Thomas Tuchel left Kylian Mbappe and Neymar out of the squad that beat Saint-Etienne 4-0 on Friday – but the star men appeared all the better for it in this morning’s training. The French champions held a final training session in Paris before heading to Merseyside for tomorrow’s clash against last season’s runners up Liverpool
Paris Saint-Germain have held one last training session in France before they travel to Liverpool for their hotly anticipated Champions League clash at Anfield.
Europe’s elite club competition is of high priority to the French champions. They have not passed the quarter-final stage since they were bought by Qatar Sports Investements in 2011 and had hundreds of millions ploughed into the squad.
The importance of the match at one of Europe’s most challenging venues was underlined by PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi visiting the team to wish them well before travelling to Merseyside on Monday.
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe were in a jovial mood as Paris Saint-Germain get set for Liverpool
Neymar and Mbappe were rested in PSG’s 4-0 victory over Saint-Etienne on Friday
Mbappe and his side were training in France before heading to Merseyside later on Monday
Neymar should be fresh and fully fit to take on Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel rested both Kylian Mbappe and Neymar as his side recorded a 4-0 victory over Saint-Etienne on Friday in Ligue 1 in order to maximise his chances of getting their Group C campaign off to a winning start.
The strikers looked in high spirits as they played a full part in Monday’s training session and were seen joking around together as they warmed up.
Liverpool were runners-up in the tournament last season, losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in the final.
While Neymar and Mbappe are the standout names of PSG’s squad, Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani is expected to line up alongside them in a three-pronged attack.
Mbappe and Neymar are tasked with leading PSG beyond the quarter-final stage this season
Neymar greets PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi after Monday’s training session
Mbappe was also on hand for a chat with the club president before leaving for England
Former Manchester United attacker Angel Di Maria is another threat Jurgen Klopp’s team will have to combat at Anfield.
Cavani and Di Maria were both on Friday’s scoresheet for PSG, alongside Julian Draxler and Moussa Diaby.
And for PSG boss Tuchel, he will be looking to avenge his last outing at Anfield from 2016, when he was Borussia Dortmund manager.
A stoppage time goal from Dejan Lovren completed a sensational Liverpool comeback to defeat Dortmund 4-3 and reach the semi-final of the Europa League.
Edinson Cavani scored against Saint-Etienne and is expected to line up at Anfield on Tuesday
PSG keeper Gianluigi Buffon is gearing up for his first Champions League game at his new club
Mbappe enjoys a moment out of training with team-mate and defender Presnel Kimpembe
Tuchel, who replaced Unai Emery as PSG boss in the summer, was given huge backing by Al-Khelaifi ahead of the group tie.
‘Paris has the players and the coach to do something there (Anfield),’ Al-Khelaifi told Telefoot. ‘We have the best coach in the world.’
Napoli and Red Star Belgrade are the other two sides in Group C.