Manchester City have gotten a step closer to European immortality and they did it in style by beating Paris Saint Germain 2-0 in the second leg of the Semi final at the Ethihad.
The Cityzens were the better side for three out of the 4 halves played accross the two legs and did so without starting a center foward. Pep Guardiola has been notorious for changing his tactical approach in big Champions League ties and those changes were largely responsible for their early exists in the past. This year however, he hit gold with his no striker approach and Pochetino had no answer to it.
Manchester City dominated the second half of the first leg in Paris and that dominance continued through the second leg. With no striker Man City could commit more bodies to defense and were devastating on the counter attack with the pace of Mahrez and Foden causing PSG troubles all through the night. Riyadh Mahrez came up big for Manchester City as he usually does scoring the two goals but it was the defensive tenacity of the City team that really won them the game. Yes, Manchester City did have control for most of the game but the City team held Neymar and Co to zero shots on target for the full 90 minutes a feat that had never been achieved by any team the defending French Champions had faced. Manchester City for all their passing play and flair are a very good team defensively and their organization at the back and press up front continued to frustrate their opponent.
Manchester City have made it to the Championship League Final for the first time in their history and they have done it in grand style winning a record 11 games ( highest by an English team) en route the final. They are yet to loose a game in this year’s campaign and have only drawn once to Porto in the group stage. Since then Man City have won seven consecutive Champions League games and will be looking to cap it off at Istanbul when they face either Chelsea or Real Madrid at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium on May 29.