PSG Still Undecided on Mbappe Fitness

PSG Still Undecided on Mbappe Fitness Photo: TT
Kylian Mbappe of PSG and Kyle Walker of Manchester City Paris Saint Germain v Manchester City, UEFA Champions League, Semi Final

Paris Saint-Germain are still sweating on Kylian Mbappe’s fitness ahead of their UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg away to Manchester City on Tuesday.

Mbappe is battling a calf injury and Paris Saint-Germain remain undecided about whether he’ll take on Manchester City as they try to overturn their 2-1 first leg deficit.

The France superstar did travel with PSG to Manchester, but PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino clarified no decision had been made.

“We need to see how things go for Kylian Mbappe,” he said.

“He will train individually this evening to see if he can be in the team tomorrow night. We will take a decision this evening.

“The system will be similar to the one we have been using since the start: being confident in our potential.”

Meanwhile, City boss Pep Guardiola preached a simple message ahead of the clash.

City have never made the Champions League final, falling in the quarter-finals in the previous three editions. Guardiola, himself, lost two semi-finals at Barcelona and three with Bayern Munich.

“We approach the game with a small advantage and we have to play to win the game,” Guardiola said. “This is what we will do.”

He added: “I know what we are playing for. In these types of games, you don’t need much emotions. You need to be more calm and know what to do.

“I don’t need to tell anyone - the backroom staff, the players, the chefs - everybody knows how important it is. That is the situation.”

Ben somerford
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