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Champions League Semi-final Second Leg Against PSG Like Any Other Game – Guardiola

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Manchester City will treat Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final with Paris St-Germain “like another game”, says manager Pep Guardiola.

The Premier League leaders carry a 2-1 advantage into their second leg at Etihad Stadium as they bid to reach their first Champions League final.

“We arrive in a good moment and I said to the guys, ‘Don’t think too much to win the game’,” said Guardiola.

“It is the same message of the last six months.”

Guardiola, 50, won the competition twice with Barcelona but this is the furthest he has got in five attempts with City.

“We approach this game like another game,” he added.

“We start with a small advantage but we have to play to win the game. This is all we are going to do.”

City have no fresh injury concerns, with Guardiola resting Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin de Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias and Phil Foden for City’s 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday,

PSG may be without star forward Kylian Mbappe after the World Cup winner missed the French champions’ 2-1 win over Lens with a calf injury on Saturday.

But Guardiola expects the 22-year old to feature.

“[Mbappe] is going to play – and I am looking forward to him playing, for the football and the game itself,” he added.

City have 57% chance of winning the Champions League

Simon Gleave, head of sports analysis, Nielsen’s Gracenote: “After winning 2-1 in Paris, Manchester City now have well over 50% chance of lifting their first Champions League trophy at the end of this month.

“The number one team on our Euro Club Index (www.euroclubindex.com) is estimated to have 87% chance of finishing the job of knocking out Paris St-Germain and 57% chance of winning the competition.”

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