RB Leipzig and PSG meet in the Champions League on Wednesday at 8pm for the first time since their semi-final encounter last season.
Less than three months ago compatriots Julian Nagelsmann and Thomas Tuchel locked horns in Portugal for a place in the Champions League final.
Tuchel got the better of his fellow countryman on the day, with the Parisians running out 3-0 victors, setting up a meeting with Bayern Munich in the showpiece, which the Bavarians ultimately triumphed in.
Since then it’s been a nervy few months for PSG. A dismal start to Ligue 1 has since been recovered, but a 2-0 reversal against early Group H leaders Manchester United has highlighted a few issues in Tuchel’s squad, and Nagelsmann will be determined to seize on those shortcomings.
That said, those same flaws plagued Die Roten Bullen in their clash with Man Utd, losing 5-0 to the English giants. Domestically it has been more convincing for the Saxony-based club, with just the single defeat so far but that came at the weekend to Borussia Monchengladbach.
Who will come out on top in this repeat of last season’s semi-final?
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RB Leipzig & PSG’s previous line-ups:
- RB Leipzig (vs Monchengladbach): Gulacsi; Henrichs, Orban, Upamecano, Tasende; Kampl, Olmo, Sabitzer, Samardzic; Sorloth, Poulsen.
- PSG (vs Nantes): Navas; Dagba, Pereira, Diallo, Bakker; Gueye, Rafinha, Herrera; Mbappe*, Sarabia, Kean.
Marcel Halstenberg, Fabrice Hartmann, Lucas Klostermann and Konrad Laimer remain sidelined for Leipzig, while PSG have a much more concerning casualty list. Tuchel is unable to call upon the services of Mauro Icardi, Leandro Paredes, Marco Verratti, Julian Draxler, Neymar, Juan Bernat and Kylian Mbappe.
Players to watch:
- RB Leipzig: Nagelsmann’s team were ripped apart the last time these sides met, and so a bit of composure and balance will be needed to avoid a repeat of that capitulation. Kevin Kampl will be essential to that task of bringing a semblance of control to the middle of the park, functioning once more as the club’s metronomic presence in midfield. So far, he has completed 66 of his 67 passes in this season’s Champions League (98.5%), the best ratio of any of the 299 players to attempt at least 50 passes this season, while he is yet to misplace any of his 28 passes in the opposition half.
- PSG: With a long list of absentees Tuchel will be looking for answers away from usual protagonists Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Marco Verratti in midfield. He has been without Angel Di Maria in Ligue 1, but not because of injury. The Argentine has been suspended owing to his involvement in an on-field altercation during the Marseille defeat. As such, Tuchel has been without his key creator in the past three domestic games, but he can call upon the wing wizard here. Di Maria was Leipzig’s nemesis in the August encounter, involving himself in all three of his side’s goals, scoring once and providing an assist for both Marquinhos and Juan Bernat.