Di Maria plots route to victory as he returns to Manchester

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Di Maria was a flop at Man Utd
Di Maria was a flop at Man Utd

Angel Di Maria is relishing his first return to Manchester since his disastrous spell in the Premier League came to an end - and he is confident of plotting Manchester City's demise in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday night.

Di Maria has been cast as the most expensive flop in English football history, after his £59.7m British record move to Manchester United in the summer of 2014 turned sour.

Now the Argentine winger is relishing his chance to silence some of his doubters in England, as PSG look to oust City from the Champions League after a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Paris last week.

"We need to play the way we know how - control the ball, attack and take the chances that come our way," stated Di Maria.

"That's how we've won our matches up until this point. It's our style. Our opponents use up a lot of energy chasing the ball and then we hit them where it hurts.

“It is easier knowing that we have to win to go through. We don’t have any other choice, even if we are up against a quality opponent. But I think by doing things the way we know how, we can win this match.”

Meanwhile, PSG boss Laurent Blanc has warned Manchester City that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is determined to shoot them down at the Etihad Stadium.

The prolific Ibrahimovic is the chief obstacle standing in City's way as they bid to reach the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Paris Saint-Germain.

Ibrahimovic had a mixed night in the first leg of their quarter-final in France last week, scoring and hitting the bar but also missing a penalty and spurning another good chance in the 2-2 draw.

The 34-year-old has had a fine season, netting 30 goals in Ligue 1 for the runaway champions. He is out of contract at the end of the campaign and has been linked with a move to England, most recently with City's rivals Manchester United.

"We're always a bit surprised when Zlatan misses a chance but when you're a top goalscorer like him, you can miss a couple," said Blanc.

"Unfortunately for us he missed them in that game. He still scored though and he's someone who is extremely demanding of himself.

"He wants to show something else tomorrow, he wants to be more clinical in front of goal. If we create as many chances as the first leg, I think his conversion rate will be a lot higher."

PSG showed plenty of attacking impetus at the Parc des Princes as they recovered from a goal down to take the lead and, when Ibrahimovic hit the woodwork, it seemed they would win convincingly.

But both sides were prone to errors and Fernandinho pounced on one from PSG to equalise and keep the tie alive.

Blanc, who could have midfielder Marco Verratti back after almost eight weeks out with a groin injury, knows improvements are necessary.

He said: "We've analysed the first game and looked at the errors we made. There was too wide a gap between players, we were not compact enough and opened too much space for City.

"When you think of the palyers they've got, particularly going forward, they can create problems for a lot of teams, not just us.

"We need to perform at the highest possible level, a higher level than the first game. PSG are capable of qualifying but we know how difficult it will be.

"I would still like us to create as many chances as we created last week because I am pretty sure we would score a fair few more."