Marco Verratti has described Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League clash with Manchester United as a "final", warning his team-mates they can have "no excuses" come full-time. 

Last year's beaten finalists travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday having picked up just six points from their four Group H games.

That leaves them level with RB Leipzig and three points behind leaders United, who only need a draw to qualify for the last 16.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have won their last seven European games at home, scoring 24 goals and conceding just two.

And Verratti, whose only appearance in this season's competition was as a substitute in the 1-0 win over Leipzig last week, acknowledged PSG will have to be at their best to get anything out of the game. 

"It's a final," he told a media conference. "I think everyone is looking forward to playing this game. We will play in a big stadium, against a big team and against big players. 

"It will be necessary to pass this step. We have everything to have a good match and it will be necessary to show it on the field by making individual and collective efforts. We will have to play at 150 per cent because they too must win.

"There is always pressure at a big club like PSG. All the matches are important. We have already lost two during the group stage and we must not lose a third. You have to be confident, give your all on the pitch and we'll see the result.

"In all games it's a little difficult at the moment, but it is the case for all the teams. We had a difficult time for a lot of reasons, but we have to forget all that. 

"We don't want to find excuses. We have to win tomorrow. We will play against a great team and we have to go for this victory. And for that, it will be necessary to be perfect on an individual and collective level."

PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel goes into the game under pressure, with his side losing two and drawing one of their past five games. 

Verratti, though, is in no doubt about the German's ability and believes it is only a matter of time before he steers the Ligue 1 champions back to top form. 

"I had the chance to be coached by great coaches like [Laurent] Blanc and [Carlo] Ancelotti," the Italy international said. 

"Tuchel brought us to the Champions League final and he wasn't far off making us champions. We won all four national titles last season as well. We couldn't do better.

"He has a very good character. From the outside it may seem easy, but from the inside it is not always. He managed to create a good rapport with us. 

"On the field, we also showed good things. The supporters were able to be proud of us last season. We haven't lost our football. 

"We had problems, but now it's over. We have to show it tomorrow and I hope we will go far this year again."

Thomas Tuchel says he "understands" criticism of Paris Saint-Germain but dismissed its credibility when coming from fans and journalists watching from a "sofa".

PSG were out of sorts in the Champions League on Tuesday, as last season's beaten finalists scraped a narrow 1-0 win at RB Leipzig.

The decisive goal, an 11th-minute Neymar penalty, was one of just three shots on target mustered by PSG over the course of the match.

Tuchel said after the game that he would not apologise for winning in a somewhat ugly fashion, with Leipzig enjoying 63 per cent of possession and managing 15 shots in total.

He put the underwhelming performance down to fatigue caused by the team's packed schedule, though it was not their only unimpressive display in recent months.

Before Tuesday, PSG had lost three of their previous seven matches across all competitions and Tuchel has had to contend with questions about his future, but the German was keen to remind fans and reporters that they do not see everything he sees.

"If it [criticism] hits the locker room, it'll tighten us up," he told reporters ahead of Saturday's visit of Bordeaux.

"For me it is very clear. I can understand the criticisms, but we have different positions. The critics are supporters, journalists... But I'm not [watching] on TV, or on my sofa.

"I'm with my team, I live every pass, every sprint with my team and you have a completely different feeling after a match like that than in front of a TV.

"I can accept the criticism, but you can also accept that we have another feeling. I had the feeling that the journalists wanted to convince me of their opinions, but I did not have the same opinion because I am a small part of this group."

Saturday's game is quickly followed by a vital Champions League trip to Manchester United on Wednesday, with PSG still fighting to qualify for the last 16.

PSG confirmed on Friday that defender Marquinhos will miss the Bordeaux game as a precaution following an adductor "twinge" – he has not been ruled out of the trip to Old Trafford, however.

Mauro Icardi and Marco Verratti are likely to get the chance to increase their involvement ahead of that journey as well, with the Argentinian striker missing since early October due to a knee ligament injury, while the Italy international (thigh) returned from a month-long layoff to make a cameo against Leipzig.

"[Verratti] can change everything on the pitch. In 12 or 14 minutes he showed an extraordinary impact [against Leipzig]," Tuchel said.

"We decided in the morning that he would be on the bench because he only did half a workout. Now he can play maybe a half against Bordeaux and that gives us a lot of possibilities and confidence on the pitch."

Regarding Icardi, he added: "We decided yesterday on the field if he could make strikes. We took the risk, he trained and there was no reaction.

"We'll see what he can do in training. If he can [train], we can put him on the bench and give him a few minutes, because he has been training hard for many weeks and it's hard for a player like Mauro, who lives to win."

Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Moise Kean have been included in the Paris Saint-Germain squad for the Ligue 1 meeting with Monaco on Friday.   A groin injury forced Neymar to miss PSG's previous three games and he was released from Brazil duty after it was deemed he would not be ready to feature in their World Cup qualifier against Uruguay on Tuesday.   Kean sustained a muscular problem while representing Italy during the international break, and Mbappe made his return for France on Tuesday after suffering a hamstring issue against Nantes on October 31.   The trio will all be available to Thomas Tuchel when the Ligue 1 champions take on Monaco at the Stade Louis II, though.

Tuchel said on Thursday: "Kylian has a very positive mindset. There was good communication between us and the France national team, so we know exactly what they did with him in training.

"So, that is all fine. He had a full training session with us [on Wednesday]. That was very good, so I'm very confident that he can play. We will have to decide how many minutes he will get, but he feels fit.

"With Neymar, it is a bit different because he didn't play for Brazil. He has been back for a few days.

"He started training [on Wednesday] but didn't do the full training session. He just took part in the first part, so we will step that up. We will do a bit more.

"I am confident that he might be able to play some minutes, but we will have to wait and see how he reacts in training."

PSG have struggled with injuries throughout the 2020-21 season and will be continue to be without Marco Verratti, Mauro Icardi, Julian Draxler, Idrissa Gueye, Thilo Kehrer and Juan Bernat.

Ander Herrera will sit out the trip to Monaco after taking a blow to his calf during a training session on Thursday.

Kylian Mbappe and Neymar could return to the Paris Saint-Germain line-up against Monaco on Friday, but Thomas Tuchel acknowledges he must consider the midweek meeting with RB Leipzig.

Mbappe and Neymar have five and four Ligue 1 starts respectively this term, with Tuchel's options limited by injuries, suspensions and positive coronavirus tests.

PSG remain top regardless – with Mbappe their leading league marksman on seven goals – but their Champions League position is rather more perilous after defeats to Manchester United and Leipzig.

Therefore, even with Mbappe and Neymar back in training, the chances of the pair starting together in the league for just the third time this season appear remote.

Tuchel's men host Leipzig on Tuesday after visiting Monaco and the coach told reporters: "It is no secret that it is a very tricky time.

"We know we have a difficult game ahead of us against Monaco, because it is always tough to go there and they have plenty of qualuty. It is one of the most difficult games in France.

"But at the same time, we know that it is a tricky situation in our Champions League group, and we certainly want to win against Leipzig.

"We want to win [on Friday] while carefully managing the players and the playing time so that the team can be as fresh as possible on Tuesday. It is a really important game for us.

"We have to manage the two games. We have to do that together. I usually take it game by game, but at the moment, the situation in our Champions League group means we have to consider both games."

Discussing his star pair, Tuchel said: "Kylian has a very positive mindset. There was good communication between us and the France national team, so we know exactly what they did with him in training.

"So, that is all fine. He had a full training session with us [on Wednesday]. That was very good, so I'm very confident that he can play. We will have to decide how many minutes he will get, but he feels fit.

"With Neymar, it is a bit different because he didn't play for Brazil. He has been back for a few days.

"He started training [on Wednesday] but didn't do the full training session. He just took part in the first part, so we will step that up. We will do a bit more.

"I am confident that he might be able to play some minutes, but we will have to wait and see how he reacts in training."

Marquinhos, Leandro Paredes and Angel Di Maria have all been in South America for 2022 World Cup qualifiers and Tuchel described relying heavily on the trio before the Leipzig game as "a big risk".

Meanwhile, Marco Verratti and Mauro Icardi will not be involved and the Italy midfielder has suffered "a small reaction" as the pair aim to return for Leipzig.

Amid the constant selection headaches, Tuchel was at least boosted last week by words of support from Leonardo.

"It is always good if the sporting director is on the coach's side," Tuchel said. "That goes for me as well, of course.

"We are always working together and there is never a problem. We know what we are doing and the way that we work together, so that is all fine."

Marco Verratti stepped up his recovery from a thigh injury by returning to training with Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

The midfielder returned from international duty in October with the issue and has missed the past seven matches in all competitions.

It will be a boost for PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, who has been contending with a raft of injuries to key players this season.

Verratti performed light, individual exercises and Mauro Icardi is expected to follow suit this week.

PSG have won all five of their Ligue 1 games without Verratti this season, with the Italy midfielder in the line-up for their two defeats at the start of the season.

Among all players to feature in at least 10 Ligue 1 matches last season, only Leandro Paredes attempted and completed more passes than Verratti per 90 minutes.

Thomas Tuchel believes Manchester United have got one of the world's best number nines in Edinson Cavani as Paris Saint-Germain prepare to face the Red Devils without Marco Verratti. 

Cavani joined United on a free transfer in October following the expiration of his contract with PSG, which led him to miss the final three rounds of last season's Champions League. 

The Uruguay international, who trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Monday, is PSG's all-time record goalscorer having found the net 200 times during his seven years with the club. 

PSG could face Cavani on Tuesday when they welcome United to the Parc des Princes for their 2020-21 Champions League opener. 

And coach Tuchel conceded it will be strange to go up against Cavani, whom he has no doubts will be a success at Old Trafford. 

"It was a bit sad about the final eight in Lisbon, as was the case with others. It changes nothing for this meeting," Tuchel told a media conference. 

"He remains PSG's top scorer. He made history here. It is a bit weird to see him with United." 

Asked what United are getting in Cavani, Tuchel replied: "They got a great personality. Very polite, almost kind of a bit shy. Very polite person. 

"A hard worker, he will be there in every training [from the] first minute until last minute, every game first second until last second. 

"He's living for goals, he's living for scoring. When he scores and when he has the confidence, he's one of the best number nines in world football. 

"Hopefully from Wednesday on he can start to convince all of you, tomorrow it's not necessary to prove me right." 

PSG will not be able to call on oft-injured midfielder Verratti, who is reportedly set to be out for three weeks with a thigh issue. 

Leandro Paredes will also be absent with a muscle injury sustained in the 4-0 Ligue 1 win at Nimes, while a knee problem will keep striker Mauro Icardi sidelined. 

Tuchel is, however, hopeful that Marquinhos (groin) and Julian Draxler (hamstring) can feature. 

Neymar has not been included in the Paris Saint-Germain squad for Friday's Ligue 1 clash with Nimes.

Head coach Thomas Tuchel is said to be keen to rest the forward, who played in both of Brazil's World Cup qualifying matches during the international break.

The 28-year-old scored a hat-trick in the 4-2 victory over Peru on Wednesday to reach 63 goals for his country, moving ahead of former striker Ronaldo and behind only Pele (77) on the all-time list.

With PSG now preparing for seven games in the next 22 days, including a Champions League trip to Manchester United next Tuesday, Neymar has been given more time to recover.

Tuchel otherwise has a handful of injury concerns to some key first-team players.

Defender Marquinhos returned from Brazil duty with a minor adductor problem and will face further tests over the coming days, while Marco Verratti sustained a thigh injury with Italy.

Julian Draxler is not expected to train again until Monday due to a hamstring complaint, while Mauro Icardi remains sidelined with a knee ligament issue.

New signing Danilo Pereira has been isolating from the team as part of contact tracing protocols adopted by PSG.

All four players will miss the game against Nimes, who have gone three games unbeaten in Ligue 1.

Jese Rodriguez, who came off the bench in the 1-0 loss to Lens last month, has been included in the squad.

Moise Kean could make his first appearance since joining on loan from Everton, while Rafinha may also make his debut after his move from Barcelona.

Roberto Mancini and Marco Verratti were united in their belief that Italy missed an opportunity as wasteful finishing saw them held to a 0-0 draw in Poland on Sunday.

Although the Azzurri were the dominant force for much of the contest in Gdansk and created some fine chances, they could not get the all-important goal.

Federico Chiesa, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Emerson Palmieri all spurned clear-cut openings, while Andrea Belotti – the striker chosen to lead the line – endured a quiet evening.

As such, Italy were unable to take a three-point lead at the top of Nations League Group A1. Defeat to the Netherlands this coming Wednesday would see them overtaken.

Mancini told reporters: "Against Poland we have always been on the attack. This is a missed opportunity.

"The pitch was in poor condition and the ball bounced badly, but I'm not looking for excuses: we should have ended the first half with at least a one-goal advantage.

"This is a balanced group, which will be decided in the last games. Poland is an excellent team, they have great champions in attack and other very good players.

"Two years ago they put us in difficulty. We are happy with the progress we have made. We want to improve further and games like tonight are part of our path, even if the draw is harsh."

Verratti was similarly frustrated, but he attempted to put a positive spin on it, adamant Italy were excellent aside from a failure in front of goal.

"We go home with a bitter taste," the Paris Saint-Germain star added.

"I agree that the pitch was difficult and made a certain type of game difficult for us. But we still had a great match – we just lacked the goal."

Marco Verratti says Roberto Mancini has brought "enthusiasm" back to the Italy squad and urged the team to continue a "beautiful journey".

The Azzurri hit rock bottom in 2017 when a play-off defeat to Sweden saw them miss out on a World Cup for the first time since 1956.

Mancini consequently took the reins and a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia in his first game in charge was followed by just a single victory in the following seven games.

But since then Italy have triumphed in 13 out of 14 matches, including winning all of their qualifiers for the postponed Euro 2020.

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Verratti says former Manchester City boss Mancini has breathed new life into Italy.

"After the match against Sweden, thanks to the coach, enthusiasm has returned," he said ahead of Italy's Nations League clash with Poland on Sunday.

"It was a hard blow that we took together and the coach was able to get us back on the road. He was good at rebuilding and making us play well.

"We are close to France. Sure, they won a World Cup, but in the last two years we've become credible again. 

"So far we have made a beautiful journey. We must continue on this path, with humility and courage."

Verratti has been joined at PSG by two of his international team-mates in the form of Alessandro Florenzi and Moise Kean, who joined from Roma and Everton respectively.

The midfielder is delighted to have both playing alongside him domestically.

"I am happy that Florenzi and Kean have arrived at PSG. I am very close to Alessandro and I am happy to play with him," he added.

"Moise needs a further step to become even stronger."

Keylor Navas returned but Marco Verratti was left out of the Paris Saint-Germain line-up for the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, who benched Ivan Perisic for Kinglsey Coman.

After sitting out the semi-final against RB Leipzig with a hamstring injury sustained in the prior round against Atalanta, Navas was deemed fit enough to take his place in goal back from Sergio Rico.

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said in his pre-match news conference Verratti was in contention to start but would not be able to play 90 or 120 minutes due to the calf problem with which he has been struggling.

The Italy international was subsequently named among the substitutes, with Ander Herrera, Marquinhos and Leandro Paredes in midfield for the Ligue 1 champions.

Bayern likewise made no changes to midfield, with Thiago Alcantara keeping his place as Joshua Kimmich continued at right-back, Benjamin Pavard fit enough only for the bench after battling a metatarsal ligament injury.

Hansi Flick opted to bring in former PSG winger Coman for Perisic, though, despite the France international having not started the quarter-final or semi-final wins over Barcelona and Lyon.

Marco Verratti is fit enough to start the Champions League final between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, but Keylor Navas remains a doubt.

A calf injury meant Verratti travelled to Portugal later than the rest of his team-mates and missed the quarter-final victory over Atalanta, during which goalkeeper Navas sustained a hamstring injury.

While Navas and Idrissa Gueye sat out the semi-final triumph against RB Leipzig, Italy midfielder Verratti was sent on for the final seven minutes with PSG already leading 3-0.

Barring any incidents in training on Saturday, Verratti will be in Thomas Tuchel's thoughts for the starting line-up against Bayern at the Estadio da Luz on Sunday.

However, Navas' availability hinges on how he performs in that session.

"Marco and Idrissa have trained with us since the Leipzig match. No issues at all. They will be involved in the entire training session, so they are available," said Tuchel.

"Keylor Navas is a different case. He will try to train normally today, it'll be the first time he's trained. It'll be a yes or no decision, it's black and white on that. We will see after training."

Asked if Verratti was too much of a risk for the starting XI, Tuchel said: "Well, he was hit. It wasn't a muscle injury. The risk isn't great. If he is comfortable, if he is not in pain, it is different.

"It's the same as Kylian [Mbappe]. Will he [Verratti] have the best ability to play 120 minutes? Obviously not. The question is, 'Is he ready to play?'

"If nothing happens today in training, the answer is yes. Then we will decide tomorrow whether he will start or not.

"If he is part of the group today during training, feeling good, he will be able to play tomorrow.

"Obviously he won't be able to play 90-120 minutes, especially in midfield where we expect a lot of intensity. We will see if he can start or end it for us."

Bayern have been triumphant in all of their 10 Champions League games this season and are on a 20-game winning streak in all competitions.

Hansi Flick's side have scored 42 goals in the competition – three fewer than the all-time record set by Barcelona from 16 games in 1999-2000 – but Tuchel is not planning massive changes to PSG's approach.

"We always respect the opponents. It's important to share information and details to my team, to give some solutions," said Tuchel.

"We will do what we did in the past for every Champions League game, as well as in Ligue 1. Bayern have won their past 20 games. They are so strong with all of their individual qualities. They are very intense. They want to play, but there are always spaces to be found.

"It is so important to find a good mix between playing freely, being confident, and finding key situations and key spaces, and you can only do so if you are free-minded.

"This is why we won't be adapting too much. In the end, it is not a game to change a lot of things. Maybe one or two positions, that's it."

Marco Verratti says he will do everything to play for Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday's Champions League final against Bayern Munich, a match he described as the most important 90 minutes in the club's history.

Italy midfielder Verratti was unable to play in the quarter-final triumph over Atalanta due to a calf injury that plagued him prior to travelling to Lisbon.

Verratti managed a short cameo off the bench as PSG outclassed RB Leipzig to reach Sunday's final at the Estadio da Luz.

The 27-year-old is doing what he can to be involved but accepts the final decision lies with head coach Thomas Tuchel.

He said: "I'm better, I started again slowly with the team. This injury was a bit hard to digest. I have resumed with the group for two to three days and I will do everything to play the match. 

"I was available in the semi-final. It is the coach who will make his decision."

PSG have dominated domestically since being bought out by their wealthy Qatari owners in June 2011, including sweeping the board this term.

The ultimate aim of delivering continental glory has proven frustratingly elusive for the Ligue 1 champions, who are playing their first final in Europe's premier competition.

A run to the semi-finals in the 1994-95 campaign was PSG's best previous result and Verratti is well aware of the scale of the task at hand.

"The Champions League is always difficult. So far, we've had an incredible journey," he added.

"We have 90 minutes left, these are the most important 90 minutes of our lives as a footballer and of the history of the club. You have to be prepared."

Ander Herrera has impressed in the absence of Verratti, who says it has come as no surprise to see the former Manchester United midfielder rise to the occasion.

"For us, this is no surprise. We already knew Ander. He's a very important player," he said. 

"This season he has had injuries that have kept him from being available on several occasions, but he still gives 100 per cent. 

"He made two incredible matches. We are very happy with what he does, but we're not just finding out about him here. He's 31, he's already won the Europa League with Manchester United. 

"He shows his many qualities here."

Keylor Navas will undergo an assessment on the hamstring injury he suffered against Atalanta and is a doubt for Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League semi-final.

The Costa Rica international pulled up late on in Wednesday's remarkable 2-1 comeback win over the Serie A side in Lisbon and was replaced by Sergio Rico.

Navas has started 34 games for the French champions this season but is now in a race against time to be fit for next Tuesday's last-four tie with RB Leipzig or Atletico Madrid.

A statement on PSG's official website on Thursday read: "The examinations and MRI have confirmed a tear in the femoral biceps. 

"His condition will be examined again on Saturday and his involvement in Tuesday's match is uncertain."

However, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has received some positive news on skipper Thiago Silva, who also injured his hamstring against Atalanta but has avoided any serious damage.

Marco Verratti missed the quarter-final due to a calf injury and the midfielder's fitness will be assessed on Saturday.

Marco Verratti was named in Paris Saint-Germain's squad to prepare for the Champions League quarter-final against Atalanta despite ongoing concerns over his fitness.

The Italy international injured his calf in training and was missing for a 1-0 friendly win over Sochaux on Wednesday.

Head coach Thomas Tuchel admitted he was concerned about a "big injury" and it was later suggested Verratti would definitely miss next Wednesday's last-eight clash in Lisbon.

Fresh reports suggest Verratti may not be able to play any part in the remainder of the competition, even if PSG progress past the Serie A side.

Kylian Mbappe was also included on the list as the squad headed to Faro, despite the striker sustaining a serious ankle sprain in the Coupe de France final win over Saint-Etienne last month.

Tuchel said in midweek he was unsure if Mbappe would be able to make the bench for the Atalanta game.

"For Mbappe, I have no idea," Tuchel told beIN SPORTS on Wednesday.

"He works hard, but he's short, super short. We will see on Saturday with the doctor whether it is possible that he is on the bench against Atalanta."

Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel admitted he was "worried" about Marco Verratti after an injury scare.

Verratti missed PSG's 1-0 friendly win over Sochaux on Wednesday after hurting his calf in training.

Amid concerns over star Kylian Mbappe, Verratti is also in some doubt for the Champions League quarter-final against Atalanta on August 12.

Tuchel said he was concerned about Verratti, although he was still unsure about the severity of the Italy midfielder's injury.

"We're worried because he took a nasty hit. It's a big injury," he told a news conference.

"Now we will wait. I don't know exactly today's diagnosis, I have to talk with the doctor.

"But we are worried."

PSG will face either Atletico Madrid or RB Leipzig in a semi-final if they can get past Atalanta.

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