Surprised by the scenario of the defeat against Monaco (3-2) after leading, to listen, 4-0, Thomas Tuchel was not down on Friday. Now it is time for him to prepare for the crucial Champions League meeting on Tuesday at the Parc des Princes, against Leipzig.
What bothers you the most about this defeat?
THOMAS TUCHEL. I don’t know if I’m angry. Like you, I saw two completely different halves. We mastered this game completely, we scored four goals. I really think the third (Editor’s note: marked by Kean but refused for offside) is regular. I don’t understand why he didn’t count. After that it was a different second half. We didn’t play with the same seriousness. Not aggressive enough, focused. We’ve lost control. At 2-2 we still make a big mistake (Editor’s note: loss of ball and gross foul by Diallo who gives Monaco a penalty). It was absolutely not necessary.
Do you blame your players for this second half?
I am honestly more surprised than angry. Yes there are changes, yes we are tired, yes this is the first time we played like that. There are a lot of reasons, but we had a good game in the first half… Maybe we thought the score was greater than 2-0. But it was not and it is never over against Monaco. We weren’t serious enough.
Four days away from a crucial match, is this a necessary reminder?
I don’t know… In any case, it’s not necessary for me! Maybe for us. It was indeed the last moment to understand what we have to do on the pitch to play this game on Tuesday. We will get some players back. We are going to prepare seriously, that is clear.
The positive point is the return of Kylian Mbappé?
It’s certain. He was amazing. He scored three goals ( Editor’s note: two granted ). He has always been dangerous. Neymar had a few minutes too. He will start against Leipzig.
Your full-backs Dagba and Kurzawa have been in trouble, does that worry you?
It was clear that Monaco had speed and like to attack from the sides. It was difficult for both to defend. It is necessary to be vigilant in duels. We will analyze and insist because we must do better, that’s clear.
Do you have doubts before Leipzig?
I know my team, I know the situation perfectly. For me it was possible to continue to win. It was a positive surprise that we have mastered so much in the first half. It was a big negative surprise that we lose everything we need in second. Yes, we will try to orchestrate things for Tuesday and we are able to win against Leipzig. It’s a final and we will prepare for this match as a final.
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