Man City vs Paris Saint-Germain was ‘men against boys’ as Simon Jordan claims only Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea can stop Pep Guardiola’s side in Champions League

Only Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea can stop Manchester City winning a first ever Champions League, believes Simon Jordan.

The talkSPORT host was hugely impressed with City on Wednesday night as they claimed a 2-1 win in the first leg of their semi-final clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

City are in a great position to reach the Champions League final for the first time
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It puts Pep Guardiola’s men to within touching distance of the final, however, you can’t write off a side that has Neymar and Kylian Mbappe among their ranks.

But Jordan believes this tie is as good as done and expects City to become European champions, unless their FA Cup conquerors Chelsea can beat Real Madrid in the other semi.

“This is the Halcyon moment for them. This is the moment to put all the doubters to bed,” Jordan told talkSPORT.

“There’s only one thing that stops them in my view, Thomas Tuchel. His team could put a spoke in the wheel.”

Guardiola has achieved huge success at City but has always struggled to get over the line in Europe with them
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City fought back from 1-0 down to win as second-half goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez gave them a huge advantage ahead of the second leg at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

The Premier League champions-elect have been widely praised for the way they kept Mauricio Pochettino’s side at bay but this is no surprise to Jordan, who says City are at a different level to PSG in many senses.

“It’s not a case of PSG dropping their standards, it’s Man City, men and boys, a different level,” he added.

“A different level of coach to Pochettino, a different level of player, a different level of team and a different level of outlook and they didn’t give PSG a whiff in the second half.

Jordan believes you can’t compare Pochettino to Guardiola
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“When the big boys turned up in the second half, PSG weren’t even in the same zip code.

“Pochettino’s a very good coach, you can’t say he’s an elite coach because he hasn’t won anything. Elite coaches get put into the category of the Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Sir Alex Fergusons of the world.

“Like Brian Clough once said: ‘you pull out your history and say you can’t argue with that, there it is.’

“Pochettino has gone into a club that flatters to deceive by winning a piddly pot league in France with the greatest of respect and doesn’t operate at the level where the likes of Man City have operated – winning the hardest domestic league in the world, dominating with a style of football that people said couldn’t be done in this league.

“Man City were infinitely better than PSG on every single level for 45 minutes.”