Herrera Could Start Against Atalanta in Champions League Quarter-Final

The speculation is mounting towards just who will be selected by manager Thomas Tuchel to start against Atalanta in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League quarterfinal. With Paris Saint-Germain dealing with injuries to Kylian Mbappe, Marco Verratti and Layvin Kurzawa, Tuchel will surely roll out a starting 11 not used before in this season’s tournament. And he may elect to include one veteran midfielder.

Ander Herrera was a full participant in Sunday’s training session with PSG. In the team’s first session of the day, Tuchel selected Herrera to play out in the midfield instead of Leandro Paredes, according to Le Parisien. Tuchel also picked Marquinhos to play in the midfield trio.

Overall, the team lined up in a 4-3-3 setup with Pablo Sarabia, Mauro Icardi and Neymar patrolling upfront.

Herrera’s recent performances over the past month could signal to Tuchel that he is the player most ready to help contain Atalanta’s likely double-pivot midfield.

Tuchel has not formally announced his decision on either the formation or whether Verratti will be available. Still, it will be a storyline to watch on just what the German manager will decide to do in regards to midfield selection and tactics come Wednesday.

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Tags Ander Herrera Atalanta Champions League Leandro Paredes Marco Verratti Marquinhos Thomas Tuchel