Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
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Why Neymar didn't play for PSG against St Etienne on Friday

Why Neymar didn't play for PSG against St Etienne on Friday

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 ideal record to five league games.

"Neymar and I spoke on Thursday", Tuchel said when explaining his decision to leave him out of his starting XI.

Marco Verratti made his first competitive appearance since March after recovering from a groin injury but Tuchel indicated he may make a late call over one of his players.

After returning from global duty with Brazil earlier this week, Neymar watched the victory over Saint Etienne in the stands with team-mate Kylian Mbappe who was suspended for the match.

Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria and teenage substitute Moussa Diaby were also on target in a comfortable victory for the champions.

Two teams boasting 100 per cent winning records so far this season will collide at Anfield in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The Reds play Tottenham today in the Premier League in their first big match of the season and while Jürgen Klopp will be focused on beating Spurs first, there will inevitably some thought going the way of the Paris clash midweek.

Neymar and Mbappe - who watched on together from the stands at the Parc des Princes - already have four goals apiece this term, having also contributed three assists combined, and will be the main men to stop for Jurgen Klopp and co. They have experience in the Champions League as they reached the final last season.

It was good for our confidence ahead of Tuesday's match at Anfield against Liverpool. "Liverpool will reveal something but most importantly it will give us a better idea of our situation".

"It's an important test for us, not decisive but it's good to start with a complicated game".

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