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Draxler: PSG have the players to stop Pogba

Draxler: PSG have the players to stop Pogba

12 Feb 2019, 09:00

Paris Saint-Germain forward Julian Draxler believes his side have players capable of stopping Paul Pogba in Tuesday's Champions League clash.

The Ligue 1 leaders head to Old Trafford for the first leg of their last-16 tie against a United team who have shown resurgent form under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Pogba having been instrumental in their improved run.

Draxler, though, is confident his team-mates can keep Pogba quiet, telling a news conference: "They have got some great players at Man United, especially in midfield, with Pogba and (Nemanja) Matic. They will be key in the game.

"But we've got a lot of quality, too. Our players are more than capable. We stopped Paul sometimes in games between Germany and France. We'll see what he does. He can do everything, but we've got players capable of stopping Paul."

Angel Di Maria

Tuesday's game will see Angel Di Maria face his old club for the first time in a competitive match since he left for PSG for a reported £44million in 2015. With Neymar and Edinson Cavani out injured, Draxler hopes he and Di Maria can produce a positive display.

"I was asking him some things about Man United, but I won't tell you what he said - it was nothing bad!" Draxler said. "We will need him without Cavani and Neymar. Hopefully, he gives a good performance.

"I don't really know what position I will be playing, but I'm comfortable in lots of positions. I'm not the same type of player as Neymar and, clearly, we'll miss him. I'll try to put in a great performance."

Draxler does not consider either side to be favorites but is confident PSG will be able to overturn any negative result in the second leg at Parc des Princes on March 6.

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