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Author: Joao Nuno Fonseca

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PSG and Man City are two teams that want to be European champions due to all of the investment they have made in recent years. Players with tremendous potential and different playing philosophies. Both committed errors but they were capable of being resilient.

In a game marked by several mistakes, we saw a PSG dominating ball possession and a more pragmatic Man City with quick bursts in offensive shifts.
PSG had Di Maria and Zlatan Ibrahimovic as players often finding the spaces between the defensive line and the halfway line. Mangala tried to point this out to his teammates Fernando and Fernandinho but he ended up putting himself in situations of being pulled out and generating space at the back.
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Man City had moments in the game in which they pressed up high with the two forwards, but they saw early on that the defence wasn’t being alert to this pressing forward in the field of play, whilst generating spaces inside and on the opposite side that could have been taken advantage of better by PSG in terms of creating more dangerous situations.
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There were moments in defensive shifts in which Man City didn’t know how to cut off spaces when they started to build. When Otamendi came forward in the 2nd building phase of play, there must have been concern on the part of Mangala/the defensive line in terms cutting of the space and not allowing Ibrahimovic to remain alone in space for being able to emerge on offensive shifts, as which happened and can be seen from the illustrated images.
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There were moments of lack of communication between Fernando and Fernandinho when Di Maria/Ibrahimovic came close together to link up in the 2nd building phase of play. Fernando came forward generating space at the back and allowing the ball to be received and the entering into the final third.
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In the goal conceded by Man City the error starts with Hart. He doesn’t perceive the bad body position of Fernando at the time in which the building play starts and this affected the perception of the pressure from Ibrahimovic. He had the option of the pass to Otamendi.
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PSG conceded their first goal after an error in Matuidi’s pass in the midfield, which allowed Man City to progress forward in an offensive shift. David Luiz doesn’t have a bad body position, but he could have had a better control of the space at the back, as he is focused on the player in possession of the ball without being in control of the incoming De Bruyne.
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The final result ended up being fair due to the consecutive errors and it is set up well for the two teams, which leaves everything open for the 2nd leg.
It will be a very interesting game and it is impossible to predict the result, where the strategies will certainly be decisive.

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Joao Nuno Fonseca
Senior Football Match Analyst

Joao Nuno Fonseca hold an MSc in Sports Training with specialisation in Football under the guidance of the Professor Jose Guilherme. Start his professional career during University in Academica de Coimbra – 1st Division Portugal, as match analyst for the historical club. Won the Portuguese Cup in 2012 against Sporting Lisbon. Currently is Senior Football Match Analyst for ASPIRE Academy in Doha – Qatar and U19 Qatar National Team.

www.joaonunofonseca.com

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