It’s safe to say that very few people would’ve anticipated RB Leipzig vs. Paris Saint-Germain being one of the UEFA Champions League semi-final match-ups, yet here we are. Both sides will be competing for an appearance in the Champions League final for the first time in their respective histories. They’ve only met once before, but it was only in a club friendly back in 2014 in Leipzig, which Die Roten Bullen won 4-2.
Although no one would have pictured them being here, Julian Nagelsmann’s Leipzig haven’t made it to the semi-finals without deserving it. After topping group G with 3 wins, 2 draws, and 1 loss, they thrashed Tottenham by an aggregate score on 4-0 before the coronavirus halted football for nearly 3 months. In the quarter-finals against Atletico Madrid, they were arguably the better side throughout proceedings, and Tyler Adams’s late goal in the second half secured their advancement to the semis just as it looked like that tie would be heading to extra time. Timo Werner, who?
Paris Saint-Germain, much like Barcelona, SSC Napoli, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, and Juventus, went through the group stages undefeated, topping group A. After losing leg 1 2-1 against Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals, they won the second leg 2-0 in one of the first matches that was played without fans at the Parc des Princes. Despite having not played a competitive match in nearly 3 months aside from a Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue final against Saint-Étienne and Lyon respectively, they ended Atalanta’s cinderella story in the Champions League thanks to some late heroics from Marquinhos and Eric Maxim Chuopo-Moting.
RB Leipzig: Long term absentee Ibrahim Konate is the only player that will be out for Leipzig.
It will be interesting to see whether or not Nagelsmann goes with the same starting eleven that he used against Atletico Madrid, or if he’ll perhaps decide to thrust players like Patrick Schick, Tyler Adams or Emil Forsberg into the lineup.
PSG: Kylian Mbappe has returned from his ankle injury and was used a a sub against Atalanta. He’ll likely start against Leipzig
Thomas Tuchel will also have Angel Di Maria back in the lineup after the Argentine served a one match suspension
Both Marco Verratti and Layvin Kurzawa still aren’t fit and likely won’t play a part against Leipzig.
RB Leipzig Champions League form: WDDWWW
RB Leipzig form (all competitions): WDLWDW
Paris Saint-Germain Champions League form: WDWLWW
Paris Saint-Germain form (all competitions): WWWWWW
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