Liverpool a step up for PSG, says Verratti

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar speaks with sporting director Antero Henrique French forward Kylian Mbappe and German midfielder Julian Draxler and club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi before a training session at Saint-Germain-e

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.

"We've won five times and that shows we still have a hunger to continue winning", said Tuchel. "I told him that he was not going to play and that he could not train".

"I've got ideas (as to his line-up) but I'm still reflecting on them".

Mbappe was absent as he began a three-match ban handed down following his red card in the win at Nimes just before the global break, and Neymar sat alongside him in the crowd, rested after playing for Brazil in a friendly in the United States in midweek.

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


The win maintains the French champions' 100% start to the season and keeps them top of Ligue 1. He found the net in the 22nd minute, controlling Marco Verratti's lofted pass with his head before deftly nodding the ball over onrushing goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier.

The Brazil superstar was left out of the matchday squad to play Saint Etienne, along with France forward Kylian Mbappe.

Shortly after Di Maria added PSG's third, manager Thomas Tuchel substituted centre-back Thiago Silva who had received treatment for a knock earlier in the second half.

A Malang Sarr own goal had allowed Rennes to take the lead, but Allan Saint-Maximin equalised before Pierre Lees-Melou's 89th-minute victor for Patrick Vieira's side.

The French champions were dumped out of last season's competition by Real Madrid, who went on to lift the trophy after beating Liverpool in Kiev.

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