Manchester City have progressed to the final of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League after beating Paris Saint-Germain 2:0 at the Etihad on Tuesday night and 4:1 on aggregate.
The fixture was a potential banana peel for Pep Guardiola and his men as they’ve not reached the final of the competition since his appointment as Man City boss.
This is one title that has eluded the Citizens under the Spaniard and it was believed that the Ligue 1 giants could give them a run for their money.
This is because there was this belief that PSG came of age, especially after they played in last season’s final and eliminated the likes of Barcelona and PSG on their way to the semifinal stage of this year’s competition. However, this was not the case as they fell short and performed below expectations.
One cannot help but wonder! It’s still early days but could the Ligue 1 giants have made an error with the sacking of Thomas Tuchel and the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as his replacement? I mean, we can see what the German tactician is doing with a Chelsea side that were out of sorts before his appointment.
On the other hand, Pochettino hasn’t made any significant headway as PSG’s boss. They could still lose the Ligue 1 this season as Lille FC appear to be up for the fight for the domestic title and lead the Parisiens with 1 point with just 3 games to go. They are also hotly chased by the likes of Monaco and Lyon.
Regardless, whilst many thought PSG had matured and would finally make headway in the UCL, their performance in this clash when a lot was expected of them means that they are not there yet and this could be a pointer to suggestions that Thomas Tuchel over-achieved with the French giants.
Meanwhile, one English team has entered the final of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League and we wait to see what transpires between Chelsea and Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge tonight.
Maybe, Thomas Tuchel can make a case for his genius with Chelsea and show PSG what they are missing if he can lead the Blues to the final at the expense of Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid and set up an all-English UCL final.