PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN appear to be pulling out all the stops with a secret weapon as they plot a Champions League comeback against Manchester City.
Last season’s beaten finalists are in the North West ahead of their semi-final second leg clash with the Cityzens tonight.Sir Alex Ferguson was spotted paying a special visit to the Lowry Hotel this morning[/caption] The ex-Manchester United boss was believed to be visiting the PSG side[/caption] Mauricio Pochettino and his PSG side are staying at the Lowry ahead of tonight’s clash with Man City[/caption] Poch may have invited Fergie over for advice as he plots a remarkable comeback[/caption]
They trail 2-1 after losing in the French capital last week and will have to produce a remarkable turnaround at the Etihad to progress.
However, it appears PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino has called for some advice from the man who was in charge of one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history.
Legendary former Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, whose Red Devils scored twice to win the 1999 competition 2-1 against Bayern Munich, was spotted visiting the PSG team hotel this morning.
And photographers were on hand to snap the Scot, 79, entering the Lowry this morning before leaving one hour and twenty minutes later.
MEN claims the hotel has no other guests staying there due to the current coronavirus restrictions and is only hosting PSG’s squad and its staff.
There has been no official confirmation of the visit, but Fergie and Pochettino are known to have developed a warm relationship from the Argentine’s time in England with Southampton and Tottenham.
Ferguson, who masterminded 26 victories over City while in charge of United, has spoken glowingly about the 49-year-old on several occasions since he retired from the Old Trafford dug-out in 2013.
Their friendship continued to blossom after they famously shared a bite to eat over a bottle of red at a Mayfair restaurant.Ferguson spent around one hour and twenty minutes at the hotel earlier[/caption]
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Pochettino described the lunch as a ‘dream come true’ and referred to the iconic ex-United gaffer as a ‘very special person’.
And he also revealed that he paid for the meal after Ferguson challenged him to name Argentina’s goal scorers in the 1930 World Cup final win against Uruguay.
Whether or not Fergie’s visit will help inspire PSG to a second-successive final remains to be seen.
City lead 2-1 from the first leg courtesy of second-half goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez turned the scoreline on its head following Marquinhos’ opener.
The victor tonight will play the winners of Chelsea or Real Madrid in the final on Saturday 29 May.Sir Alex Ferguson spent just over an hour at the Lowry where PSG are staying[/caption] Ferguson masterminded United’s epic 1999 Champions League comeback success[/caption] Fergie and Poch have developed a strong friendship over recent years[/caption]
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