Thomas Tuchel: Neymar, Kylian Mbappe fit to face Liverpool

Paris Saint-Germain's German coach Thomas Tuchel reacts at the final whistle during the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS

Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel said his two star forwards in Neymar and Kylian Mbappe could be fit to face Liverpool in the Champions League.

The pair were injured on international duty and missed PSG’s 1-0 league victory over Toulouse but Tuchel said Saturday that he is hopeful they can both feature in what could prove to be a must-win tie for the French club against the Reds on Wednesday.

“They’re getting better every day, we have time before now and Wednesday. It’s good for us. I think they’ll be able to play,” the German told television programme Telefoot on TF1.

“I am more optimistic than [on Friday] about Neymar and Kylian, they will be able to train on Monday”. Then, about Dani Alves, the manager says, “In theory [Alves] would not play on Wednesday as he has just returned, but if you asked him he would tell you ‘Yes’. He has returned to the team and he could play a match of that level against Liverpool”

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PSG are on five points four rounds and mid-week wins for Jurgen Klopp’s side and second-placed Napoli would knock the French champions out at the group stage for the first since they made their return to Europe’s elite competition in 2012.

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