PSG vs RB Leipzig
Venue: Estadio da Luiz
Betting Odds: PSG 1.72 ; Draw 4.20 ; RB Leipzig 4.33
Probability of Win: PSG 57%; Draw 22% ; RB Leipzig 21%
- RB Leipzig have won their last 3 matches (Champions League).
- RB Leipzig have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches (Champions League).
- PSG have won their last 5 matches in all competitions and they kept four clean sheets during that run.
Predicted XI: Rico; Kehrer, Thiago Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat; Di María, Marquinhos, Paredes, Neymar; Mbappé, Icardi
Doubtful: Gueye (muscular), Verratti (calf), Kurzawa (thigh)
Unavailable: Navas (thigh)
PSG take on RB Leipzig in the semi-finals of the Champions League this week and they will be looking to book their place in the finals of the competition with a win.
On paper, the French giants are the better team and they will be favourites to win. They have world-class players like Neymar and Mbappe and Leipzig will have to be at their best defensively.
We are here because we deserve it. We played a great season and worked so hard, took every match seriously. We won’t talk about the past – only the present. We’re hungry for success, to succeed. We want to make the hard work we have put in pay off. [Leipzig] press high, they are courageous, a young, fast team – like Atalanta were. We have our style, they have theirs.Thomas Tuchel, Paris Saint-Germain Manager
Predicted XI: Gulácsi; Klostermann, Upamecano, Halstenberg; Laimer, Kampl, Sabitzer, Angeliño; Olmo, Poulsen, Nkunku
Unavailable: Konaté (hip)
That said, the German side managed to eliminate heavyweights Atletico Madrid in the last round and they cannot be underestimated. They have some quality young players like Upamecano and Sabitzer who could make a big difference.
Also, the German side have one of the best young managers in the world in Julian Nagelsmann. The German outsmarted Simeone tactically and he is capable of doing the same to Tuchel.
We didn’t really play the kind of football we wanted to after the restart. The players really have the will to win, we are hungry and I can see that in their faces. We want to take the next step and are ready. You can’t foresee what Neymar and Mbappé could do, they’re top players. We will need to defend them as a team. It’ll be difficult but we need to make them work and put them under pressure. Football is interesting when both sides like to attack.Julian Nagelsmann, RB Leipzig Manager
It will be interesting to see who comes out on top here. This should be a cracking contest between two attack-minded teams.