PSG coach Thomas Tuchel has chosen Ander Herrera to replace injured Marco Verratti in the starting team that faces Atalanta Bergamo on Wednesday night in Lisbon in a Champions League quarter that Kylian Mbappé will start on the bench.
Victim of a sprain on July 24, the French striker is present on the scoresheet. Injured to an ankle during the final of the Coupe de France against Saint-Etienne on July 24 (1-0), "KM" was engaged in a time trial to be restored for the "Final 8".
Tuchel had warned Tuesday that his star scorer would be in the team "if he did a good training Tuesday night and nothing extraordinary happened on Wednesday". He can therefore bring it in during the game, if necessary.
According to the official lineup provided by UEFA, the German technician opted for a 4-3-3, with Idrissa Gueye, Marquinhos and Ander Herrera in the midfield, who is enjoying his first tenure of the summer in official competition.
The former Manchester United was preferred to Leandro Paredes, while it was the Argentine who started the last match of PSG C1, on March 11 against Dortmund (2-0).
In the absence of Mbappé and Angel Di Maria (suspended), Neymar constitutes the No. 1 offensive threat of PSG. The Brazilian, supported by Mauro Icardi and Pablo Sarabia in attack, raised the temperature on social networks before kick-off.
“Mohican fit, sunglasses, pregnant with charging sound,” the superstar wrote on Twitter, in a post shared more than 180,000 times.
On the Bergamo side, coach Gian Piero Gasperini started Colombian Duvan Zapata, who scored 19 goals this season, in the expected absence of his top scorer Josip Ilicic.
Absent from the semi-finals of the competition since 1995, Paris has a unique opportunity to repeat the best course in its history as it celebrates its fiftieth anniversary.
The winner of this poster will meet the winner of the second quarter between Atlético de Madrid and Leipzig on Thursday.
Composition of teams:
Atalanta: Sportiello - Toloi, Caldara, Djimsiti - Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens - Pasalic, Zapata, Gomez (cap)
Paris SG: Navas - Kehrer, Thiago Silva (cap), Kimpembe, Bernat - Herrera, Marquinhos, Gueye - Sarabia, Icardi, Neymar
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