Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has experienced sleepless nights trying to come up with a plan of combating Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for Wednesday’s Uefa Champions League semifinal first leg.
Guardiola is well aware that Brazil international Neymar and France striker Mbappe pose a serious threat to his hopes of leading Man City to their first Champions League final.
The duo made light work of Barcelona in the last 16 before inspiring PSG to a quarterfinal victory over holders Bayern Munich.
Guardiola has been trying to find a plan to subdue Neymar and Mbappe, but he conceded it has been such a difficult task that his sleep has been interrupted.
“I try to sleep well last night and I slept when I was not thinking about their players like that,” said Guardiola.
“We know we are going to suffer in both games and they are going to have chances. Everyone knows the quality they have. But in the semifinals of the Champions League, what do you expect?”
Guardiola believes the best way of neutralising Neymar and Mbappe is for Man City to retain possession as much as possible.
When it was put to him that Barca and Bayern had both perished while trying to stay true to their attacking beliefs, Guardiola said: “We are going to concede counter-attacks because they have a lot of weapons. We will try and stop them by defending as a team and playing well as a team.
“We will have to adjust something of course, but at the same time, it wouldn’t make any sense not to be who we are.
“Our strong point defensively is because 11 players run a lot. Tomorrow, unfortunately, we will have to run more because PSG are so strong.”
Chelsea and Real Madrid played to a 1-1 draw in the first Champions League first leg match in Spain.
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By FARPost Reporter