Champions League

Kimmich eager for Neymar test

2017-09-27 08:42
Joshua Kimmich (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Bayern Munich defender Joshua Kimmich is eager to test himself against the likes of Neymar when Paris saint-German host his team in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Die Roten are set to lock horns with the Parisians in a group-stage encounter at the Parc des Princes, and Kimmich is hoping to square off against Brazilian superstar Neymar.

"I'm looking forward to it," he told the club's official website. "Neymar is one of the best players in the world one-on-one.

"It's for games like this that you train every day. It's why you become a footballer, so you can play against the best in the Champions League."

It is, however, unclear whether or not the former Barcelona forward will be fit for the game after sitting out the goalless draw with Montpellier at the weekend due to an injury.

Meanwhile the encounter sees Ancelotti return to face PSG for the first time since he left the French capital in 2013 after an 18-month stint that saw him oversee their first Ligue 1 title triumph in almost 20 years.

Marco Verratti, who was just 19 when he arrived from Pescara in his native Italy, himself credited Ancelotti for helping him settle so quickly among the stars at the Qatar-owned club.

"He is like a father to me. I will be grateful for the rest of my life for the chance he has given me," the Italian international, nicknamed the 'Little Owl', said at the time.

Kick off is at 20:45.


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