Manchester City will have to be at their best to progress to the Champions League final at Paris Saint-Germain’s expense.
And Lille captain Jose Fonte – who was part of the team which beat PSG 1-0 earlier this month – has advised the Premier League side on the best tactic to counter their Ligue 1 title rivals: Wind up Neymar!
Neymar protests his innocents after being sent off against Lille earlier this month[/caption]
The Brazilian superstar actually saw red in the closing stages of that aforementioned fixture after clashing with Lille defender Tiago Djalo – who was also given his marching orders for his part in the melee.
Fonte joined talkSPORT ahead of Wednesday night’s mouthwatering encounter – which is LIVE on the station – to offer his insight on playing against Neymar and co.
“He does indeed get very easily wound up. Although he got sent off quite late in the game, they were losing so he was he quite frustrated,” Fonte explained.
“I’m sure that you hope he has learned from his mistakes, but if you have a player that is quite good at winding up people then I think that could be quite a good tactic.
“If Neymar is not playing then it’s so much easier, so let’s see what happens tonight.”
Fonte is hoping to lead Lille to a sensational Ligue 1 triumph at PSG’s expense this season[/caption]
Mauricio Pochettino’s men are in serious danger of surrendering their Ligue 1 crown for the first time in four years, with Lille currently one point clear.
So how else could Pep Guardiola’s men exploit the Parc des Princes outfit in Paris?
“The way we did it was pressing them high. It was by playing together, defending in numbers and with a low block,” Fonte added.
“Everyone did a great job, the forwards and midfielders did extremely well to help. That was the only way to stop them – in our case.
“Then with the transition we were able to create a lot of good occasions, but it’s definitely a tough challenge and you’ve got to pay attention at all times – especially to them two [Kylian Mbappe and Neymar].”
PSG vs Man City is live on talkSPORT on Wednesday night, kick-off 8pm