PSG need tonight’s win to Liverpool will, after five days not disabled for the next round in the Champions League. Thomas Meunier is already not all: the right rear is not even in the selection and missing “for personal reasons”.
On the edge of the box
14 matches played, 14 won. Average 3.3 goals per game. And already 15 points ahead at the second. PSG moves by the French league. And yet, tonight, already on day 5 of the group stage off in the Champions League.
PSG should fear a shutdown in the group stage, who knows, even tonight. Because if it will lose to Liverpool and also Napoli wins its game, then the Champions League already for the billionaires of PSG. It would be a blamage. “How is that difference explained? We have the apparently difficult to physically and mentally to switch,” said coach Thomas Tuchel. “People say sometimes that it’s too easy for us in Ligue 1, but we should the fault not lay with the opponents in France. We need to make sure that we are ready.”
For years, a lot goes wrong on the kampioenenbal for PSG. The quarter-finals, further hit in the last five seasons never. In 2016, stumbled on Manchester City, a year later, there was the famous remontada of Barcelona in the 1/8th finals and also last year was in the 1/8th finals eliminated by Real Madrid, the eventual winner. But now threatens to cause an even bigger drama. “Or I afraid? No. But I do feel the pressure,” said Tuchel. “It’s an important evening. A decisive evening.”
Neymar and Mbappé restored
Tuchel can certainly count on his goudhaantjes Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. They were both injured, back from their international matches and missed the match last weekend against Toulouse, but now they are ready. “They feel good, they have the full training involved, and they will both be in the basis”, announced Tuchel. And he will use them, because in the heenwedstrijd went to PSG still 3-2 down. “Liverpool is one of the strongest teams of Europe. They played last year the final of the Champions League. That says enough. But we must have that field go to win. We should not think of what can happen if we lose.” (gegy, vml)