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Guardiola discusses PSG threat ahead of Champions League semi-final

Pep Guardiola says it will be almost impossible to control Paris Saint-Germain for 90 minutes – but believes the best way for City to get a positive result in France is to express ourselves.

The Ligue 1 outfit are one of the world’s best sides, with an array of quality attacking talent to call upon.

And in their quarter-final win over Bayern Munich, they showcased their attacking brilliance with a series of swift counter-attacks that opened up the German defence. 

The boss says he will now spend some time analysing their recent matches to devise a tactical plan ahead of Wednesday’s first leg, but insists he wants to see his players go out and play with freedom.

“It’s almost impossible to control them during the full 90 minutes,” he said.

“We have to try to finish to review the team but the quality they have, not just Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe - [Angel] Di Maria and [Julian] Draxler when they play, the quality of the players in [Leandro] Paredes, [Marco] Verratti with the personality they play.

“They are organised at the back, but it’s the semi-final of the Champions League, if you play against Chelsea, Madrid, or just in case another team it’s always difficult.

“It’s just to try to play who we are. That’s what we are going to try to do.”

Watch the full interview with Pep - in which he discusses our remarkable four Carabao Cup successes in a row – via the video above!

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