Paris vs Manchester City

Manchester City

Founded in 1880 as St Mark's, the club became officially Manchester City Football Club in 1894. Before the takeover in 2008, the Citizens had their heyday in the late 60s, symbolized by 1 League title, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup and 1 Community Shield.

Based in Manchester in Lancashire, Manchester City has a geographical and sporting rivalry with Manchester United, the other club in the city. Often to the advantage of the Red Devils in the past, the Mancunian derby has since rebalanced.

Since July 1st, 2016, the club has been coached by Pep Guardiola. Former glory of Barcelona, the Spanish technician have known many successes on the bench of Barca and then Bayern, before landing at the Skyblues. His arrival coincided with a new milestone crossed by City, with many broken records, especially during the 2017/18 season.

The club's first qualification for the Champions League semi-finals was in 2016, against Real Madrid.

The encounters

4 matchs joués

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Won
2
Drawn
2
Lost
Semi-final - Champions League 20/21
April 28th, 2021
1-2
Round of 8 - Champions League 15/16
April 12th, 2016
1-0
Round of 8 - Champions League 15/16
April 6th, 2016
2-2

The Parisians against Manchester City

After eliminating Dortmund and Bayern Munich respectively, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain meet in the Champions League semi-finals for the first time between these two clubs.

In the first leg, on April 28th, 2021 at the Parc des Princes, the two teams had their own period of domination. Ultra dominant in the first half, the Red and Blue were rewarded by a goal from Marquinhos with a header, but without being able to score a second goal. After a tactical adjustment made by Pep Guardiola, the Skyblues finally turned the tide during second half, managing to score twice, through De Bruyne and Mahrez.

Decisive, the second leg at the Etihad Stadium will be held on May 4th, 2021.

On April 12th, 2016, Kevin De Bruyne scored the unique goal in the Citizens victory over the Red and Blue.

Players to follow

Duel

Neymar Jr

Forward 05/02/1992
When he is on his 2 legs, Neymar Jr is one of the best players in the world, without contest. Against Bayern Munchen in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, he proved it once again, with two stunning performances. Twice in the second leg, he found the crossbar and then the post of the cage of Neuer. Against Manchester City, he will once again be the leader of the Parisian attack, and will be keen of taking Paris Saint-Germain in the final for the second consecutive year.
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Kevin De Bruyne

Midfielder 28/06/1991
Kevin De Bruyne is the master of the Premier League's best attack, and one of the players counting the most assists this season. Since his arrival at the Citizens in 2015, he has continued to progress and evolve his game. A game resolutely turned to the attack. Best passer of the Premier League in 2017, 2018 and 2020, the Belgian number 17 will again be at the center of the offensive organization of the Sky Blues against the Red and Blue, capable of serving his strikers as well as finding the net.

Etihad Stadium

Built for the Commonwealth Games in 2002, the Etihad Stadium has been the Citizens' official home since 2003 when they moved from the club's iconic Main Road stadium. With a capacity of over 55,000, the stadium also hosted the UEFA Cup final on May 14th, 2008, when Zenit St Petersburg defeated Glasgow Rangers.

During the 2020/21 season, Manchester City won at the Etihad against Tottenham (3 - 0), Marseille (3 - 0) and FC Porto (3 - 1).

Ashton New Road
M11 3FF Manchester
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Practical information
Located in the Bradford district of east Manchester, the Etihad Stadium is the centerpiece of the Etihad Campus, which also includes a university, an athletics track and the official club store. The stadium is accessible via the Blue Line streetcar at the Velopark stop. There is also numerous parking available in the vicinity of the stadium.