PSG loaded with favoritism at the start of the Champions League quarter-finals

PSG loaded with favoritism at the start of the Champions League quarter-finals

The team that has the stars Neymar and Mbappé will have a careful crossing against Atalanta, who had a great season in Serie A and a historic advance in Europe.

The starting gun to begin the final stretch of the UEFA Champions League 2019/20 this Wednesday will have as interpreters Paris saint germain and Atalanta at the Da Luz Stadium in Lisbon.

A different quarterfinal clash like those that the rest of the protagonists will face, since the duels will be a single match and in a single venue, forced because of the COVID-19 pandemic that forced to reprogram the competition format .

The favorite label inevitably falls on the powerful team from the French capital based on its lineup in Europe and the renowned figures it owns. For example, Neymar seems to arrive in optimal physical condition, while Kylian Mbappé recovered against the clock after spraining his right ankle 19 days ago during the final of the French Cup.

The scoring contribution of Mauro Icardi and the impact of the destabilizing Ángel Di María are other weapons that Thomas Tuchel’s team presents in their quest to qualify for the top four.

PSG must also take care of the progress shown by those in Bergamo since last season, because of the place they won in Europe based on a great production in Serie A. In the recent Calcio campaign they were once again among the top four , so it will be at the UCL again (2020/21), although its aspiration is set in the current edition and its historical present.

The Colombian Duván Zapata is the leading scorer of those led by Gian Piero Gasperini, his compatriot Luis Muriel is waiting on the bench to contribute as a substitute performer and the Argentine Alejandro Papu Gómez is the conductor.

In the current competition, PSG scored 20 goals and received 4, while Atalanta showed an opposite version after crossing the group stage in a long-suffering way and registering a total of 16 goals converted and 16 conceded.

Probable lineups:

PSG: Navas; Dagba, Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat; Marquinhos, Gueye, Paredes; Sarabia, Icardi, Neymar.

Atalanta: Sportiello; Toloi, Caldara, Djimsiti; Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Malinovskiy, Gomez; Zapata.

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Photo: RAFAEL MARCHANTE / POOL / AFP via Getty Images

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