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Liverpool a step up for PSG, says Verratti

16 September 2018

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe both didn't play for PSG against St. Etienne, with Thomas Tuchel resting the former while the latter served a ban for a red card he received before the worldwide break.

PSG's No. 10 will be back for the Champions League Group C opener away at Liverpool next week and Tuchel knows that Anfield will be a hard place to go.

With Mbappe serving the first game of a three-match suspension following his red card against Nice and Brazil forward Neymar given a rest, Germany winger Draxler started on the left of a three-man attack and was soon on the scoresheet.

Four of those goals scored came in a 4-0 home success over Saint-Etienne on Friday, with Julian Draxler, Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria and Moussa Diaby on the mark for the Ligue 1 leaders.

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"Not yet the 11th and I do not know my game system".

Without his two star players, Tuchel gave Julian Draxler a start, a move that paid off as the German worldwide put the hosts in front with a header in the 22nd minute after a long pass by Marco Verrati.

"I'm pleased also that we've played without having our heads turned by the game on Tuesday", added PSG's German coach.

PSG returns to Ligue 1 action after the global break, with the league favorite hosting Saint-Etienne on Friday.

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PSG cruised past Saint Etienne anyway, winning 4-0 at the Parc des Princes.

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

"We know that Anfield is one of the toughest trips in Europe. Saint-Etienne was a good rehearsal", said the French champions' boss.

France's other Champions League contenders are Monaco, who face in-form Toulouse away on Saturday night before hosting Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. "It will be a big test for us, but we are confident". We can play with a bit more of a risk factor, perhaps.

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Liverpool a step up for PSG, says Verratti