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final four Virgin Media Sport's Tommy Martin gives his verdict on PSG v Man City


Tommy Martin host Virgin Media Sport's Champions League coverage

Tommy Martin host Virgin Media Sport's Champions League coverage

Tommy Martin host Virgin Media Sport's Champions League coverage

It's down to the final four in the Champions League and Virgin Media Sport host Tommy Martin has give sundayworld.com his exclusive verdict on PSG v Manchester City.


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When the dastardly dozen were cooking up their ham-fisted Super League plans, this is exactly the type of game they had in mind. Imagine the filthy lucre that could be earned by lining up Mbappe and Neymar to take on De Bruyne, Foden and co. three or four times a year?

Of course, the very fact that ties such don’t come along every week is what makes them special. What’s rare is wonderful and most football fans expect this tie to be just that. The teams haven’t met in the Champions League since the 2015-16 quarter-final, when City knocked out PSG on the way to their only appearance in a semi-final.

There are just so many fascinating angles to this one. There will be much talk about the influence both clubs’ ownerships have had on the game since they invested in what were two slumbering giants. Not only have Qatar and Abu Dhabi transformed the fortunes of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, they have changed the game itself, detonating an explosion in wages and transfer fees that played a big part in the crazy events of the past week.

Expect a lot of discussion about ‘sportswashing’ too – many feel this tie represents the high point of efforts by the two Gulf states to distract from human rights abuses back home. They’re betting you will too wrapped up in the excitement to think about the reported 6,500 migrant workers who have died in Qatar since they won the rights to the 2022 World Cup.

And that’s the thing: for anyone who loves the game, it will be hard not to get swept away in it all.

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