Kimpembe to lead PSG as they face Champions League elimination

Tue 08 December 2020 | 12:58

PSG hope for great leadership from Kimpembe when they face Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday’s Champions League match.

Paris Saint-Germain


Thomas Tuchel

, has entrusted their centre-back,

Presnel Kimpembe

, to lead their way in their upcoming Champions League match against

Istanbul Basaksehir

. During a pre-match press conference Tuchel talked about their most trusted players with him saying:

"Today, Presnel Kimpembe and Keylor Navas are in this group."

"Otherwise it's the same group as last season with Marquinhos, Kylian Mbappe and Marco Verratti. I can talk about more or less important things. We talk regularly, they speak for the team."


Ligue 1

leaders, who will be hosting their final opponent for their group stage race, are hoping to win their home game against the Turkish club admitted Tuchel.

"The first goal is to win and we don't want to think about anything else,"

said the PSG boss.

"I want us to show the same respect to the game and to the opponent as the last games. First, we have to do everything to win.”

"We must respect the game and Basaksehir. It's the Champions League and easy matches don't exist.”

"The most important thing is that we use our qualities and our brains to play the match at 100 per cent.”

"We have to defend with a lot of energy. I ask for the same energy and effort as against Manchester United.”

"We can't give the opponent the slightest space as they are capable of making very dangerous counter-attacks. It's a third final and we will prepare the team to win this third consecutive final.”

"If we finish first, that will give us the opportunity to play away first and then the second game at home in the last 16."

While a few players will miss the game, the German coach confirmed that

Julian Draxler

, whom he admires very much, is returning to the pitch.

"I have always been a fan of his, he is exceptional. He has always played giving everything for the team and he has all the qualities to play in our team.”

"He had a lot of bad luck with his injuries, but I'm not surprised. Everything I expect from a Barcelona player I can see with him. He is humble, super pleasant and he always has a smile in training.”

"He always thinks of the team. He has technical and tactical qualities. Now the challenge is to keep him in good shape.”

"He gives a lot of volume to our game and, right now, he's super important. Everyone would like to have a player like him on their team. It's great to be his trainer."

source: SportMob

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