Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

PSG make light of Mbappe, Neymar absence in Parc stroll

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Cary Erickson | 16 September, 2018, 15:59

Thomas Tuchel says Paris Saint-Germain's 4-0 win over St. Etienne was a good rehearsal for Tuesday's Champions League clash with Liverpool at Anfield.

"Neymar and I spoke on Thursday", Tuchel said when explaining his decision to leave him out of his starting XI. "Together, we decided that he would not play", Tuchel said.

Mbappe was absent as he began a three-match ban handed down following his red card in the win at Nimes just before the worldwide break, and Neymar sat alongside him in the crowd, rested after playing for Brazil in a friendly in the United States in midweek.

Edinson Cavani made it 2-0 in the 51st after being fouled in the area for his third goal this season, and Angel Di Maria added the third near the end with a powerful left-footed shot from a tight angle. Today we were without Neymar and Kylian and I'm happy to have used players that were here during the global break.

And Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will put out his strongest side for today's Premier League game against title rivals Tottenham at Wembley (12.30pm). "However, I say that whether we play in Nimes, or Guingamp, or at home to Saint-Etienne, every game is hard".

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The game plan was to play low and counter in the first half.

"We knew PSG were stronger than us but four goals are expensive".

It was good for our confidence ahead of Tuesday's match at Anfield against Liverpool. "It will be a big test for us, but we are confident".

PSG will be shorthanded for the match, which perhaps opens the door to a surprise result at the Parc des Princes. Julian managed to score a great goal, because my pass was not that great - it was really impressive. "Liverpool will reveal something but most importantly it will give us a better idea of our situation".