“It is a truth, not an opinion, that we’re a piece in progress. There must be some frequent sense. That shouldn’t be up for debate,” Pochettino mentioned at Monday’s pre-game press convention in Paris.

PSG have been broadly criticised for his or her efficiency in drawing their opening Champions League Group A match away to Club Brugge in Belgium a fortnight in the past whereas City trounced RB Leipzig 6-3.

That means failure to beat Pep Guardiola’s crew on the Parc des Princes on Tuesday will put them in a probably difficult place, a minimum of in terms of advancing high of their group.

City beat PSG within the semi-finals final season earlier than shedding to Chelsea within the remaining.

“We can be enjoying towards Manchester City who’ve in my view the most effective coach on this planet in Pep Guardiola,” mentioned Pochettino.

“They are additionally constructing and their dream can also be to win the Champions League — it’s by no means an obligation as a result of there are 10 or 12, possibly even 15 groups, making an attempt to do the identical factor.

“It is a dream for us too. This membership is 50 years previous and has at all times been trying to set up itself as the most effective in Europe however it’s a course of that wants endurance, time and funding.

“Manchester City are far forward of us within the course of, however it is a recreation of soccer and something can occur.”

Messi is anticipated to return to the aspect after sitting out PSG’s final two matches in Ligue 1 with a minor knee drawback.

Italian playmaker Marco Verratti may additionally return after nearly a month out, however Angel Di Maria remains to be suspended following his sending-off in final season’s semi-final.

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