‘Prestige makes you nowhere’ — PSG’s Marquinhos expecting tough game against’fearless’ RB Leipzig


The French champions are cautioned to not exceed Julian Nagelsmann’s aspect in Tuesday’s semi-final

Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos has cautioned that his team-mates to not accept Tuesday’s Champions League competitions RB Leipzig softly, stating”relying on stature does not get you everywhere.”

The French winners enter the match as favourites from a Leipzig side competing in the Champions League for only the second time in their brief history.

PSG, by comparison, have been regulars at Europe’s premier knockout competition in the past few decades.

They played with another of the championship’s surprise packages, Atalanta, at the quarter-final last week and trailed entering the final stages. However, stoppage-time strikes against Marquinhos and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting delivered Thomas Tuchel’s side through the final four of this contest for the first time because 1995.

Leipzig, meanwhile, beat Atletico Madrid to accomplish this point using professionally dispatched Tottenham from the prior round, demonstrating significant European pedigree despite their comparative lack of expertise at this level.

Brazil global Marquinhos claims those results must act as a warning for his side if they visit the area at Lisbon on Tuesday.

“They’re a young team and adventuresome, as they have shown already in this Champions League season. They have played amazing,” he advised UEFA.com.

“From the last match against Atletico Madrid; they completely dominated the match. Thus, we know we are going to have to give our very best. These days, relying on stature does not get you everywhere.”

PSG Atalanta 2020

PSG have dominated French soccer over the last few decades, winning seven from their previous eight Ligue 1 titles, aided by the substantial investment from President Nasser Al-Khelaifi and Qatar Sports Investments group.

But they’ve failed to interpret that national dominance to the European victory their owners crave.

Marquinhos, however, feels that the club have profited in the one-legged knockout structure of this championship this season, providing them a fantastic prospect of reaching next week’s closing.

“Because all these are one-piece matches we’re seeing lots of delight in all of the games. It has become just like a World Cup of types,” he added. “That is why it’s been so happy, so filled with enthusiasm.

“We are planning to win this trophy since we are ambitious. We need itwe have this fantasy. But we are aware that it is a long and tough road. There will be battle, it will not be simple, so it is not sufficient to only dream about it.

“We have noticed that playing as a group, using a plan and playing strength make a massive impact on the pitch. Thus, we just need to perform our best and perform at our greatest level.

“We’ve got quality, gifted players, but we have to come together and assist each other around the pitch, provide everything we have and put all our effort and soul into that which we adore, which is soccer, and struggle to win this”


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