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Pochettino demands even more from PSG

2021-04-28 03:02:51 1762 Versions

After losing out in last season's final, the French champions have toppled Spanish giants Barcelona and the team that beat them in Lisbon, Bayern Munich, to reach the last four.

PSG welcome City to Paris for the first leg of their eagerly awaited semi-final on Wednesday hoping to go one better than 2019/20 where when they were toppled 1-0 by the Bavarians under Thomas Tuchel.


City, meanwhile, fell at the quarters, beaten by PSG's French rivals Lyon, and this is the first time they have made it through to the last eight during Pep Guardiola's reign.

But Pochettino, who knows Guardiola and City well from his time as Tottenham boss, reckons the Premier League leaders are a cut above Bayern, who the French champions beat on away goals in the last eight.

"City are one of the best teams in the world, thanks to their coach," Pochettino told reporters. "It will be harder than against Bayern. We don't know if we are going to win, there is no theory. We come, trying to prepare in the best possible way. We are confident."

The Parisians warmed up for the match with a 3-1 win at Metz last Saturay but are sweating on the fitness of Kylian Mbappe, who limped off after scoring twice.

PSG are 11/5 to win the home leg with City a 11/10 chance, while the draw is 14/5.

Pochettino's side are 3/1 to win the Champions League 2020/21, with the Citizens 11/8.