RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann (c.) can count on Angelino (r.) to deliver against Kylian Mbappe (l.) and Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League. - © imago images / Poolfoto UCL
RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann (c.) can count on Angelino (r.) to deliver against Kylian Mbappe (l.) and Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League. - © imago images / Poolfoto UCL

5 reasons RB Leipzig will beat Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League... again!

RB Leipzig beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 when the sides met in their first UEFA Champions League Group H encounter three weeks ago. bundesliga.com looks at five reasons Julian Nagelsmann's side will make it a perfect two from two against the French champions…

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1) Angelino, devilishly good

When Timo Werner left Leipzig for Chelsea in the summer, few would have predicted that the man to pick up his goalscoring mantle would be a left-back. But Angelino has terrorised opposition defenders from his advanced starting position, plundering five goals and two assists in all competitions at a rate of one every 153 minutes.

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The Manchester City-owned Spaniard will come up against another attacking full-back in PSG's Alessandro Florenzi, but the Italian is abandoning a back four when he bombs forward, whereas Angelino invariably has three central defenders behind him. Here should be more wiggle room for the Leipzig man, and space is not something Paris can afford to give him.

2) Forsberg on the cusp of history

Not that Nagelsmann's opposite number Thomas Tuchel can afford to have tunnel vision for Angelino. Emil Forsberg has three goals and two assists at home and abroad so far this season, and the Swede will be more motivated than most to add to his tally.

Emil Forsberg scored the first of RB Leipzig's 30 UEFA Champions League goals to date against Monaco in the 2017/18 season. - imago images / ActionPictures

Forsberg scored Leipzig's first ever Champions League goal in a 1-1 draw with Monaco in September 2017, and one more strike would see him overtake Werner as the club's record goalscorer in the competition with eight.

He also has quite the record against French clubs, his winner in the 2-1 victory over PSG last time out the third time he has scored against a Ligue 1 outfit, having previously added to that Monaco strike with a goal against Lyon.

3) PSG absentees?

Nagelsmann likes to tinker, but most of PSG's rotation this season has been injury-enforced. Take Angelino's example. That spot on Leipzig's left wing has been his this term. Injuries mean PSG have already cycled through former Bayern Munich man Juan Bernat, Layvin Kurzawa and Mitchel Bakker in the same position with their domestic campaign just 11 games old.

Julian Draxler (l.) and Thilo Kehrer (r.) - who have 213 PSG and 229 Schalke appearances between them - are missing, depriving the hosts of some welcome German-language understanding. - imago images / Horstmüller

Bernat (knee) will be joined on the sidelines on Tuesday by former Schalke pair Julian Draxler (hamstring) and Thilo Kehrer (groin), as well as striker Mauro Icardi (knee), midfielder Marco Verratti (thigh) and suspended pair Presnel Kimpembe and Idrissa Gueye.

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have recently returned from injury and bring with them considerable attacking potency, but with so many different players used already, PSG's automatisms could well be lacking against a coach who knows how to capitalise.

4) Leipzig's French connection

With Draxler and Kehrer missing, Tuchel is likely to be the only PSG protagonist anywhere near the action who can understand the German instructions flying around the Parc des Princes.

Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano, Ibrahima Konate, Nordi Mukiele, Christopher Nkunku - who also scored, against his former club, in the previous meeting - and Amadou Haidara are all native French speakers.

With no fans in attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic, that's an added advantage for the visitors when the players' voices can be heard.

5) Red Bulls don't turn bleu on the road

Leipzig would be unlikely to be fazed by 50,000 baying French fans anyway. Die Roten Bullen have history on their side in that regard. Last season they won three of their four away games in the Champions League - against Benfica, Zenit Saint Petersburg and Tottenham Hotspur - whilst drawing the other.

"I'm telling you Emil, I feel good about it" - RB Leipzig have never lost a game in France in the Champions League. - imago images / Picture Point LE

Stretching back to a 4-1 win over Monaco at the Stade Louis II in November 2017, they have scored six goals in France and nine overall against French opposition. With Angelino, Forsberg and Nkunku among those fit and firing, Leipzig fans won't have too much fear of away day blues.