Waited for free! Hundreds of fans wanted to see Lionel Messi (34) in front of the Steigenberger Hotel on Tuesday afternoon. But: The superstar did not even get on one of the two PSG planes to Leipzig.
Because of a thigh injury, the six-time world footballer will be out against RB Leipzig today (9 p.m. / live on DAZN). Instead of watching the game in the cold Red Bull Arena in his luxury villa “Palais Rose” in the Le Vésinet district.
Paris without Messi – is that good or bad for Leipzig?
Sure: PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino (49) will switch without Messi. From the previous 4-4-2 system to a 4-3-3. For Messi, ex-Liverpool Georgino Wijnaldum (30) will probably join the team.
Advantage RB: With Messi, the player is missing who single-handedly tore the victory out of his hands with two goals in Leipzig’s 3-2 first leg. And who could have made the difference this time with his dribbles and degrees. Striker Yussuf Poulsen: “Messi’s actions in Paris were decisive.”
Disadvantage RB: With Neymar, Mbappé and di Maria, PSG will bring the well-rehearsed offensive trio from the past few years. That made 15 of the 21 Champions League goals last season.
RB coach Jesse Marsch (47): “Neymar and di Maria weren’t there in the first leg. Against them it becomes difficult in one-on-one situations. “
What encourages: In the first leg, Leipzig had the star ensemble on the verge of defeat. Marsch: “We saw in the first leg that our match plan worked. We want to change a few small details – and create a surprise. “