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PSG coach says Neymar fit to face Bayern, downplays penalty row

PSG coach says Neymar fit to face Bayern, downplays penalty row

"PSG formally denies reports which say Cavani would abandon penalties in exchange for the automatic payment of a bonus", the club said in a statement.

Carlo Ancelotti's side looked in good spirits as they were put through their paces ahead of the titanic clash, which could go a long way to deciding who finishes on top of Group B.

Wednesday's opponents Bayern have been critics of the French side too.

"We need to enjoy this game, because this is one of the first times that I feel we are on an equal foot with Bayern Munich", PSG midfielder Marco Verratti said.

The president of Spain's La Liga, Javier Tebas, recently accused PSG of "laughing" at UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules with their signings of Neymar and Mbappe, who had also been a target for Real Madrid.

PSG, and more specifically their vainglorious owners, deserve every bit of grief this sorry, childish palaver generates for them.

The French league side has thus made a priority of winning the Champions League in its quest for respectability, but has endured setbacks in the competition so far, the latest one coming last season with a humiliating exit in the round of 16 against Barcelona.

"It would be in my interest to have great players around me because, if you're playing with good players, it makes your job a lot easier".

'Penalties will be taken by a couple of players, ' said Emery. "I want to do things as Joshua Kimmich".

Cavani is off to a flying start this season, scoring nine goals and two assists in just eight appearances, granted though that seven of those goals came in seven games in the weaker Ligue 1. "Now we have credibility in the Champions League". Cavani took the spot-kick but failed to score.

PSG boss Emery confirmed that "Neymar and Angel [Di Maria] will be there" on Wednesday evening after the two missed Saturday's goalless draw at Montpellier, although Javier Pastore remains unavailable with the Spaniard saying "Javier is continuing his recovery".

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