Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel asked his team to show combined strength to cover up the absence of their starting players Kylian Mbappe and Neymar when they face RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Mbappe was substituted in the 74th-minute from PSG’s 3-0 victory over Nantes on Saturday in the French league but coach Tuchel said it was just a precautionary measure ahead of the trip to Germany.
However, the club made a statement on Tuesday regarding Mbappe’s status, “After going off during the game against Nantes with a right hamstring problem, Mbappe’s not available for the trip to Germany and the situation will be reassessed in 48 hours.”
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PSG will pay a visit to the German side RB Leipzig, after an opening defeat to Manchester United at the Parc des Princes and an away win at Istanbul Basaksehir, without their two top strikers as well as forward Mauro Icardi as they have been hit by a string of injuries. Marco Verratti and Julian Draxler are also expected to miss out.
“We’re missing several key players. We’re not happy about it but we’re not sad either. We’re going to try to cope without them and play as a team,” Tuchel told a news conference.
“We’ll try to make more efforts as a team, with a better collective mindset. We have to grow together in this situation. We’re going to find a starting 11 and we’re going to have to show that we can fight together. It’s necessary.”
Angel Di Maria is expected to start alongside Pablo Sarabia and Moise Kean, who has scored four goals in his last two appearances.
The Ligue 1 champions are second on goal difference in Group H and on top of third-place Leipzig after two matches.