Angel Di Maria says Paris Saint-Germain must aim to hit Manchester City ‘where it hurts’ in their Champions League quarter-final second leg at the Etihad Stadium.
The Premier League side emerged from the Parc des Princes clash with a credible 2-2 draw last week, leaving City bullish ahead of the second leg on home soil.
Di Maria, returning to Manchester for the first time since his ill-fated 12-month stint at Manchester United, is confident that PSG have the game to upset Manuel Pellegrini’s team.
PSG are looking to make the last four in Europe’s elite club competition for the first time since 1995 while City have never before reached the semi-final stage of the Champions League.
Despite playing away from home, Di Maria wants PSG to control the tempo of the game and dominate possession.
“We need to play the way we know how – control the ball, attack and take the chances that come our way,” he told the Ligue 1 club’s official website.
“That’s how we’ve won our matches up until this point. It’s our style. Our opponents use up a lot of energy chasing the ball and then we hit them where it hurts.”
PSG will be boosted by the news that City captain Vincent Kompany has failed in his bid to regain fitness in time for the game.
Meanwhile, PSG skipper Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be determined to impress on English soil as the Swede eyes a potential Premier League move this summer.
City are 2.88 to win the second leg at the Etihad, while PSG are 2.38 and the draw is 3.60.