PSG 2-2 Manchester City: Five things we learned

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Manchester City surprised many people last night when they secured an excellent 2-2 draw against already Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain. 

Kevin De Bruyne gave City the lead before Fernandinho pegged back Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Adrien Rabiot's strikes to take two vital away goals into the second leg. 

Not many people gave the Sky Blues a chance before the match, but now Manuel Pellegrini's side are in a very commanding position. 


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Oh, how City have missed this guy. You might wonder where the Manchester club would be in the league if De Bruyne didn't miss the last month and a half. 

Before the former Werder Bremen player's injury, City were on a six-match unbeaten streak and only three points off leaders Leicester. 

Now they sit 15 points off the top and are fighting to stay in the Champions League spots. 

When the Belgian was signed for an eye-watering £54 million in the summer, after many people praised Jose Mourinho for managing to sell him for £16.7 million to Werder Bremen 18 months prior, Pellegrini was getting some strange looks. 

13 goals and 14 assists later and those strange looks have turned into nods of agreement. 

He's not your typical attacking midfielder either. He's not like his colleague David Silva, who relies on nimble footwork and agility, De Bruyne focuses on his movement off the ball which allows him to get into positions like the one he scored in, on Wednesday night. 

Much has been said about how City have become reliant on Vincent Kompany, Silva, and Sergio Aguero, but now it looks like De Bruyne's importance could be more significant than we thought. 


Fernando may have made the mistake for the goal, and the Sky Blues may have conceded two goals anyway, but if Yaya Toure was playing, this tie might already be over. 

It's not the Ivorian's fault he is played out of position in a holding midfield role, it's Pellegrini's. While the Chilean deserves some credit for the way in which City played last night, don't believe for a second he wouldn't have played Toure if he was fit. 

He might not have played in a midfield two, but he may have played further forward - forcing Silva out wide and dropping Jesus Navas which, therefore, loses the pace on the counter attack. 

If City want to go far in this competition, the Sky Blues' boss needs to be strong enough to leave £220-000-a-week Toure on the bench. 


Joe Hart will probably the first to say this hasn't been his best season of his career, but privately he would also be first to say it isn't entirely his fault. 

Playing behind this shaky, unsettled back four can't be easy, but England's number one isn't coping. 

Martin Demichelis has taken heavy criticism for the way in which he let Marcus Rashford grab the winner in the Manchester derby and rightly so, but Hart allowed a simple shot down the middle of the goal squeeze past him. Not for the first time this season either.

He hasn't been terrible this campaign, in fact, he was sensational at the Stadium of Light to earn City three vital points in February. 

This night sort of summed his season really. He made a brilliant save to deny Zlatan Ibrahimovic's penalty at 0-0, but then was partly at fault for the Swede's goal later in the half and palmed the ball to Rabiot's feet for the French side's second of the game. 

It's important to remember, however, that he has just come back from injury, so we should probably cut him a little slack. 


Similar to Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal, Sergio Aguero has been struggling for form. 

Three goals in his last six matches isn't the worse return by any stretch of the imagination, but two of them were against a side on the verge of relegation, Aston Villa, and already on holiday, Bournemouth. 

It's not the goals that are the problem, though. The Argentine looks sluggish, he's not getting into the normal positions and he rarely looks like putting the ball in the back of the net. 

Perhaps the Copa America tournament last summer has caught up with Sanchez and Aguero, who were both in the final with their respective nations. 

Even so, three goals in six games when you're struggling for form and fitness, and as already mentioned, without creator De Bruyne in recent weeks, it's not the worst scenario for a forward. 

Pellegrini might be slightly concerned with his movement, however, and will be hoping he can rely on him in the second leg. 


Contrary to Pellegrini's post-match comments, City are the favourites to go through now. Something people would have been surprised at before the first leg.

The City boss said, as quoted by the BBC: "No, we're not favourites. Not before this game and not after.

"Between big teams, you never have a favourite. It will still be open."

The Chilean knows they're favourites, he's just trying to keep the pressure off his team, but he would have been more than delighted with that result. 

You would fancy PSG to score at the Etihad, but you would fancy the Sky Blues to score also. It's not beyond the realms of possibility that the French side could score twice in Manchester, but Pellegrini will be ready to try and blow them away. 

What an opportunity this is for City to make the semi-finals, many ruled them out of this tie before it began, but Pellegrini's men are on the verge of making more history. 

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