Man City vs PSG: Kylian Mbappe will play despite injury concern, insists Pep Guardiola

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 (AP)
(AP)

Pep Guardiola fully expects Kylian Mbappe to play, amid fears over the PSG forward's fitness, as Manchester City look to reach their first ever Champions League final.

Mbappe sat out PSG’s 2-1 win against Lens on Saturday due to a calf problem but has been included in their matchday squad for Tuesday's semi-final second leg.

Guardiola said: "He is going to play, and I am looking forward to him playing, for the football and the game itself."

Regarding his own team, Guardiola has no intention of sitting back despite holding a 2-1 advantage from the first leg in Paris.

Guardiola said: "It is a privilege to be here. For most of us in this club it is the first time and we are going to do a good game. What we have to do is win the game and after we will see what happens."

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

The Spaniard has often been accused of over-thinking matters in the past but he insists his message to his players is a simple one.

He said: "We arrive in a good moment and I said to the guys, 'Don't think too much to win the game'. It's like we have done many times this season.

"It is the same message of the last six or seven months. We approach this game like another game. We start with a small advantage but we have to play to win the game. This is all we are going to do."

Additional reporting by Press Association.

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