RB Leipzig vs PSG Preview
PSG’s dream of holding the Champions League trophy seems to be quite within their reach. Only two steps away from the silverware, yet each is more intriguing than ever. The upcoming one is the first to deal with, the stunning dark horse, RB Leipzig in the semifinal. Both will encounter in Estadio Da Luz, Lisbon this weekday. Neymar and Co definitely will not miss this year’s opportunity to win the title to make them equal among the European elites and raise the Ligue 1 level of reputation. In fact, they are on course to make history by becoming the second French team ever win Champions League since Marseille in 1993. Such record is certainly too tempting to let go.
Both teams’ previous matches
Julian Nagelsmann was the man behind Leipzig’s victory at the quarter final. The German side managed to beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 last week. Leipzig took the lead as Dani Olmo buried the ball into the far post through his header. Los Rojiblancos could respond by Joao Felix’s penalty. However, Tyler Adams’s deflected shot on the 87th minute eventually found the back of the net and sealed their huge win over Diego Simeone’s men.
Le Parisien had a tough game against Atalanta. They had to struggle till the stoppage time to get their equaliser through Marquinhos after conceding first by Mario Pasalic’s curling shot at the first half. Fortunately, the lady luck was on their side as Mbappe’s side penetration led to find a space to pass the ball to Erik Chopo-Mouting who managed to tap the ball inside. It was a dramatic win for PSG at the knock out stage.
Possible game plan
Both teams might employ the same 4-3-3 formation to start with. Yet, they are bound to modify it along the way. Nagelsmann could be opting for 3-3-3-1 again with Yussuf Poulsen or Dani Olmo as the false nine. Such offensive formation will be meeting Tuchel’s possibly 4-1-4-1 or 4-2-2-2, which will inevitably lead to the real battle in the midfield. However, Keylor Navas’s absence might be the only concern on Tuchel’s side.
Possible Line-up and Missing Players
RB Leipzig (4-3-2-1) – Peter Gulacsi; Lukas Klostermann, Marcel Halstenberg, Dayot Upamecano, Angelino; Konrad Laimer, Kevin Kampl, Marcel Sabitzer; Christopher Nkunku, Dani Olmo; Yussuf Poulsen.
Missing players: Benjamin Heinrichs, Hwang Hee-Chan, Ibrahim Konate.
PSG (4-1-4-1) – Sergio Rico; Presnel Kimpembe, Thiago Silva, Juan Bernat, Thilo Kehrer; Marquinhos; Ander Herrera, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria; Mauro Icardi.
Missing players: Keylor Navas, Marco Verratti, Layvin Kurzawa.
Leipzig vs PSG Prediction
PSG’s success this year might be favored by the Ligue 1’s cancellation. Yet, this seemingly easy game shall be taken more seriously as Julian Nagelsmann knows how to find their defensive frailties and eventually could turn into their weapon by modifying his tactics. It will be tight match but Tuchel, who was once Nagelsmann’s mentor in Augsburg back then, should find the way to bring his team to the final as his team has better squad with the world class figures on each line.
PSG is still regarded as the favourite. They are backed to win at 1.80, whereas RB Leipzig’s odds to win are only at 4.25. The draw result is at the value of 3.90.