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Gabriel Jesus: Fine margins will define PSG tie

Gabriel Jesus: Fine margins will define PSG tie
Gabriel Jesus insists there can be no slip-ups if Manchester City are to come out on top against Paris Saint-Germain in Wednesday’s Champions League clash.

City currently sit top of Group A ahead of the Parisians’ visit to the Etihad Stadium, with victory for either side, or just a point for Guardiola's men, securing a spot in the knockout stages with one game to spare.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men claimed a slender 2-0 win in September’s reverse fixture, but a draw with RB Leipzig in their last outing leaves them one place and one point worse off.

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Jesus and co. also come into the tie with fond memories from our last home fixture against PSG, in which a 2-0 triumph sealed our progression to a maiden Champions League final back in May.

Looking ahead to Wednesday’s showdown, the Brazilian didn’t shy away from the game’s importance: “It's a huge game. It involves a lot of good players. Any mistake is fatal.

“It does not forgive you. It's a goal, it's a win, so we have to stay focused during the 90, 95 minutes of match to do our best.

“We can't concede goals and (we need to) try to score when we have the opportunities.

“I think we need to see them and try to do our best. Go to the pitch to win, just like we tried in Paris.

“A mistake is normal, it will happen, but we need to minimise them.

“Just like we can't make mistakes on conceding, we can't make mistakes in front of the goal. In these matches, it counts a lot.”

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While Jesus insisted that City will need to be at our best to claim all three points against PSG, he also stressed that it was business as usual for Pep Guardiola’s men.

Asked whether the big European showpieces trumped our domestic commitments, he insisted that we enter every tie with the same intensity and desire to win.

When it comes to big matches, whatever the championship, you want to win, you want to do your best and to win the match, qualify,” he reflected.

“In terms of big matches, that's it. Every player wants to play to try and win the game.

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“There are a lot of great players that can decide the match. We need to go in focused, like I said, (and) minimise mistakes.”

International bonds will be put aside on Wednesday evening, with Jesus potentially lining up opposite Selecao teammates Marquinhos and Neymar.

And while Jesus speaks fondly of PSG’s Brazilian duo, he insists that his sole focus is on helping City to victory when he steps across the white line.

“They are my friends. We (have) played together in the national team for some time,” he said.

“They are great players. I respect them both, just like they respect us as well.

“But now is everyone defending yours (team). On the pitch the respect remains, but each one will try to play for his team. Trying to win.

“When the match is over, everything comes back to normal. But during the match, with the ball going, it's each one for himself.”

City v PSG

Follow comprehensive coverage of our Champions League clash with PSG right here on mancity.com and the official Man City app.

Alistair Mann and Michael Brown will provide commentary throughout the 90 minutes, while minute-by-minute text updates are available in our Matchday Centre, starting at 18:00 (UK).

For those with push notifications turned on, you'll also get alerted as soon as the teams are announced and when any goals go in.

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Our Matchday Live show can be found on all digital platforms including the app, beginning at 18:45.

Nedum Onuoha and Shaun Wright-Phillips are special guests for our PSG clash and will offer their expert insight prior to kick-off before a half-time debrief and detailed post-match recap.

The former City duo will also answer viewer questions throughout the broadcast. To have your say, send a WhatsApp to: +447537186538.

Highlights from the match can be found later in the evening, while a full-match replay will also be available from midnight following the game with a CITY+ subscription.

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