Neymar WILL start PSG's Champions League clash with RB Leipzig

Neymar WILL start PSG’s crucial Champions League clash with RB Leipzig, confirms boss Thomas Tuchel after Brazilian returned from hamstring injury to play final 30 minutes in defeat against Monaco

  • Neymar came off the bench on Friday but couldn’t prevent a 3-2 loss to Monaco
  • PSG boss Thomas Tuchel was furious after throwing away a two-goal lead
  • Last year’s losing European finalists are third in their Champions League group
  • The French champions are three points off RB Leipzig, who they play on Tuesday 

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar will start Tuesday’s key Champions League clash against RB Leipzig after making his much-awaited comeback from injury.

The Brazilian forward returned from a three-week hamstring injury layoff on Friday but couldn’t stop his side falling to a frustrating 3-2 defeat at Monaco.

Head coach Thomas Tuchel gave Neymar half an hour to build up his fitness before the Group H clash at the Parc des Princes, and confirmed he would be available in Europe.

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar will start against RB Leipzig in the Champions League

Former Borussia Dortmund boss Tuchel told L’Equipe: ‘Neymar? He is determined. Yes, he will start against Leipzig.’

Ex-Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 33, inspired Monaco to a thrilling comeback win in what could prove a crucial result for the Ligue 1 title race.

PSG were 2-0 up at half time thanks to a double from Kylian Mbappe but a second-half brace from Kevin Volland and a Fabregas penalty after Abdou Diallo’s red card completed the turnaround. 

Neymar (right) returned from injury on Friday but Cesc Fabregas inspired Monaco to a 3-2 win

The French champions still lead Niko Kovac’s Monaco by four points with 11 games played, but the complacency shown by his side infuriated Tuchel.

As reported by Sportsmail on Saturday, the former Borussia Dortmund boss slammed his team for thinking they had already won the game.

Tuchel told Telefoot: ‘Catastrophic? Yes, the second half. 

‘We controlled the game, we scored two goals, and we could have scored two more. 

PSG boss Thomas Tuchel slammed his side for the defeat after being 2-0 up at half-time

Tuchel (left) saw his side lose 2-1 to Leipzig in a fiery match for the reverse fixture in November

‘We are completely responsible for this defeat, when the match was almost over in our favour.

‘They (the players) felt it was 3-0 or 4-0 when it was only 2-0. I have no explanation. I have to accept all the criticism, because we have completely stopped playing, and we haven’t done what is necessary to win.’ 

Moreover, after a bad-tempered 2-1 defeat to Leipzig in Germany on November 4, last year’s losing finalists PSG are third in their Champions League group.

They are only ahead of Istanbul Basaksehir on goal difference at the halfway stage and know another loss to Leipzig could be catastrophic for their European hopes.

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