Ionel Messi has been declared fit for tonight’s huge Champions League game between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.
Messi has missed PSG’s last two games but the 34-year-old has overcome a knee injury and is expected to play a role at Parc des Princes.
“He [Messi] is the same as Marco. He’s on a very good track, ”said Pochettino. “I think he will be in the squad, but I still haven’t decided on the starting XI.”
Two of this season’s Champions League favorites meet in this crucial Group A clash.
PSG cannot afford to lose more points in the competition after a surprise draw against Club Brugge.
City started their European campaign with an entertaining 6-3 victory over RB Leipzig and travel to Paris with their confidence boosted after a superb controlled victory over Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The pair last met in the semifinals of last year’s competition, with Manchester City victorious in both sets en route to a 4-1 aggregate triumph.
Kick-off date, time and location
PSG vs Manchester City are scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. BST at Parc des Princes in Paris.
Where to watch PSG vs Manchester City
TV channel: Tonight’s game will be televised on BT Sport 2, with coverage starting at 7 p.m. ET.
Direct: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the game through the BT Sport app or website.
News from the PSG vs Manchester City team
Mauricio Pochettino will decide whether Messi starts alongside Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, or is on the bench. Sergio Ramos is also not far from being in great shape, but may have to wait to make his PSG debut.
With a huge trip to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday, Pep Guardiola’s side selection is expected to keep an eye on the players for the weekend.
John Stones was back on the bench for City for the Chelsea win and he is in the running to play. Guardiola will decide whether Stones, Nathan Ake or Aymeric Laporte will team up with Ruben Dias at the center of City’s defense.
Riyad Mahrez, Ferran Torres, Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho could all enter the squad. Ilkay Gundogan and Aleks Zinchenko remain on the sidelines.
Prediction PSG vs Manchester City
PSG know they can’t afford to cede more ground in the squad to Manchester City and will be keen to exploit a defense that has shown vulnerability against RB Leipzig. But this is a Manchester City side with renewed confidence after a great win over Chelsea. A high draw seems likely.
History and results of face to face (h2h)
Betting odds and tips
- PSG to win: 10/21
- Draw: 13/5
- Manchester City to win: 13/10