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PSG have abundant talent even without Neymar, Borussia Dortmund’s coach says



Paris St-Germain (PSG) have an abundance of talent and the potential absence of Brazilian Neymar does not make them less dangerous, Borussia Dortmund’s coach Lucien Favre said on Monday.

Forward Neymar has been sidelined for weeks with a rib injury.

He also missed their 4-4 draw in Ligue 1 against struggling Amiens on Saturday, along with several other key players who were rested.

“They have so many players with great qualities and they beat Real Madrid (in the group stage) even without Neymar,” Favre told a news conference ahead of Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League last 16 first leg fixture.

The French team beat Real Madrid 3-0 in Paris while drawing 2-2 in the second game in Spain.

“Neymar is obviously a great player but so is (Kylian) Mbappe and (Angel) Di Maria. I can name at least 10 players on that team with huge potential,” Favre added.

Borussia Dortmund will have to be at their defensive best if they are to contain the French side’s speed.

They did that well during their 4-0 Bundesliga win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday.

“If Neymar plays tomorrow (Tuesday) and I am pretty sure he is going to play, then we have to take care of him.

“But they have so many good players. We have to be compact and we have to defend as a team and really be strong,” Borussia Dortmund’s midfielder Axel Witsel also said.

The second leg is in Paris on March 11.

Edited By: Olawale Alabi)

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