Manchester City right-back Bacary Sagna has backed compatriot Eliaquim Mangala to shine against Paris-Saint Germain in the absence of Vincent Kompany.
Sagna backs Mangala for City v PSG in Kompany absence
Bacary Sagna believes fellow France international Eliaquim Mangala can help Manchester City to victory over PSG, with Vincent Kompany out.
Club captain Kompany appeared set to give boss Manuel Pellegrini a fitness boost for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final, which is poised at 2-2 following last-week's first leg at the Parc des Princes, when he returned to training ahead of schedule from his latest calf injury.
But Pellegrini told a pre-match news conference Kompany was "not 100 per cent" fit, meaning Sagna's fellow France international Mangala is expected to line up alongside Nicolas Otamendi at centre-back – the Argentina defender having been passed fit despite suffering a twisted ankle during Saturday's 2-1 win over West Brom.
Inconsistent performances and some high-profile errors have undermined Mangala's City career since he joined from Porto in August 2014, although Sagna believes the 25-year-old can show his quality against PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic-led attack.
"Vincent is our captain and a quality player," he told a pre-match news conference. "But Mangala has been strong in recent games so, with or without [Kompany], we have a good team.
"We need to remain as focused as in the last game. We are confident we can qualify but we need a good performance.
"PSG are a strong team, they have been [Ligue 1] champions for a few weeks. They have quality players and can be dangerous, but we must focus on our team."
Sagna added: "To qualify would be amazing. I know Paris are going to come here to give us problems but I'm sure we can do it again.
"We had never reached the quarters before and we have a chance to reach the semis, which is important for the club."