Paris Saint-Germain have stars ‘fresh and ready to go’ for Man City Champions League clash with Kylian Mbappe ‘wrapped in cotton wool’

Paris Saint-Germain are expected to be back to full strength for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Man City, talkSPORT have been told.

The French club are in a tense battle for the Ligue 1 title this season and currently trail Lille by one point with four games to go.


Mauricio Pochettino has handled his star players well in recent weeks[/caption]

They must put aside their bid to defend their title to battle Pep Guardiola’s City to return to the Champions League final for the second straight season.

The first leg is in Paris on Wednesday with commentary of the 8pm kick-off at the Parc des Princes live on talkSPORT.

Kylian Mbappe limped out of their 3-1 win over Metz, but boss Mauricio Pochettino seemed hopeful that he would be available.

Things are all coming together for PSG in the run up to the game with Marco Verratti, Angel Di Maria and Neymar all fit and ready for the game.


Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are two of the most feared forwards in world football[/caption]

Di Maria has been used sparingly in order for him to be ready, while Neymar has managed to stay injury free after a month out earlier this year.

Verratti is only just back having suffered a thigh injury on international duty.

“What they’ve done over the last couple of weeks particularly successfully, partly because of injury, is they’ve kept Verratti, Angel Di Maria and Neymar fit,” Andy Brassell told talkSPORT on Trans Europe Express.

“They’re all fresh and ready to go.


Di Maria has been used from the bench at times in recent games[/caption]

“They’ve used them quite sparingly. Verratti’s game he played at Metz, he played the full 90, was very, very good and it was his first full game in a month-and-a-half.

“That was really important they are able to go with that front four. Those three plus Mbappe, who has been wrapped in cotton wool, they let him sit out of training to be on the safe side.

“When we talk about what has changed under Pochettino, it’s not that much, but one of the big things on the pitch is Verratti being moved further up the pitch as they’ve got too many of the same type of midfield player.

“They need that extra bit of creativity to bind the forward line and the midfield together. Verratti played that spot, just as he did in the first ever game Pochettino took charge of, he did it again against Metz on Saturday and did it really effectively.


Verratti has recovered from a thigh injury just in time for the Champions League[/caption]

“It’s really two-pronged you get from Verratti being in that position. One, the final pass. He’s a lot closer to those three fantastic forward players. 

“Secondly, he’s not going to make daft tackles when he’s not so deep in the pitch. That’s where you lose Verratti. It puts miles on the clock in terms of injury and it gets him needless bookings, which get him suspended further down the line. It’s worked really well for Pochettino.”