Leipzig-PSG: in 4-3-3 with a defensive eleven?

“If you look at the list of those present, finding the eleven is not difficult.” This time, Thomas Tuchel is not sparing the suspense as to the players who will start the third match of the Champions League this Wednesday against RB Leipzig (9 p.m.), in Germany. Without Kylian Mbappé, Neymar, Marco Verratti, Mauro Icardi, Julian Draxler, all of whom remained in Paris, and Leandro Paredes, not able to start, the PSG coach should start in 4-3-3.

On the collective sessions worked on Monday at the Camp des Loges and this Tuesday on the lawn of the Red Bull Arena, the attacking trio will be composed of Pablo Sarabia, Moise Kean and Angel Di Maria. In the midfield, another trio: Captain Marquinhos, holder in front of the defense, would be surrounded by Ander Herrera and Idrissa Gueye. Rafinha, a more offensive solution, could have been an alternative. But Tuchel expects to “suffer” as he repeated at a press conference and therefore makes a more defensive choice at the start of this meeting.

During his last tactical set-up, the technician also repeated defensive drills and quick ball exits in transition. What to counter an RB Leipzig that he expects “higher on the ground” than this summer in the semi-final of the Champions League, won 3-0 quite easily by the Parisians.

As has been the case for three games, Danilo will take his place in central defense. He should be accompanied by Presnel Kimpembe in the axis and Alessandro Florenzi on the right and Layvin Kurzawa on the left.

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