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Kylian Mbappe (right)Mbappe scored eight times in four Champions League games earlier in the season but failed to score against City in the first leg

Paris St-Germain face an anxious wait to see if Kylian Mbappe will be fit to face Manchester City in Tuesday's Champions League semi-final second leg.

The striker, 22, missed Saturday's win over Lens with a calf injury.

Boss Mauricio Pochettino says his top scorer will be monitored in training before a decision is made on his availability for the tie in Manchester.

"We need to assess Kylian," said the Argentine, whose side trail 2-1 from the first leg.

"Today he is going to start an individual training session and see if he can be with the team. There is still one day and we will see and decide if he is going to be available."

France international Mbappe has scored 37 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions this season, including eight in 10 Champions League matches.

PSG are looking to reach the final of the Champions League for the second year running, having lost to Bayern Munich in Lisbon last season.

To do so, Pochettino is urging his side to be more clinical than they were in the first leg in Paris.

"We will try to give trust and confidence to the players," he added.

"The intention is to deprive them of the possession but it is a challenge. They have played six years under the same philosophy with Pep.

"We are trying to get more balance. We need to be ready to suffer in some moments of the game. We need to be clinical and aggressive."

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'We approach this like any other game'

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Manchester City boss Pep GuardiolaManchester City came from behind to win the first leg of their Champions League semi-final with Paris St-Germain 2-1 last Wednesday

City will treat the second leg "like another game", says manager Pep Guardiola as they bid to reach their first Champions League final.

"We arrive in a good moment and I said to the guys, 'Don't think too much to win the game'," said Guardiola.

"It is the same message of the last six months."

Guardiola won the competition twice with Barcelona but this is the furthest he has got in five attempts with City.

"We approach this game like another game," he added.

"We start with a small advantage but we have to play to win the game. This is all we are going to do."

The Premier League leaders have no fresh injury concerns, with Guardiola resting Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin de Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias and Phil Foden for City's 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

City have 57% chance of winning the Champions League

Simon Gleave, head of sports analysis, Nielsen's Gracenote: "After winning 2-1 in Paris, Manchester City now have well over a 50% chance of lifting their first Champions League trophy at the end of this month.

"The number one team on our Euro Club Index (www.euroclubindex.com) is estimated to have an 87% chance of finishing the job of knocking out Paris St-Germain and a 57% chance of winning the competition."

Manchester City have a 57% chance of winning the Champions League

City hoping to reach first European final for 51 years – the stats

Manchester City are unbeaten in all four previous European meetings with PSG (W2 D2), winning their last home match against them in April 2016 in the second leg of that season's Champions League quarter-final.PSG have only faced AC Milan (four times) more often without winning in the Champions League than they have against Man City (three).Man City have won their past six Champions League matches and victory here would see them break the record for the longest winning run by an English team in European Cup history. Three other sides have won six in a row: Manchester United (1965-66), Leeds United (1969-70) and Arsenal (2005).PSG progressed from their last Champions League knockout tie when losing the first leg, recovering a 2-1 first-leg deficit against Borussia Dortmund in last season's last 16 to progress 3-2 on aggregate. However, in their major European history, the French side have never progressed after losing the first leg of a knockout tie at home.Should Manchester City progress, they would reach their first European final for 51 years, since winning the 1970 Cup Winners' Cup final against Gornik Zabrze. This would break the record for the longest gap between appearances in European finals, currently held by Sporting Lisbon (41 years between 1964 Cup Winners' Cup final and 2005 Uefa Cup final). commentsView Comments686

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Comment posted by Johnny, at 17:34 3 MayJohnny

17:34 3 MayAll successful teams since the 80s have had to spend big so City are no exception, just better managed with players that are not prima donnas.12330Removed commentMore replies (45)down6

Comment posted by 617 Lincoln , at 17:06 3 May617 Lincoln

17:06 3 MayRegardless of who we follow, get behind city for a night and cheer them to a final,,we’re all footie fans12147E

Reply posted by end racism ALL lives matter BBC, at 17:24 3 Mayend racism ALL lives matter BBC

17:24 3 Mayto 617 Lincoln "Regardless of who we follow, get behind city for a night and cheer them to a final,,we’re all footie fans"end racism ALL lives matter BBC replied: Footer.630More replies (26)downH

Comment posted by He said what, at 16:53 3 MayHe said what

16:53 3 MayAs a complete neutral I’m genuinely excited for it!6210F

Reply posted by football, at 18:50 3 Mayfootball

18:50 3 Mayto He said what"As a complete neutral I’m genuinely excited for it!"football replied: It should be end-to-end stuff. At the end of the day, it’s a game of 2 halves, and let’s be clear, there are no easy games at this level.146More replies (7)downM

Comment posted by More on this story, at 17:03 3 MayMore on this story

17:03 3 MayNot expecting a classic, cry baby Neymar rolling around on the floor every time he loses the ball!6013Removed commentMore replies (2)downH

Comment posted by hc5qit7z, at 17:49 3 Mayhc5qit7z

17:49 3 MayAs a neutral I like the idea of City doing well in the UCL. During this difficult time just imagine how happy city fans would be to maybe win the Champions League for the first time5913F

Reply posted by football, at 18:51 3 Mayfootball

18:51 3 Mayto hc5qit7z"As a neutral I like the idea of City doing well in the UCL. During this difficult time just imagine how happy city fans would be to maybe win the Champions League for the first time"football replied: I imagine it’s the same for PSG fans. I hope they do well and let the best team win.146More replies (7)downR

Comment posted by rd, at 16:49 3 Mayrd

16:49 3 MayThis is clash of the titans, hope City thrash PSG in style, don’t get many chance to bring home 3 cups again, its shame its not 4. Lets bring the holy grail home for Pep7328M

Reply posted by Mic, at 17:44 3 MayMic

17:44 3 Mayto rd"This is clash of the titans, hope City thrash PSG in style, don’t get many chance to bring home 3 cups again, its shame its not 4. Lets bring the holy grail home for Pep"Mic replied: I’m sure you have sufficient money to buy any amount of trophies you are already doing that with players?1683More replies (23)downP

Comment posted by Pete, at 16:49 3 MayPete

16:49 3 MayNot quite mate.
It’s for a place in the final of the Champions league even if you’re not a champion…

Bring back the old format and put it on terrestrial tv like it used to be.5612U

Reply posted by U19667911, at 18:24 3 MayU19667911

18:24 3 Mayto Pete"Not quite mate.It’s for a place in the final of the Champions league even if you’re not a champion…Bring back the old format and put it on terrestrial tv like it used to be."U19667911 replied: Hopefully psg win el petrolico, the cl doesnt deserve to be tainted by having man citys name on it.

Also how lol is it that the bbc still refuse to put a comments section on any of the posts about the disgusting behavior of the man utd fans yesterday2080More replies (16)downS

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Comment posted by should of would of could of, at 18:33 3 Mayshould of would of could of

18:33 3 MayHope they can do it for Serge Aguerio, whose name will go down in history.385L

Reply posted by lvred, at 19:19 3 Maylvred

19:19 3 Mayto should of would of could of"Hope they can do it for Serge Aguerio, whose name will go down in history."lvred replied: Sergio Aguero has been a pretty decent player for City, too…..223More replies (2)downB

Comment posted by bob, at 17:22 3 Maybob

17:22 3 MayJust remember if Utd, Leicester and Chelsea (or West Ham or Spurs) grab the top 4 or 5 places it will seriously impact Liverpool’s revenues next season

😉4615B

Reply posted by Bill Somebody Else, at 17:24 3 MayBill Somebody Else

17:24 3 Mayto bob"Just remember if Utd, Leicester and Chelsea (or West Ham or Spurs) grab the top 4 or 5 places it will seriously impact Liverpool’s revenues next season😉"Bill Somebody Else replied: That would be a real shame.359More replies (9)downB

Comment posted by BillyMeredith, at 19:40 3 MayBillyMeredith

19:40 3 MayThe more successful City are, the louder some United and Liverpool fans shout how unfair or tainted it all is. Which is almost as enjoyable as winning the trophies. Imagine believing you have some divine right to success! Anyway, best of luck tomorrow Blues. No injuries or suspensions and on to the Final hopefully.3613R

Reply posted by Rich, at 19:47 3 MayRich

19:47 3 Mayto BillyMeredith"The more successful City are, the louder some United and Liverpool fans shout how unfair or tainted it all is. Which is almost as enjoyable as winning the trophies. Imagine believing you have some divine right to success! Anyway, best of luck tomorrow Blues. No injuries or suspensions and on to the Final hopefully."Rich replied: will you be going? 😂33More replies (6)downO

Comment posted by owdman, at 16:47 3 Mayowdman

16:47 3 MayIt’s there for Man City to prove that they are one of the great teams, they need to get through and win the final.318M

Reply posted by manchesterblue, at 17:18 3 Maymanchesterblue

17:18 3 Mayto owdman"It’s there for Man City to prove that they are one of the great teams, they need to get through and win the final."manchesterblue replied: its been proven for a decade now2726More replies (20)downM

Comment posted by Murphy45, at 18:05 3 MayMurphy45

18:05 3 MayTough game tomorrow for the soon to be Premier league Champions but we can do it but definitely game on as PSG are a very good side, best of luck to Pep and the boys!243L

Reply posted by LondonsFinestClub, at 20:28 3 MayLondonsFinestClub

20:28 3 Mayto Murphy45"Tough game tomorrow for the soon to be Premier league Champions but we can do it but definitely game on as PSG are a very good side, best of luck to Pep and the boys!"LondonsFinestClub replied: City expected to win this, if they don’t it will be a monumental failure and take the shine off the league. PSG are good but a little flaky so City should squeeze by.37J

Comment posted by JJ, at 18:26 3 MayJJ

18:26 3 MayGood luck City, let’s hope for an all English final. Great supporters great Manager who is honest & Magnanimous in victory and dignified in defeat. Unlike their now “noisy” neighbours3011S

Reply posted by ste, at 18:50 3 Mayste

18:50 3 Mayto JJ"Good luck City, let’s hope for an all English final. Great supporters great Manager who is honest & Magnanimous in victory and dignified in defeat. Unlike their now “noisy” neighbours"ste replied: An all English final totally boring!!!712More replies (2)downT

Comment posted by The Page, at 17:17 3 MayThe Page

17:17 3 Mayi would love it if we beat them!223J

Reply posted by Joe King, at 18:52 3 MayJoe King

18:52 3 Mayto The Page"i would love it if we beat them!"Joe King replied: Who’s “we” ?56More replies (4)downE

Comment posted by evernut, at 19:11 3 Mayevernut

19:11 3 MayPep won’t be fooled by this gamesmanship.

Of course Mbappe will be playing.192L

Reply posted by LondonsFinestClub, at 20:29 3 MayLondonsFinestClub

20:29 3 Mayto evernut"Pep won’t be fooled by this gamesmanship. Of course Mbappe will be playing."LondonsFinestClub replied: I expect so30B

Comment posted by bob, at 17:10 3 Maybob

17:10 3 MayWould be great to win and reach the final but the priorities are ..
a) to win the PL and join Chelsea as 2nd on the all time list
b) for the sake of football and all neutrals to hope that Liverpool don’t qualify for Europe (unless it’s Kazakhstan on a Thursday night)3821M

Reply posted by Mic, at 17:40 3 MayMic

17:40 3 Mayto bob"Would be great to win and reach the final but the priorities are ..a) to win the PL and join Chelsea as 2nd on the all time listb) for the sake of football and all neutrals to hope that Liverpool don’t qualify for Europe (unless it’s Kazakhstan on a Thursday night)"Mic replied: bob how old are you! did you get a 7th birthday card & do your parents know you are on the PC again? whatever age you are, grow up, remember city were also signatory to the SL so lets see what punishment the FA & PL decide to dish out to ALL teams, so dont count your chickens buddy1233More replies (13)downW

Comment posted by Wolsey, at 19:18 3 MayWolsey

19:18 3 MayLaughing at all the comments about money spoiling football. Where have you been for the last hundred years, its always been like that!194C

Reply posted by captain1995, at 19:46 3 Maycaptain1995

19:46 3 Mayto Wolsey"Laughing at all the comments about money spoiling football. Where have you been for the last hundred years, its always been like that!"captain1995 replied: Shhhh just carry on winding them up!61More replies (1)downB

Comment posted by blackswan, at 17:34 3 Mayblackswan

17:34 3 MayCity should approach their tie tomorrow with caution and clever play. You don’t have to go all guns blazing simply because your DNA or philosophy. Sometimes, it pays to be patient. If they can hold off PSG scoring in the first 15mins, City will go through. If they concede, it could be an interesting match for the neutral.172C

Reply posted by captain1995, at 19:40 3 Maycaptain1995

19:40 3 Mayto blackswan"City should approach their tie tomorrow with caution and clever play. You don’t have to go all guns blazing simply because your DNA or philosophy. Sometimes, it pays to be patient. If they can hold off PSG scoring in the first 15mins, City will go through. If they concede, it could be an interesting match for the neutral."captain1995 replied: It’s tough when you have a crying 5 year old falling over …just gets under your feet50More replies (1)downW

Comment posted by We are Fans not Customers, at 17:31 3 MayWe are Fans not Customers

17:31 3 MayGood Luck to both teams, I just hope City fans arnt expecting an easy ride because PSG can easilly turn this around and knock City out.153Removed commentMore replies (4)downT

Comment posted by Time Barred Skeleton, at 23:15 3 MayTime Barred Skeleton

23:15 3 Maybob/seymour etc etc
20:34
“City closing in on joint 2nd on the league titles list”

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Oh dear-
Closing in on joint 5th (FIFTH) on the League titles list with Aston Villa. (7)71More commentsBack to topunknown
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