Reassured by the victory in Nantes (3-0) and the fact that Kean and Mbappé are ultimately not really injured, Thomas Tuchel did not fail to remind that one should not be too demanding with Paris at the moment.
Does it reassure you to see Paris continue its winning streak (seven in Ligue 1) despite a new original starting XI?
THOMAS TUCHEL. (he is surprised) Original? Yes, I am very happy. We are making a lot of changes because it is necessary. But it’s not normal that we are expected to be perfect every time, that we play spectacular matches. I know it’s difficult to play in Nantes and I don’t forget that we lack the most important thing to put on a show: the spectators. Something essential is missing in order to be very good. That’s how it lacks the energy, the connection, the atmosphere. And it’s really difficult for my team. That’s why I’m happy, we played a serious game. I felt good energy on the pitch for 90 minutes. There was more quality, freedom and maybe luck in the second half as well. That’s how football is, it’s a great victory.
You said before the game expect a lot from young people. Did Ruiz score any points?
Yes he had a good game but he has to show more.
What did you say to your players to make them look much better in the second half?
The team was also mentally tired, there were a lot of changes, I didn’t expect it to be easy from the start. We had to wait for the players to feel freer, more confident… We played better because we found shorter distances in the combinations.
Are you worried about Moise Kean and Kylian Mabppé a priori left injured?
It is only fatigue. For Kylian, I don’t think it’s an injury, just fatigue. Same for Kean. He took too many hits. He asked me if he could continue, I told him no, now is not the time to take risks
Can you count on other players in Leipzig?
I hope Paredes will return to training on Monday. Maybe Icardi too, but that’s not sure.
Kylian Mbappé was again decisive. Do you find that he is expanding his palette and still making progress?
Yes and it is necessary, he is very young and still has things to improve. It’s important to stay at a very, very high level. He was still decisive, that’s also what we expect of him because he is the key player here. He has the skills and the talent to make a difference for us. I hope that won’t change on Wednesday (Leipzig) and Saturday (Rennes) and that he will do it again.
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