They still would not have won anything but in the Champions League of Meritocracy, they would not be far from the trophy. After having escaped at the head of a group made up of the next two dolphins from Germany and England - Leipzig and Manchester United -, after having eliminated Barcelona and then Bayern Munich, pushing into the ravine Manchester City would become an immense feat, with congratulations from the jury and guard of honor. At the end of the day, the final would already have the taste of paradise, a golden destiny and the conviction that this PSG has no limits. He would meet on May 29 in Istanbul at the Place de l'Étoile, the one that is won on the evenings of conquest.
Let's be clear: this case is badly embarked after his defeat last Wednesday at the Parc des Princes (1-2) by conceding two not very serious goals.
In order not to have had the consistency of its ideas, its physical and mental resources, in a collapse that it was believed to be out of fashion, the capital club must win at the Etihad Stadium to aim for the last step in Turkey.
1-0 would not be enough.
The idea is to stack the goals and the hope won't start with less than two.
But it's a take-off board.
With three or four planted to Pep Guardiola's men, no one would complain.
Dreaming is free, but in real life, it can be expensive.
Paris must wrap the match, drive it crazy
Paris is advancing on this ridge line, on this thread which is not only that of Foden, towards an uncertain and burning future. At kick-off, City is qualified and the task seems impossible for Paris with its Kylian Mbappé on two legs but only one calf certified champion.
However, the harder it is, the more PSG love. It's his story to always reverse what could not be and to move forward, especially this season. He recovered from a 3rd place in the group before the return matches, from life without Neymar and Di Maria against Barcelona, from another without his Italians Florenzi and Verratti affected by the virus against Bayern Munich. And he remains in the race for the national title despite eight normally crippling defeats. In short, if PSG does not always form the best team, here as in Europe, it tears itself away from its shortcomings by a form of heroism that a few brilliant boys come to shed light on.
They didn't find the switch on the way, but it's time to reconnect with the light on Tuesday night.
And wrap the game up, driving him crazy.
Who will be the Lucas of PSG in Manchester, this man who emerged from the night in May 2019 to stick a providential hat-trick with Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham during a stunning match in Amsterdam?
It's an evening imagining a life that we had not planned, not seen coming, caressed without daring to believe it.
It would be a life where PSG would have postponed the curfew hour on its European ambitions, reopened the field of possibilities and, while waiting to converse with Real Madrid or Chelsea, could settle on the terrace, with a view of the new world.