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Man City vs PSG: I’m Prepared To Die On The Pitch Today – Neymar Vows

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Neymar has issued a rallying call to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) ahead of their 2020/2021 UEFA Champions League semi-final showdown with Manchester City today.

The Brazilian claimed he was ready to “die on the pitch”.

PSG slipped to a 2-1 defeat in last week’s first leg at Parc des Princes, with Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez overturning Marquinhos’ first-half opener.

An impressive opening to the contest from Mauricio Pochettino’s men subsided, with Manchester City exerting almost complete control on proceedings after the interval.

Neymar cut an increasingly isolated figure, while attacking partner Kylian Mbappe failed to attempt a single shot after starting a match for the first time in his Champions League career.

The world’s most expensive player is aware of the tall task that awaits at the Etihad Stadium.

But he has not given up hope of last season’s beaten finalists returning to the showpiece.

“We have a very difficult match against Manchester City, but we have to believe, no matter what the stats or our percentage chance of winning is,” Neymar told PSG’s in-house channel.

“I think that every Parisian has to believe in us. I’ll be the first to do so.

“I’m on the front line and I’ll be the first warrior to go into battle for the team.

“I’m going to give the best of myself and I’ll do everything I can to qualify, whatever happens.”

With a chuckle, he added: “Even if I have to die on the pitch.”

The stats Neymar alludes to certainly do not make for comfortable reading for those of a PSG persuasion.

There have been 47 previous instances of English clubs winning the first leg of Champions League or European Cup tie away from home.

On each occasion, they have progressed.

Manchester City have won each of their past six UEFA Champions League matches and have 10 out of 11 victories this season.

A goalless draw at FC Porto was the only blemish.

A seventh win would edge Pep Guardiola’s men ahead of Manchester United (1965 and 1966), Leeds United (1969 and 1970) and Arsenal (2005).

It will make them the outright English record-holders for the longest winning run in Europe’s premier club tournament.

PSG have played Manchester City four times in European competitions and are yet to beat the Manchester side.

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Alisson Last-Minute Header Keeps Liverpool Champions League Hopes Alive

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Liverpool keeper Alisson scored a last-gasp goal to keep his side’s Champions League hopes alive.

Liverpool were drawing 1-1 with West Brom when they won a corner with just minutes left on the clock.

Alisson went forward for the set-piece and joined the Liverpool strikers in the box.

The Brazilian then leaped the highest and headed home to secure the three points for Liverpool.

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Liverpool, Barcelona Target Sevilla Prospect, Alfonso Pastor

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Liverpool are watching Sevilla prospect Alfonso Pastor.

The young goalkeeper is in contract talks with Sevilla, with Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid all watching developments, says AS.

With his deal to expire at the end of next month, Pastor is fielding interest from major clubs at home and abroad.

Sevilla management are desperate not to lose the 20 year-old, who they see as a future long-term No1.

Pastor made his Champions League debut this season against Chelsea.

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Europa League Final Goalkeeper A Difficult Call – Man Utd Boss, Solskjaer

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says nothing is decided over their Europa League final goalkeeper.

Both goalkeepers have started four of United’s eight knockout fixtures in the Europa League, but Dean Henderson has emerged as No. 1 in the Premier League recently, with David De Gea relegated to Cup duty.

“I think there’s loads of difficult calls to make, the whole squad has contributed so much,” said Solskjaer ahead of their final against Villarreal.

“It’s probably a different scenario with the keepers than it’s normally been because they’ve shared I don’t know how many games, close to 60 and both of them are in and around the 30 mark and both have done really well so it will be a difficult call of course. But I will have to make two or three other difficult calls as well.”

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