One man could be absolutely essential for Manchester City tonight
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One man could be absolutely essential for Manchester City tonight

Manchester City are in the French capital ready to take on Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

It’s a first last-four clash in the competition for Pep Guardiola since taking over in 2016, and hopes are extremely high for fans, as are the nerves.

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Standing in the way of a first ever Champions League final are a PSG side with a lot of very good players, and two standouts.

Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are undoubtedly the biggest threats for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and their performances could be key in deciding which way the tie goes.

Mbappe’s pace has the potential to be a massive concern.

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As fantastic as Ruben Dias and John Stones have been this season, they both do lack a turn of pace.

That’s why it’s a massive night for one City star in particular.

It would be a major surprise if Kyle Walker did not start tonight’s game at the Parc des Princes purely to keep 22-year-old superstar Mbappe in check.

Walker has to be on it

There are very few players in football that can match Mbappe for sheer speed, but Walker is probably one such player.

He’ll be 31 next month, but Walker’s physicality remains at an impressively high level.

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Luckily for City, he still has that searing pace, which often bails him out of sticky situations.

Mbappe is the king of creating sticky situations for defenders, and so Walker, really, is the best counter for the Monaco man.

Walker can’t give him absolutely anything, or the team risks being punished.

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