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The action on this side of Manchester always involves the players. Ownership is not a problem, it seems, until those who spend the money have borrowed to do so.
Much of the frustration felt by Manchester United fans is rooted in the success of City, who take a 2-1 lead in the Champions League semi-final second leg against PSG, another wealth-funded club. of State.
The whole point of City and PSG is to acquire in a short time the gravitas that clubs like United have absorbed in 60 years. Money has accelerated both at the expense of established powers that have taken on debt to keep pace.
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It’s not that United have been parsimonious in their spending. Only City have spat more at the players in the past ten years. It is the money that could have been spent had it not been used to pay down debt and dividends that makes Salford’s blood boil. Estimates suggest United drew twice as many cash loans under Glazer ownership than transfers.
It might not have been so painful if players and coaches had brought delivered value commensurate with transfer fees and salaries. City not only spent huge sums, but they did so wisely, attracting top-notch players and the head coach of the time.
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The arrival of Mauricio Pochettino at PSG following the hasty dismissal of Thomas Tuchel seems to have arrived too late to make a difference this time. The first half in Paris a week ago shows that there is still a danger in this tie if City panicked as deeply as at the Parc des Princes.
However, supported by this compelling second half and the calm authority of Pep Guardiola, the chances are for City to progress to the final for the first time, following in the footsteps, oddly enough, of PSG a year ago.
Against Bayern Munich, PSG were the slight underdog in the 2020 final despite the inclusion of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, not to mention Angel Di Maria, in a forward row identified by Guardiola as the most dangerous in club football. Bayern, like City, benefit from a wider range of talent if not the iridescent peaks of the PSG duo.
City’s victory in Paris hinges on the cumulative rise of the ensemble, inevitably led by inspiring Kevin De Bruyne and intrepid Phil Foden. With Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez optimized in sympathy, PSG has lost its rhythm and its form.
Still, it’s a team that demolished Barcelona’s home in the last 16 and went through Bayern in the quarters. Neither club is quite the force that it used to be. They are not without merit either. Don’t worry boss, Mbappe told Pochettino ahead of the first leg at Nou Camp, everything will be fine. A hat trick from Mbappe later, plus a goal from Moise Kean, nothing less.
Guardiola has passed the point of terror and nerves. He has confidence in a group that have already won a domestic trophy and are three points away from a third Premier League title in four seasons.
“You can predict the game. It can be completely different. You’re not going to play 90 minutes like we played the second half in Paris. It would be a big battle. There are times to suffer. We will react well and impose ourselves. They have to visualize that they can do it, ”he said.
“It’s no different than what they’ve been doing in the last seven months, going out there and winning. Not asking for anything special. We’ve had tough games in the Premier League, at the same level as PSG, always tough games so to go there and do what we’ve been doing this season, just stay calm, grab the ball and try to get our momentum back and try to win the Game. “
Pochettino, like Guardiola, tries to keep it simple. He wants his team to believe, be courageous and be clinical. “We have to be better than them as we were in the first half. If we are better, we cross otherwise we do not deserve to pass. We were able to beat Barca and Bayern in two games.
“It’s a matter of belief. It’s a football game. You don’t have to go too far. You confuse people. We hope to have a very good game and reach the final. This is what the players want and what they have in mind. “
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