Liverpool a step up for PSG, says Verratti


Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel is considering resting Neymar against St. Etienne this weekend as he looks to have his star player fit to play Liverpool.

"Before Liverpool it's good as we won all our games, but Liverpool will be different", Italy midfielder Verratti told reporters.

It was Draxler who got PSG off to a flying start at the Parc des Princes, heading home on 22 minutes after juggling Verratti's sumptuous, deft chip over the St Etienne defence.

PSG were able to ease to victory in the second half, retaining energy for Tuesday's trip to Anfield in their Group C opener against last season's beaten Champions League finalists.

"It's important to several options when we play".

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Julian Draxler (L) of Paris Saint-Germain vies with Kevin Monnet-Paquet of Saint-Etienne during their match of French Ligue 1 2018-2019 season 5th round in Paris, France on September 14, 2018. However, the 25-year-old is not available to face Liverpool following his red card during last season's defeat to eventual winners Real Madrid in the last 16. "I told him that he was not going to play and that he could not train".

The offside flag ruled out Timothee Kolodziejczak's own goal but PSG added a 76th-minute third when Di Maria lashed in from close range, substitute Diaby then making the most of Cavani's mishit to wrap up the scoring.

Tuchel also handed French goalkeeper, Alphonse Areola a starting shirt ahead of Gianluigi Buffon who had kept in all their games this season.

Earlier on Friday, Nice shook off the absence of Mario Balotelli as they came from behind to beat Rennes 2-1 on the Cote d'Azur.

Earlier, Nice came from an own goal down to beat Rennes 2-1, with Pierre Lees Melou grabbing the victor in the 89th minute after Allan Saint-Maximin had levelled to spare the blushes of Malang Sarr who put through his own net just before the hour.