However, the clubs have a history of rugged battles — and this tie will likely follow that trend.
“There’s a lot of pressure on both teams. PSG are better with (Lionel) Messi and (Kylian) Mbappe than without them. But they also have good replacements. They have a deep squad. I’ll prepare the team as if they were playing,” Nagelsmann said (as captured by @iMiaSanMia).
Nagelsmann made some waves before the pregame hype began by contradicting PSG’s own club announcement and saying that he thought Mbappe would still play.
That comment sparked a mini-controversy that elicited a stark response from PSG coach Christophe Galthier, but Nagelsmann said that it was blown out of proportion.
“I’ve read a lot about my ‘attack’, which wasn’t one. If you change everything, then he plays, everyone says: ‘What kind of idiot is Nagelsmann?’ My answer was just that I’m preparing as if he will play,” Nagelsmann.
Preparation? Mind games? Whatever the case, Nagelsmann won’t take any chances.