pochettino.

“There is still one day and we will see and decide if he is going to be available. We will take the decision tomorrow (Tuesday).”

Mbappe was marked out of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final


Mbappe was marked out of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola is expecting City’s toughest test yet – regardless of whether Mbappe plays or not – but his confident his side can reach the Champions League final for the first time in the club’s history.

“I don’t have to tell anyone – the players, backroom staff, doctors, cooks – how important it is. We’ve been looking for this moment for many, many years,” said the City manager.

“In this game we are not going to play 90 minutes like we played in the second half in Paris. That’s not going to happen. I would love it, but it’s not going to happen. They have to understand that there is going to be a big battle, a tough game and moments to suffer, but we are going to react well and impose what we have to do.

“We just have to do what we have done this season, and that means in the bad moments stay calm, take the ball, regain our momentum and try to win the game. It is going to happen.

“What will make the difference is how big our good moments will be, and how quick we are going to play where we want to play. After that it belongs to the players.

“The desire to do something nice for all of us in our lives, to be remembered for ever, they have to make a step forward and say individually: ‘OK, we are going to help the team win the game.’ And we are going to do it.”

Here is how both clubs could line up for the mouth-watering showdown tonight – which you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT.

Man City

Pep roulette continued in the Premier League on Saturday, much to the frustration of Fantasy Premier League players up and down the country.

Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden, Ruben Dias and Kyle Walker all were on the bench against Crystal Palace as the league leaders eased to a 2-0 victory.

Raheem Sterling could again find himself on the bench


Raheem Sterling could again find himself on the bench

All are likely to return and Guardiola is likely to persist without a recognised striker again against PSG, especially as both Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero featured against Palace.

Aguero impressed and scored against the Eagles but has had an injury-interrupted season and despite declaring himself ready to face PSG, is set to be named on the bench with Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan inter-changing in attack.

Foden is likely to start ahead of Raheem Sterling with the younger of the two Englands star seeming to have the trust of his manager in the big games and Sterling no longer the certain starter he was.

Oleksandr Zinchenko changed the game when he came on in the first leg and could also start at the Etihad.

John Stones was suspended against Palace, but is back to partner Dias in the heart of the City defence.

How Man City could line up to face PSG on Tuesday

How Man City could line up to face PSG on Tuesday


PSG will be without the suspended Idrissa Gueye, after the midfielder was sent off in the first leg for a poor challenge on Ilkay Gundogan.

Juan Bernat and reserve goalkeeper Alexandre Letellier are still injured and miss out.

The French club will no doubt do all they can to ensure that Mbappe is fit for the game.

Even if he is only at 75 per cent, it is hard to imagine Pochettino will leave him out given his importance to the team.

Should Mbappe play, then it will likely be a similar team to the one that faced Man City in the first leg.

Neymar tends to drift inside to play in the area behind Mbappe with Marco Verratti providing the important link between defence and attack.

Should Mbappe not make it, Mauro Icardi is in line to take his place in the team.

How PSG would look with Mbappe in their ranks

How PSG would look with Mbappe in their ranks

How PSG could line up if Mbappe is unable to play

How PSG could line up if Mbappe is unable to play

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