PSG ready to risk ‘unfit’ Neymar in key Champions League clash

PSG ready to risk ‘unfit’ Neymar in key Champions League clash

Neymar's lawyers would have demanded that Barcelona pay the Brazilian 44 million euros in the latest chapter of the legal battle between the two parties.

Paris Saint-Germain have to take a calculated risk with Neymar when it comes to Champions League competition, with Thomas Tuchel preparing to start the Brazilian against RB Leipzig.

Last season’s defeated finalists are aware that they need to get a positive result from their last European outing to keep the continental dreams alive for 2020-21.

With plenty of rest on a visit from the German opposition on Tuesday, Tuchel is prepared to roll the dice and that means including Neymar early on despite the 28-year-old not being fit for the match, with just 30 minutes. action taken by the South American since October 28.

“We need him to play, he needs to be on the pitch,” Tuchel told reporters when asked about his plans.

“He has the quality and the experience. He is a key player for us.

“He is not in the best physical condition, but he will start tomorrow. You can handle this type of game physically and mentally.

“However, I hope we are not too focused on him. I hope we can help him and that he is not alone. “

Kylian Mbappé is one of those that PSG will look for inspiration alongside Neymar.

The World Cup champion remains a talismanic presence with 99 goals for the club to his name, but he has not found the goal in a Champions League match since December 2019.

When asked if that record puts additional pressure on the 21-year-old forward, Tuchel said: “Of course. If Neymar or Kylian don’t score, it hits us. I hope they score tomorrow.

“We need the goals from Kylian. I can tell you are doing everything you can to be decisive.

“He played with the France team. Against Monaco, he scored two goals. Now is the time for him, like Ney, to be decisive again ”.

With goals a must for PSG as they rank third in Group H mid-stage, Tuchel says he may be tempted to play with his formation and attack more, although Mauro Icardi has been scrapped from his plans. .

“Of course, it’s a possibility,” said a man tasked with delivering more important honors in Paris.

“We want to win, it is a final in the group. I absolutely want us to have more courage to score than fear of having problems defensively. It will take courage to score, it is a possibility.

“We have to find two players in the middle capable of making the effort if we play 4-4-2. But it is also possible that we play 4-3-3. We use it both in Leipzig and in the quarterfinals [last season]. There are two possibilities, we will wait to see who is available ”.

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