Record-breaking Thomas Tuchel undecided on PSG team to face Liverpool

Dani Alves and Neymar Junior

Marco Verratti expects Liverpool to present a different type of challenge for Paris Saint-Germain in Tuesday's Champions League opener.

"Neymar and I spoke on Thursday", Tuchel said when explaining his decision to leave him out of his starting XI.

Without his two star players, Tuchel gave Julian Draxler a start, a move that paid off as the German global put the hosts in front with a header in the 22nd minute after a long pass by Marco Verrati.

Julian Draxler, Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria were also on target in the absence of the banned Kylian Mbappe and rested Neymar as PSG moved six point clear of Dijon and Toulouse at the top of the standings before the rest of the weekend fixtures.

Mbappe was absent as he began a three-match ban handed down following his red card in the win at Nimes just before the worldwide break, and Neymar sat alongside him in the crowd, rested after playing for Brazil in a friendly in the United States in midweek. "It will be a big test for us, but we are confident".

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France's other Champions League contenders are Monaco, who face in-form Toulouse away on Saturday night before hosting Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

PSG will be shorthanded for the match, which perhaps opens the door to a surprise result at the Parc des Princes. Unfortunately, we did not manage to score. They are a team that is very good at home. They have experience in the Champions League as they reached the final last season.

"If we get out of this group, we will do so with greater confidence".

"Liverpool will enable us to measure ourselves a bit", the Belgium global said to Canal+. We can play with a bit more of a risk factor, perhaps. We lost too many easy balls and that gave our opponents solutions.

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