A Frenchman outclasses the French. A brace from Riyad Mahrez, originally from Sarcelles, a suburb of Paris, it cancels the PSG comeback aspirations and gives to Pep Guardiola the Champions League final, ten years (and one day) after the last one, with Barcelona in 2011. Now in Istanbul on May 29, ci andr with Manchester City, his latest perfect creature, a solid, technical, relentless team. He had won at the Parco Dei Principi and is repeated even in the return to Etihad with a goal in time, without ever suffering. Guardiola’s first City was a goal machine, he learned the art of defending himself with the strength of the collective, closing all spaces with seven men in his own area and another seven in the opponent’s area on the overturning in front. The Champions League seemed bewitched for Guardiola, who has already won it twice in Catalonia, never with Bayern Munich or, until now, with the Citizens.
Paris Saint-Germain is not even close to a comeback. No.eymar is hardly noticeable and Mbapp, injured in a calf, remains sadly on the bench until the end. On a field whitened by hail and at the limit of practicability, Pochettino relies on nose of Icardi. One wrong move. Maurito is no longer that of Inter, never in the midst of the game, almost ignored by his teammatesi, comes out sadly after an hour for Kean. The Italian, along with Draxler, should try to change the inertia of the game, but less than a minute later Mahrez doubles, closing the score. The French also collapse from a nervous point of view. Di Maria is expelled and in ten everything is more difficult. City have fun and hit the post with Foden.
Too bad because the PSG had not started badly, thanks to the quality dell’ItalyVerratti and to the sharp movements of Di Maria. But the almost perfect Manchester City: short, tight, unstoppable when it starts again. And with a restart it breaks the balance. A pattern tried out who knows how many times in training. Goalkeeper Ederson’s throw sets in motion Zinchenko, who sinks and crosses in the center: De Bruyne’s shot is countered, Mahrez’s shot makes Keylor Navas dry. The Psg has the merit of not giving up and almost equal twice, with the header of Marquinhos on the crossbar and with a shot at the edge of the pole by Di Maria. Too little.
In the second half there is no story. City celebrates and on Saturday against Chelsea, in what could be the Champions League final, they will try to win the Premier. For now, Tuchel’s Blues are focused on tonight’s semi-final against Real Madrid, favored by the 1-1 first leg, but aware that against the Blancos you can never let your guard down. You have to take off your hat in front of our team, says Zidane proudly. Madrid a thousand times in this troubled season was on the verge of collapse, but always resurrected. He plans to do it again this time.
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