Lineup Prediction: Expect Di Maria, Mbappé, and Neymar to Start Against Leipzig in Champions League

Matchday is finally here and Paris Saint-Germain supporters are no doubt starting to feel anxious with a trip to the UEFA Champions League final just one game away. All that stands in the way is RB Leipzig.

PSG narrowly escaped Atalanta in the quarter-finals with a stoppage-time goal from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting but they can ill-afford to leave it late again against one of the Bundesliga’s most exciting teams full of talented young players.

Working in manager Thomas Tuchel’s favor is the improved health of Kylian Mbappé who could only play 30 minutes against Atalanta. Marco Verratti didn’t play at all due to a muscle injury but he has returned to training and could feature against Leipzig. Thiago Silva was also in training after an injury scare and Angel Di Maria returns from suspension.

Unfortunately, Tuchel won’t have a full squad available and one of the most important players will be watching from the sideline. Goalkeeper Keylor Navas suffered a thigh injury against Atalanta that will keep him out of the starting lineup.

With all of those updates in mind, here is who I believe Tuchel will start against Leipzig:

Formation: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper: Sergio Rico

Defense: Juan Bernat, Presnel Kimpembe, Thiago Silva, Thilo Kehrer

Midfielder: Marquinhos, Marco Verratti, Leandro Paredes

Forwards: Kylian Mbappé, Neymar Jr., Angel Di Maria

In Verratti and Paredes, there’s plenty of creativity in the midfield and Marquinhos should be able to slow down the Timo Werner-less Leipzig attack. Ahead of them, the three-headed monster of Mbappé, Neymar, and Di Maria will give Leipzig’s defense fits.

Overall, the squad is about as good as it gets at this point in the season and with Icardi, Pablo Sarabia, and yes, Choupo-Moting on the bench, Tuchel has options should PSG need a goal late.

Ultimately, PSG will win this game if the superstar duo of Mbappé and Neymar can create goal-scoring opportunities and more importantly, finish their chances. Marquinhos, Silva, and Kimpembe will be tasked with protecting Rico so something like this doesn’t happen.

My prediction? I’ll go with 2-1 to PSG with goals from Mbappé and Neymar.

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Tags Angel Di Maria Champions League Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting Juan Bernat Keylor Navas Kylian Mbappé Leandro Paredes Marco Verratti Marquinhos Mauro Icardi Neymar Pablo Sarabia Presnel Kimpembe RB Leipzig Sergio Rico Thiago Silva Thomas Tuchel


  1. If we scored first then the score line for me is 3/0 if they score first then it will be 2/1 or 3/1 one thing is sure we will not concede more than one

    Maybe verratti will givevchim more time will be better if needed he can play in second half like mbappe did against Atalanta we need fully fit verratti in finals

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