Champions League

Mbappe expected to play against Atalanta in the Champions League

Thomas Tuchel has revealed that the French star has recovered enough from his injury to feature against the Italian side

 
1:07pm on Wednesday 12th August 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel says he expects Kylian Mbappe to play in some capacity against Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The World Cup winner has been out since suffering an ankle injury in the Coupe de France final win over Saint-Etienne on July 24, with his participation in the latter stages of the Champions League subsequently put into doubt.

His recovery has been swift, though, and although he is not expected to start against La Dea, Tuchel hopes to finish the match with him on the pitch if needed.

"If he has a good training session today and nothing extraordinary happens, he will be with the team tomorrow,” the former Dortmund boss said in the pre-match press conference.

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“We are very happy that he is with the group and that we can have the possibility of finishing the match with him.”

With Mbappe not fully fit and Marco Verratti and Angel Di Maria both out, the onus will be on Neymar to step up as PSG’s star player, and Tuchel believes the Brazilian is up to the task.

"I have the impression that there is always a lot of pressure on him, but he likes it," Tuchel said, speaking about Neymar.

"He is used to playing with this pressure.

"We are very happy that Kylian is also with the group and that we can have the possibility to finish the match with him, because the two like to play together.

“Neymar is decisive on the big matches and I am convinced that he can be the key man for us. He has the necessary quality for this kind of situation."

PSG reached the last eight of the competition after defeating Dortmund over two legs, while Atalanta progressed after overcoming.Valencia.

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