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Jack Grealish and James Maddison in full agreement over "scary" Neymar

Mirror Online 29 April, 2021 - 08:00pm

Manchester City's Champions League semi-final against PSG Wednesday night had many fans on the edge of their seats, including Jack Grealish and James Maddison.

Pep Guardiola's side eventually overcame the French giants in a first leg 2-1 victory which was packed with drama.

PSG went 1-0 up through a Marquinhos header, but City stormed back in the second half.

Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez scored and PSG's Idrissa Gueye was sent off for a horror challenge on Ilkay Gundogan.

While the French club were defeated, Neymar's first half performance was "scary" according to Aston Villa's Grealish and Leicester City's Maddison, who were clearly excited to see the Brazilian star take to the pitch.

Their exchange started with Grealish tweeting: "What a game this has the potential to be. Can't wait!"

Maddison later replied: "Is there a more enjoyable player to watch in the world than Neymar ? Not for me..."

Grealish responded: "Scary how good he is"

The two stars may have revelled in Neymar's skill but others weren't as impressed with the forward, particularly after his relatively disappointing second-half at the Parc des Princes.

TalkSport's Jamie O'Hara tweeted "I want a refund on the money I paid to watch Neymar. #secondhalfstinker" and former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher accused the star of being a "diver".

Neymar's performance against City may have divided opinion but his stats speak for themselves as he has scored six Champions League goals in eight appearances this season.

The Brazilian star will get his chance to score more in the second leg of the semi-final which will take place at the Etihad Stadium on May 4.

He took to Instagram after the game to post: "We lost the battle but the war continues.

"I believe in my team, I believe that we can be better than we were. Allez Paris. 1 per cent fortune, 99 per cent faith."

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The speculation hasn’t completely gone away, but Barca’s financial issues do make it seem like an almost impossible task.

A report from AS has indicated that they still think they can pull it off this summer, so perhaps there’s something in PSG’s performance last night that proved they still can’t get over the line in the Champions League.

They completely collapsed and lost their discipline as Man City turned the game around and Pep Guardiola’s men are favourites for the final now, while it’s also possible that PSG won’t win the league this season either.

Perhaps that means Neymar will want to force his way out, and the report claims that Barca have a plan for a devastating front three if they can bring him back to the Nou Camp.

He would take up his usual spot on the left hand side with Messi on the right, and it would be Ansu Fati who would play through the middle as a false 9.

They say that would rule out a move for Erling Haaland although that could be financially out of their reach anyway, but it would also mean that Antoine Griezmann would be become a back-up alongside Dembele, while they still think they could add Depay or Aguero as rotation players too.

It all sounds like a bit of a fantasy just now as the money isn’t really there to convince PSG to sell, but if Neymar really tries to force his way out then perhaps some kind of swap deal could be tempting.

We need neymar by all cause. Not neither Halaad nor Depay either Aguaro can stop this. We need he!

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PSG star Alessandro Florenzi warns Manchester City 'they have not won the war yet'

Daily Mail 29 April, 2021 - 08:00pm

By Ollie Lewis For Mailonline

Alessandro Florenzi has warned Manchester City they 'have not won the war yet' after the PSG defender issued a rallying cry to his team-mates following their defeat to Pep Guardiola's side.

The Premier League leaders left Paris victorious in their Champions League semi final first leg on Wednesday, coming from behind to secure a 2-1 win to take control of the tie.

Second half strikes from Kevin de Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez has given Guardiola's side two important away goals heading into next Tuesday's second leg at the Etihad Stadium.

PSG star Alessandro Florenzi has warned Manchester City they 'have not won the war yet'

The Premier League leaders took control of their semi final tie with a huge 2-1 win in Paris

The Parisians fell apart after half time as City took control, with Idrissa Gueye given his marching orders for a horror tackle on Ilkay Gundogan, and Florenzi conceded that Mauricio Pochettino's side lost their way.

'We lost our shape, it's not like us,' he told Sky Sport Italia. 'We are 22 talented players on the pitch, it's a battle for 90 minutes. 

'The first goal was a little fortunate, the second went through the wall. Details make the difference at this level. 

'However, we're only halfway through the battle, they haven't won the war yet.'

And Florenzi says PSG need '11 warriors ready to die on the pitch' when they meet on Tuesday

PSG have been strong on the road in the Champions League this season, securing big wins away to Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Florenzi hopes that his side s can maintain their strong performances away from the French capital next week

'We hope to continue the trend of away wins. It won't be easy, but this team has what it takes to win in Manchester. We need 11 warriors ready to die on the pitch.'

Florenzi's sentiments were echoed by captain Marquinhos, who had put the hosts ahead with a superb header from an Angel di Maria corner. 

The French side have taken big scalps on the road this season and will need to do so again

'We will need personality, he who does not believe that we can do it shouldn't even make the trip over there,' he told RMC Sport

'We will need a warrior mentality, do everything required to go through. We are very close, we must not doubt it now. 

'We conceded two very stupid goals, these are details, this is the Champions League. We have to better manage these little details and remain strong in goal situations.  

'It is true that the second half, we were too far back, we were not able to find a way out of our half, the City team was more aggressive, they played higher. We still have 90 minutes but we will have to do better to head to the final.'

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PSG vs Man City: How Pep Guardiola's side pressed their way to victory in the Champions League

GIVEMESPORT 29 April, 2021 - 02:00pm

PSG made an impressive start, and deservedly took the lead after 15 minutes through a Marquinhos header from Angel Di Maria's corner. The hosts continued to have the upper hand in the contest for the remainder of the half, and went close to doubling their lead when Leandro Paredes headed just wide from another set-piece.

However, City responded brilliantly after the break, and started to assert their dominance in the second half. Kevin De Bruyne levelled matters when his cross avoided everyone and curled into the far corner, before Riyad Mahrez struck a free-kick home to complete the turnaround.

The night went from bad to worse for PSG when Idrissa Gueye was sent off late on for an ugly lunge on Ilkay Gundogan.

It seemed that City were in for a long night when they went behind early on. PSG had much the better of the first half, registering nine shots to City's four. 

The second half was a different story, though. City took charge from the outset, and ended the game with 11 shots, while PSG only had one shot in the final 45 minutes.

Upon reflection, City were good value for their win, and may feel that they could have scored another, especially with PSG reduced to 10 men for the last 13 minutes when Gueye was given his marching orders.

City did not give PSG a moment's rest in the match, and it began to show in the second half. In the early stages of the game, the hosts were able to cope, with Neymar and Di Maria working their way out of tricky situations, but the longer the match went on, the more mistakes City forced from their opponents.

Take a look at the video below to see exactly how City managed to overwhelm PSG...

City have undoubtedly put themselves in a strong position, with PSG knowing that they will need to score at least twice at the Etihad to have a chance of qualifying.

They are capable of doing just that, though. Earlier this month, Mauricio Pochettino's men hit three past Bayern Munich away from home, and their counter-attacking style may benefit them when they travel to Manchester next week.

It could be argued that City have one foot in the final, but they are not home and dry yet by any means.

Manchester City: Phil Foden 'more important than Kevin De Bruyne'

GIVEMESPORT 29 April, 2021 - 02:00pm

Speaking to BT Sport ahead of City's Champions League semi-final clash with Paris Saint-Germain, Lescott revealed who he thinks is more important to the Manchester club. 

"I would argue that Phil is the most important player in the team,' Lescott said in BT Sport's pre-game build-up, as quoted by the Daily Mail

"In the club, you would say Kevin De Bruyne, he has got the contract to suggest that, but on current form and impact in games, Phil Foden for me is the most important player.

"He contributes so much to the team going forward, his energy, he leads the line with work-rate off the ball and his quality in possession is second to none."

The 20-year-old certainly put his best foot forward on Wednesday evening and demonstrated how he's capable of rubbing shoulders with some of Europe's elite. 

For his performance against PSG, the academy graduate earned a WhoScored rating of 7.7, which was the second-highest behind goalscorer Riyad Mahrez. 

That night, Foden excelled on the left wing and unleashed three shots on goal, completed three dribbles, and maintained a pass completion rate of 95%, as per WhoScored.

Additionally, Foden was fouled by Idrissa Gueye in the lead-up to Mahrez's free-kick that provided City with the winning goal in Paris.  

This campaign has arguably been Foden's best season in a City shirt, as he's been trusted with further responsibilities in the first team. 

Foden has been deployed in a variety of different roles and has also made an impact off the bench. 

On WhoScored, the England international has the eighth-highest Premier League performance rating in the City squad, with a score of 7.12.

Moreover, he's been a real threat for City in the Premier League this season, as he's provided 12 goal contributions across 25 appearances. 

The Citizen midfielder has seemingly grown in confidence as the campaign has progressed. In his last three outings in the English top-flight, Foden has converted in each game and was named the Man of the Match by WhoScored on two of those occasions. 

In terms of statistics and what he's brought to the team, unfortunately not. 

Without a doubt, Foden has an extremely bright future and could potentially become a legend of the club if he continues to fulfil his potential. 

It's also important to note that he's missed nine games through injury this season, so this figure could be far higher if he'd stayed fit.

Foden is a player with unbelievable ability and has a huge future in the game, but he can't stand side by side with De Bruyne just yet. 

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