Neymar in danger of missing UCL final after swapping shirts with opponent
Aug 22 2020
But they booked their place in the final thanks to goals from Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria and Juan Bernat and are on the cusp of finally achieving their goal of becoming European champions. "The team showed its qualities, hunger and determination".
But this campaign has seen Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Thiago Silva and company act like a real team with the desire to shake off all ghosts of the past and win the trophy at last.
Yet, while Neymar and Mbappe, the two most expensive footballers of all time, dominated the headlines, there were standout performances all through PSG's team on Tuesday. Di Maria was in the center of it all.
At the break, Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann made two changes, and his side started the second half the brighter of the two sides.
While they were bright in attack, it was the French champions' defence that was praised by Tuchel.
"Our dream is the Champions League". Yet the world-class footballer could face disciplinary action through a suspension for Sunday's final after he disobeyed health and safety recommendations by swapping shirts with an RB Leipzig opponent after the game.
The Champions League has been played behind closed doors since the competition resumed in August amid the coronavirus pandemic, and Al-Khelaifi added: "For me, the supporters are very important, they are not there with us".
"It was a good mix".
After four thrilling quarterfinals, the upsets stopped at the last four stage in the Champions League, setting up Sunday's final between Bayern Munich and Paris St Germain.
PSG have gone out in the last 16 for the past three years, but they proved a step too far for Leipzig, who were playing in the regional leagues just 11 years ago. To say that Leipzig has split opinion in Germany is an understatement with the side, bankrolled by the Red Bull energy drink company, having been in the regional fifth tier of German football only a decade ago.