Key duo have won their battle to be fit for the vital European contest in France, according to Thomas Tuchel
Paris Saint-Germain superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are fit to face Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday evening – live on talkSPORT, head coach Thomas Tuchel has confirmed.
Neymar and Mbappe were both injured during the last international break with the Brazilian forced off with a groin injury during Brazil’s 1-0 victory over Cameroon in Milton Keynes, while the French wonderkid sustained a shoulder injury landing awkwardly during in their 1-0 win over Uruguay.
But Tuchel revealed both will be available and told a press conference: “Neymar is 100 per cent fit, as is Mbappe, and they will be in the line-up tomorrow.”
Even though he has his own impressive forwards, the German is also wary of Liverpool’s attacking options.
“We need to defend well against (Sadio) Mane, (Mohamed) Salah and (Roberto) Firmino,” Tuchel said.
“Firmino may play any position in attack so we have to adapt. What is key for us is to play with confidence and we play to win. A key thing for us is to pass the ball very fast and make swift decisions.”
Tuchel insists his side, third in Group B, a point adrift of the Reds and Napoli, are ready for the challenge against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
He said: “This is a challenge because Liverpool are one of the greatest teams in Europe. I think we are ready. If they [Neymar and Mbappe] were not fit they could not play, but they have trained and not complained.
“There are still big steps for us and we have to make a big step tomorrow. Liverpool play as a team in every single game and you can see the influence of Jurgen.
“There is a possibility we don’t win, but it is very important tomorrow we focus on winning. The bigger the game, the bigger the pressure, the more important is the focus.”