PSG make light of Mbappe, Neymar absence in Parc stroll

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar speaks with sporting director Antero Henrique French forward Kylian Mbappe and German midfielder Julian Draxler and club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi before a training session at Saint-Germain-e

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar speaks with sporting director Antero Henrique French forward Kylian Mbappe and German midfielder Julian Draxler and club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi before a training session at Saint-Germain-e

PSG got ready for next week's Champions League opener at Liverpool with a 4-0 win over Saint-Etienne at the Parc des Princes yesterday, extending their flawless record to five league games.

"I know 10", Tuchel said to Canal+ Sport when asked about his selection plans for the trip to Anfield. "Together, we decided that he would not play".

Mbappe was absent as he began a three-match ban handed down following his red card in the win at Nimes just before the global break, and Neymar sat alongside him in the crowd, rested after playing for Brazil in a friendly in the United States in midweek.

The Brazil worldwide was in the stands alongside suspended teammate Kylian Mbappe to watch the French champions register their fifth victory from as many Championnat matches through Julian Draxler, Edinson Cavani (penalty), Angel Di Maria and Moussa Diaby goals.

PSG warmed up for their opening European game on Tuesday (8pm) away to Liverpool with a 4-0 thrashing of Saint Etienne on Friday night.

'They are a team who play very well at home.

PSG will be shorthanded for the match, which perhaps opens the door to a surprise result at the Parc des Princes.

"It's important to several options when we play".

"We knew PSG were stronger than us but four goals are expensive".

Marco Verratti has admitted Paris Saint Germain will be up against serious pressure when they face Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool on the European stage. It will be a big test for us.

"It was a good rehearsal, good for the confidence ahead of Tuesday's match in Anfield against Liverpool. We are confident, though". They have experience in the Champions League as they reached the final last season. We lost too many easy balls and that gave our opponents solutions.