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CHRIS SUTTON: Pep Guardiola MUST let Manchester City midfield star Phil Foden off the leash against Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League semi-final second leg City were much more influential in the second half of their first leg against PSG  That is because their wingers cut inside and the full-backs could join in attacks Guardiola must be positive, proactive and play City's game to reach the final 

By Chris Sutton for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:30 BST, 3 May 2021 | Updated: 23:34 BST, 3 May 2021

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Manchester City were so much more influential after half-time last week and that was because of Pep Guardiola's tactical tweaks. 

In the first half, City's wingers, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez, were so wide that they probably walked in with white chalk on their boots. This in turn saw the full backs, Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker, sitting further back than usual, as protection in case of any Paris Saint-Germain counter-attacks.

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It was overly cautious, and that isn't a characteristic we'd associate with Guardiola. But it changed in the second half. Foden was moving inside more and Cancelo, later replaced by Oleksandr Zinchenko, was joining attacks. This helped City control the game more and they became better at winning the ball back, hunting in packs. 

Manchester City were much more positive in the second half vs Paris Saint-Germain last week

Manchester City were much more positive in the second half vs Paris Saint-Germain last week

Wingers Phil Foden (above) and Riyad Mahrez cut inside more, causing more positive City play

Wingers Phil Foden (above) and Riyad Mahrez cut inside more, causing more positive City play

How Guardiola's change freed up Phil Foden

How Guardiola's change freed up Phil Foden

Their possession rose from 53 per cent in

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