|Club as Coach||Paris Saint-Germain [PSG]|
2010 11 12 Retrieve
[Mainz Coach Thomas Tuchel Proud Of Lewis Holtby & Andre Schuerrle’s Germany Call-Ups] This nomination is a reward for their strong performances and this is also great for us as a club. Particularly since we have two players who, before this season, nobody would have had down as candidates for this. The other players in our team have also played their part in this. They have contributed to the development of Lewis and Andre because you can only shine when you are in a good team. Let’s not also forget that we now have 10 international players.
[Looking ahead to their match against Hannover at the weekend] To be able to survive against Hannover, we are going to have to latch on to our recent home games, and that also includes our last two
2017 01 20 Retrieve
[Tuchel backs Schurrle to prove himself as Aubameyang replacement] Andre will be the one starting up front, assuming nothing weird happens on the training pitch. He interprets the striker role in his own way and can give us something extra. This is a big chance for Andre to show what he can do. He interprets the striker role in his own way and can give us something extra. This is a big chance for Andre to show what he can do. We have 18 games left to close the gap and catch the teams in front of us.
2017 02 18 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel thinks Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich side were not as impressive as his Barcelona sides] They were incredibly consistent, but they were no longer entertaining romantics like at Barcelona or during his first six months at Bayern. I remember a game where Bayern were trailing and he played two strikers up front, I think Claudio Pizarro and Mario Mandzukic. At Barcelona, he would have rather lost as a protest than play with two big strikers
2017 06 04 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel during the 2015/16 season in which the BVB boss lost his bet with Aubameyang that the striker would not score 20 league goals - he ended with 25] I’m very happy to be his coach. When you see how he set up both our goals in a 2-0 win in Mainz and how he celebrated, even though it was Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan who scored, it warms my heart
2018 05 26 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel speaks at his introductory press conference as PSG new head coach] This is Paris, it’s magnificent, the city of love, the city of light. It is a romantic city and a city for adventure. I would love our supporters to fall in love with the team and that the brightest players play here
2018 09 25 Retrieve
[Marcus Thuram has, however, opened his goal account for the current campaign and taken in a memorable outing against legendary Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon – with the 40-year-old PSG star a former Parma colleague of his father] Ligue 1 is a very tough championship physically, with very strong players, like Guingamp’s Marcus Thuram, who runs fast, is strong, dribbles well and is good in the air.
2019 01 09 Retrieve
[Tuchel slams PSG arrogance but questions penalty decisions in Guingamp loss] I do not know if it’s deserved, we had a lot of chances. We played honestly with too much confidence. It’s hard to lose this match with three penalties. It’s a bit weird. The second seems questionable. There was nothing [there], it is a [normal] contact between the two players. They entered our box three times and won three penalties. We didn’t play with the necessary hunger. We lost the possibility of winning a trophy tonight. But in each defeat, there are things you can learn. It’s hard, but it’s necessary to keep growing, I hope it’s just an accident. We have to play with more consistency, we didn’t put the right ingredients in. We were too relaxed
2019 02 12 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel in September 2018 Interview] There is no success without a real relationship with the players
2019 03 02 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel on working with Kylian Mbappe] Everyone in the locker room knows how reliable and super important Mbappe is, but I don’t rank players. He still has things he needs to improve, even if that’s hard to believe! Everyone pushes him to his limits and he is able to do that. He’s of massive importance this season
2019 09 18 Retrieve
[PSG boss Tuchel says Benzema one of the most underrated players in the world] It feels like he’s been at Real Madrid for 25 years! He’s top class and very difficult to defend against because he doesn’t only play as a number nine. He goes wide, he goes everywhere. He has a lot of quality and crosses well, he’s good at headers… what more can I say?
[About former Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas] Of course it’s special for him. He was Real Madrid’s goalkeeper for a long time and had a lot of success in that team.
The goalkeeper position in special because you have to take responsibility for your mistakes alone, but he’s very strong mentally – that’s why he played at Real Madrid and I’m happy he’s with us. He’s always smiling, he’s calm and has a great spirit
2019 12 05 Retrieve
[Tuchel can’t explain PSG’s struggles despite Nantes win] I do not know. It’s a good question. I am convinced that we have desire but it is hard. It was hard today and we feel like it’s hard for us for a few games now. My team has desire but it’s hard for us. We lost four balls in the first four minutes - easy balls! This is not possible if you want to control a match, play offensively and be the team that has possession
We show desire but we lose confidence. We make bad decisions right now, we do not play free. I do not know, maybe it’s not the only reason, but I’ll watch the game again tomorrow [Thursday]
2019 12 05b Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel said he is saddened by Edinson Cavani’s situation as the out-of-favour forward struggles for game time] I spoke with him. We both know it’s very difficult for him. It’s not only a difficult decision for me, it’s also sad. We played a lot of games with three strikers including one number nine. Cavani was injured at the beginning of the season, it’s not his fault. Mauro Icardi played very well during that period, he scored a lot. If we play in 4-3-3, we have three extraordinary players for a position in front [as number nine], Kylian Mbappe, Mauro and him. I’m sad because I don’t have a solution [to include him in the line-up] right now. He doesn’t deserve that, he’s very professional, in a good state of mind in the locker room, he gives a good energy to the team. But right now I don’t have much playing time to give him
2019 12 08 Retrieve
[Tuchel: Neymar and Mbappe starting to click for PSG again] It’s not easy for them both. They have both been away and are only now starting to really play together this season. It was hard for Kylian to play long minutes, while Neymar, who has more experience, responded very well in this difficult atmosphere. In the end, they made us win the match, right?
[Tuchel praised his players for handling an intimidating home support and difficult playing surface at Montpellier] It was a great victory, a good game. It’s really hard to win here on a horrible pitch in a very hostile atmosphere. They put in a lot of intensity, but we responded by showing quality. We also put in intensity for 90 minutes, and it was necessary because, at the end, it became difficult for them to run. We gave the answer with our quality and mentality. We remained calm. It was an extraordinary match, a great victory deserved, and congratulations to my team
2019 12 10 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel says Mbappe must accept his decisions] Kylian is not difficult to manage but he has a unique mentality. It is normal that he always wants to win. He must accept being subbed off and show respect to other players like Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
[Tuchel hinted he is considering squad rotation against Galatasaray as the Ligue 1 champions have a five-point lead at the top of the table] I am convinced that we are ready for tomorrow. All players want to play and it is necessary that they all have time to play with all of the games that are coming. We have to show that we can play as a team; it’s what you need to do to accomplish great things
2019 12 12 Retrieve
[Neymar giving Edinson Cavani the opportunity to score a late penalty proves Paris Saint-Germain’s star-studded team are working as one] It was a nice gesture. Everyone can see, Ney is very sensitive. He gave the ball to Edi and it’s a good symbol for the team. Neymar was already super important and very good at Montpellier [a 3-1 win on Saturday]. He was decisive for us and he’s getting better. He worked hard today, won lots of balls and did well defensively. He’s finding his form. It’s easier for him now. Cavani lacked rhythm and that was my fault and the fault of injuries. It was important for him to score. It’s the best way to get confidence and I’m very happy for him
2019 12 14 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel has refuted suggestions Kylian Mbappe is difficult to manage] No - we talk too much about that. Kylian always wants to play. Sometimes he is disappointed and he shows it. Perhaps you have the impression that he is not easy to manage. But no. It only lasts a few minutes. He’s smart
They’re a very competitive team that plays with a very big atmosphere behind them; a bit like in Montpellier. They are a very physical, very compact team, which plays with many systems. It is not clear what to expect. It will be a tough game but we are in good shape and ready to play
[Tuchel happy with the Brazilian’s commitment to the cause following a summer of transfer talk] I’m very happy. He can show that he’s a very important player for us. He’s a player with a big heart. In the last game (against Gala), he was super reliable, he played with a lot of intensity. Everyone saw him, and for that, it changed. I’m convinced that he wants to continue like this. It’s good for everyone, for our fans and the club as well
2019 12 16 Retrieve
[Saint-Etienne fireworks display in PSG clash injures stewards] I never saw anything like that. It was a little too much, right? It was like New Year’s Eve
We have defended very well, with great intensity, always together. This is a good time for us, victory is deserved. We had a lot of chances to score. We recovered a lot of balls high up in the opposing field. We never stopped defending, even after the red card. It was good, I’m happy. Congratulations to the team
[Brazilian star Neymar also missed a penalty in the 62nd minute having handed spot-kick duties to Edinson Cavani mid-week] I’m always a little nervous as a coach, that’s normal. When he shoots, normally, I’m pretty sure he scores. He’s sad because he still wants to score, it was a great opportunity for him. But he’s going to kick the next penalty, and I’m sure he’ll score again
2019 12 17 Retrieve
[With the January transfer window fast approaching, Tuchel insisted Neymar, 27, was in a good frame of mind in the French capital] Between him and me, not much has changed. We have always had a good relationship. He’s happy and expects the team to continue to grow. He is accepted in the dressing room. He is extraordinary and is gaining physical capacity at the moment. He still has a big heart, he always speaks frankly. He loves football and playing in a competitive team. We can enjoy it, it’s great
2019 12 22 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel believes Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are motivating each other after starring in a 4-1 win over Amiens on Saturday] What does that mean, better? They play very well together. They’ve regained confidence and fitness, that’s the most important thing. They defend with a lot of intensity, they’re dangerous together because they like to play together. They’re very close together on the field and we want to play like that. We want to have 10 accomplices on the field. What’s better? Maybe to keep it that way. I don’t know. We need to have the same spirit and the same style, the same hunger to win, to score, to work together when we start the second part of the season. That’s the challenge of doing that every game, being on the field and working together. It gives satisfaction after the game, and our fans can feel that. It’s also going to give a lot of energy
Neymar, after 88 minutes, he defends 20 yards from our goal and closes spaces. He ran a lot defensively, it’s really amazing. He’s in a good phase. Neymar motivates Mbappe, and Mbappe motivates Neymar, that’s good. With everybody else, we play like a team. The challenge is to keep that spirit and that way of playing
2019 12 23 Retrieve
[PSG boss Thomas Tuchel comments on Edinson Cavani] Edinson Cavani is a little bit injured. He felt a little muscle pain after the penalty [against Galatasaray]. That’s enough in order for him not to be available
2019 12 31 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel has admitted that there is no urgency to complete deals over the forthcoming window] There might be movement, but it’s not necessary. I’m very satisfied and very happy with the current squad. If players want to leave, we have to talk about it, to discuss it, but it’s not absolutely necessary
2020 01 04 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel expects Edinson Cavani and Leandro Paredes to remain Paris Saint-Germain players beyond the January transfer window] Paredes played a lot during the end of last year. He showed he is capable of being an important player and can influence our game. As for Edinson, I’ve said it before – it was difficult when he picked up an injury as he lost his rhythm and others played well. But he is here, in a good frame of mind and everyone has to prepare in the best way to be ready when needed. I trust them and think they will stay with us. It is not necessary to imagine anything else
[Tuchel is not pushing for new signings] Anything can happen, but I haven’t asked for anything. I love my team and my players. I like working with them and we have a good connection. There is no need for players to leave or arrive. If players are coming, okay. But as Leonardo said, he takes care of that and I take care of training. I’m calm with that
[And with a run of seven matches in the next month, including back-to-back Ligue 1 games with Monaco, Tuchel says it is inevitable his squad will be hit by injuries] We will do everything we can to protect the players, but honestly I think injuries will happen because it’s always like this
[Tuchel is demanding respect against the unknown quantity] We are the favourites to win, that’s clear. But we will play with respect and seriousness. We want to win and I’m waiting for us to win. To show our respect to the opponents, we will have to play seriously and regain our hunger to win. It’s a cup game, a decisive game and we’re here to win. I haven’t seen their ground. I don’t think it will be like the Parc des Princes. I hope it won’t be dangerous, but it’s okay – you have to adapt
2020 01 07 Retrieve
[PSG boss Tuchel has no desire to see Cavani leave in January] We need to make difficult decisions and we [Tuchel and Leonardo] have the same opinion. We don’t like to change during the winter. It’s not monopoly, it’s a locker room, men who get on well together and who have formed a spirit. Each player entering or leaving creates uncertainty. If it’s not necessary to change, that’s fine. I am happy with the group
[PSG have not suffered with Cavani’s decrease in playing time, as Icardi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have scored 28 Ligue 1 goals between them] It depends on the quality of others and of him. It’s healthy competition between attackers. Kylian and Mauro have been great together. Edinson is fighting for his place. This is what we ask of him. He can do it. He’s a great player, we never forget about him, but there is great competition. They can all play, but I can’t promise anyone anything
It’s good and I’m happy for Edi, but we played with Edi, Julian Draxler, Pablo Sarabia and Adil Aouchiche against a team from the sixth division. They played well but that’s what we expect of them. This is the best thing for Edi and the attackers because it gives confidence, but we can’t forget what Mauro, Neymar, Kylian and Angel [Di Maria] did for several games. They have the opportunity to start together tomorrow [Wednesday]. We are a great team, we need each player in good shape
2020 01 11 Retrieve
[‘Super reliable’ Mauro Icardi impact at PSG impresses coach Tuchel] I’m very impressed with Mauro Icardi. I met him here for the first time. The guy is super reliable and very, very professional. He understands football tactically, works defensively and is very, very efficient. His work and his reliability for the team is very impressive, but I don’t want to talk about the purchase option
We are more reliable and beefier than in 2019. Our team has matured with the recruitment of the pre-season. There is a good frame of mind. We have a great team with healthy competition and I want to maintain this good level. We attack together and we defend together. This is perhaps one of the most beautiful things in football. A team cannot win with five players. The best level requires playing as a team.
If you want to play 4-4-2, there are a lot of things to do and spaces to protect. Everyone has to do what is necessary and the players are doing it at the moment. With 4-4-2, the sides have to be more careful about defensive replacement than when playing in 4-3-3.
I want players who are free to attack, but who also protect the spaces. I’m asking of my offensive players that they try to chase the ball in order to achieve a high pressure and recover the ball quickly. We have players capable of doing this counter-pressing. Neymar is smart enough to do it, Mauro Icardi or Angel Di Maria and Pablo Sarabia, too. We always find the best possible mix for us to keep this balance
2020 01 16 Retrieve
[Tuchel is adamant he wants Cavani to remain as part of his squad] If there can be departures and arrivals in the group? It’s still possible in football, I can’t say. Cavani? We have to ask Edi the question. He is injured. He felt something in training and he couldn’t be there. If I want him to stay? It’s better, to achieve our goals, to have him, yes
2020 01 15 Retrieve
[Tuchel says Mbappe linking with Mauro Icardi like he did with Radamel Falcao at Monaco] Yes, it’s a bit similar because Falcao is kind of similar to Mauro, he really likes to play as number nine, and he can play alone. Kylian moves more, he moves fast on the wings. It’s a good combination, it’s good for both of them, they like to play together and they are dangerous together. It’s good because we always have two players in the last third and it’s hard to defend against. It’s a good mix
[Tuchel must shuffle his pack with four consecutive away games on the agenda before the end of this month] It’s bad for the players, they’re dead! They never sleep. We always have to manage when we train and when we let them sleep because sleeping well is the best thing to recover. It’s been proven. But we never sleep. We lose the rhythm. If we do it once, okay, but if we do it four times during two weeks, we go to bed at 3am, 4am, 5am. It’s tough
2020 01 18 Retrieve
[Arsenal dealt Kurzawa blow as PSG boss Tuchel says Ligue 1 giants need full-back] I haven’t spoken with Layvin or anyone else about his departure this winter. Layvin Kurzawa is number two behind Juan Bernat in the left-back position. We need him and Layvin will play tomorrow (Sunday) against Lorient. He has played well recently
2020 01 18b Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel says Neymar has become the leader Paris Saint-Germain hoped he would be this season] For Neymar, there are a lot of words to describe him. But the best thing is to watch the games. He is really decisive for us, he closes spaces, he defends. He is the leader we hoped for and it is a really good time for him. The challenge is to keep going, to employ the same effort, the way of working and the mindset. It is good but it is just the beginning. It is only January
I am convinced that football is based on team effort. We attack together and we defend together and if we do that, we are a dangerous team. If not, we are an average team and you cannot win any big thing as an average team
[Tuchel was also asked about Arsenal’s interest in Layvin Kurzawa] I haven’t spoken with Layvin or anyone else about his departure this winter. Layvin Kurzawa is number two behind [Juan] Bernat in the left-back position. We need him and Layvin will play tomorrow (Sunday) against Lorient
2020 01 21 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel concedes Edinson Cavani has lost confidence this season] For now he is on the bench and lacking game time. He is lacking rhythm and confidence. [Confidence] is the most important thing, especially for goalscorers, but that’s the way it is. In big clubs, there are players with a lot of quality but there is tough competition and it is not easy for him. I am aware of it and I understand it completely and I am very happy to see that he is still professional. If someone is injured, we will have a wonderful substitute. If he is able to find a rhythm again, we will be able to put him on the pitch and someone else on the bench. But he is lacking it, so it is really difficult to only help during one game. We still have this in mind but this is why it would be better for him to be part of the group, but he still has problems with his groin
[Though Tuchel is planning to keep Cavani, he is aware the situation could change before the transfer window shuts] I said many times, I love the group, the players, each of them. We don’t want to lose a player but sometimes it can happen. This is the reality. I still feel the same way, maybe nothing will happen, so I am quiet. Edinson is one of our players and I am happy with that. If things have to change, we will adapt. Now, he is here and part of my dressing room. If things change we will think about it later. We need to wait a few days until he is fit again. Then he will have to fight to find a spot on the team and during the season it is not easy. He has been injured too many times but it is not his fault, nor was it our fault. He’s had to do too many individual sessions and this is why he is lacking confidence, he is not playing enough or scoring enough but we can’t think about it too much because he is injured
2020 01 22 Retrieve
[PSG coach Thomas Tuchel understands Cavani’s frustration but insists the forward is still a key part of his squad] For now he is on the bench and lacking game time. He is lacking rhythm and confidence. [Confidence] is the most important thing, especially for goalscorers, but that’s the way it is. In big clubs, there are players with a lot of quality but there is tough competition and it is not easy for him.
I am aware of it and I understand it completely and I am very happy to see that he is still professional. If someone is injured, we will have a wonderful substitute. If he is able to find a rhythm again, we will be able to put him on the pitch and someone else on the bench. But he is lacking it, so it is really difficult to only help during one game. We still have this in mind but this is why it would be better for him to be part of the group, but he still has problems with his groin
2020 01 22b Retrieve
[PSG seem to have granted Cavani’s wish to depart, it is not a good look for PSG to have such an icon pushing to leave] We don’t want to lose a player, but it can happen, that’s the reality. It is not an easy situation for him. I can understand him. I am very happy that he remains positive and professional. If someone is injured, we have an extraordinary replacement
2020 01 25 Retrieve
[Tuchel and Sarri confirm Juve and PSG swap talks for Layvin Kurzawa and Mattia De Sciglio] It is not decided. There are things between the clubs and Layvin Kurzawa, but he is there, he is our player. Today, everything is not clear and we decided that he will not be with the group for tomorrow in order to reflect and manage certain things. The situation is very recent. It happened the day before yesterday and I think that it is necessary that we reflect to find a solution. This is why he will not be making the trip tomorrow to Lille. But I remain calm
[Chelsea enquirs a loan deal for Cavani while Atletico Madrid are reportedly lining up a bid in excess of €10 million] He (Cavani) has been training with us for the past few days, but the situation is not clear for him either. And for that, he will not be available for tomorrow
2020 01 28 Retrieve
[PSG boss Tuchel delivers transfer update on Chelsea target Cavani and Juventus-bound Kurzawa] Edi (Cavani) not with the squad tomorrow. I need to speak with Layvin (Kurzawa). But today there is no news (about their future in Paris)
2020 01 29 Retrieve
[Layvin Kurzawa has been named in Paris Saint-Germain’s squad to face Pau on Wednesday after a proposed swap deal with Juventus full-back Mattia De Sciglio was called off] It is not decided. There are things between the clubs and Layvin, but he is here, he is our player. Today, everything is not clear. The situation is very recent. It happened the day before yesterday and I think that it is necessary that we reflect to find a solution. But I remain calm.
2020 01 30 Retrieve
[Head coach Thomas Tuchel is only too aware of the importance of rest to his players] It’s been proven that sleeping well is the best thing for recovery. Playing late once, OK, but doing it four times in two weeks and going to bed at 3, 4 or 5am, it’s hard, honestly
2020 01 31 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel confirms Edinson Cavani’s short-term future is at Paris Saint-Germain] There are worse situations. It’ll be fit, he feels good. He must regain confidence and regain his rhythm. That’s normal for an attack. He’s a great player for the club and we’re used to being together. It’s going to start again tomorrow for him, so we’ll see
Anyone in the squad can start, and that’s the same thing with him. He’s missed several weeks so because of that we have to be patient, too. He’s not going to play his best match tomorrow. But if he can find his best level, he will be a very important player for us.
[Thomas Meunier’s situation is up in the air, with the right-back also out of contract in the summer] Thomas Meunier’s a very important player for us this season. As for the rest, that’s not between the coach and the player. There’s a great mix of opinions between the agents, the player and the club. I’m satisfied with Thomas. He’s playing well, he’s working hard and he’s a big player for us. I’ve got lots of confidence in him, but for the rest, we’ll have to be patient
2020 02 01 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel says Neymar’s birthday party is a ‘distraction’] It’s a distraction, that’s clear. But I will always protect my players, because I love them very much. I prefer to talk about certain things inside the group, when it’s a little bit critical. It can give the image that we are not professionals. But I don’t think everything is all white or all black. I know people like to talk this way, and that’s a bit of a shame. That’s also why I don’t want to talk about it too much, but yes, it’s a distraction
2020 02 01b Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel said he needed a good night’s sleep before determining whether Kylian Mbappe will be punished for his angry reaction to a substitution] I’m the coach, someone has to decide who goes out and who comes in. It’s me. [Mbappe] is very intelligent, he knows what he is doing. He doesn’t like going out, nobody likes going out. These are not good images, but we are not the only club that has to deal with this sort of thing. It’s not good, because it opens up subjects that go against the team’s state of mind. Too bad. I am not angry, but I am sad because it is not necessary. I explained to him why we did this, and it will stay that way. I will always decide the technical aspects. We don’t play tennis, we play soccer and we have to respect everyone
I don’t know, I have to think, I have to sleep. I will make a decision tomorrow. We have training at 11am, we will talk about the match with the group. I’ll see if I talk about this or if I do it individually. It will depend on my night’s sleep to
2020 02 03 Retrieve
[Tuchel plays down Mbappe spat and claims striker will not force PSG exit] I can’t think that Mbappe might use this situation as a reason to leave the club. He is one of our players, he has a contract. I took that decision and this is the coach’s job. It’s not personal between us. It’s just a thing between a player who doesn’t want to be substituted and a coach who has reasons to do so, because he has players on the bench who need and deserve to play. The problem is there are cameras, fans, journalists, and a lot of people want to talk about it. This is why I was sad. There were a lot of positive things to talk about on the pitch. I talked with Leo (sporting director Leonardo), as we usually do, at 11, after the game. But it will be between us and the staff, it stays in the locker room.
[Tuchel issued a defiant response when asked if he made the decision because it is easier for him to take off Mbappe rather than Neymar] If I wanted to be a politician I would work in politics. I am a coach. I can only think about sports. I made the decision to leave Mauro Icardi and Edinson Cavani on the bench, starting with Pablo Sarabia, they didn’t like that obviously. But that’s a sporting choice. Sometimes it’s better to have a left or right footed player, but I cannot think about politics. I cannot think it is hard to leave an individual on the bench.
I am convinced that the players and the dressing room, everyone understands those decisions because this is how it works. I am the coach and have to make hard decisions. It’s the same with substitutions. I decided that the game was finished. We have the possibility to let Pablo and Kylian leave the pitch and put Mauro Icardi and Edinson Cavani on the pitch because they deserved it. Julian Draxler could have played instead of Neymar, but I am not scared. Why should I be?
I decided that Leandro Paredes deserved [to come on] because he was captain against Pau and played a great game. He deserved to start. This is why I wanted to give him some time on the pitch. I know it is hard for some players to accept, but in the end, for me, the only thing they have to accept are sporting things. If I start playing politics, I’m going to get lost. Everyone will put pressure on me and I’ll only substitute Tanguy Kouassi because he’s the youngest
2020 02 03b Retrieve
[PSG boss Thomas Tuchel insists his team selection for the Nantes game would not be influenced by the Neymar’s party] I always protect my players, and I really love my team. With this party, I accept that it is a bit difficult to protect the players, but the context is not simply black or white. Is it the best way to prepare for a match? No, clearly not. Is it the worst thing in the world? No. It is a shame, because we are giving people the chance to speak badly of us. We need to adapt to the situation, but I am not going to leave a player on the bench or at home because they went out and celebrated
[Kylian Mbappe reacts angrily to being substituted] There is nothing personal between him and me. These things happen. It was between a player who does not want to come off, and a coach who had his reasons for doing something, and who wanted to give a game to players who deserved it
2020 02 05 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel says Presnel Kimpembe may have been guilty of ‘overconfidence’ with the mistake that preceded a tense finale in Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-1 victory over Nantes on Tuesday] Sometimes it’s like that. The pitch was difficult and I am impressed with the way we played for 70 minutes. It was excellent. We were aggressive and we had total control. We could have made 4-0 and after one mistake, it was 2-1. It may be overconfidence, but it can happen. You shouldn’t take too many risks. They had opportunities and played with great courage afterwards. It’s football. But the most important thing is that we had quality, and we always had opportunities to score the third. But the mentality is excellent
[Asked for his assessment of Mbappe’s display] He played a top match
In the second half, we had big chances, but we didn’t score and we didn’t kill the match. We knew that Nantes play well at home and remain aggressive. They pushed and it was not easy. I don’t think [Kimpembe’s mistake] made us doubtful. We felt like we were always in control. In matches, there are always mistakes. We are a team and we are here to win
2020 02 08 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel refuses to get worried about Mauro Icardi’s contracts] I hope he [Icardi] will regain his rhythm, his confidence and that he will score goals again. But he remains an important player and we also see that Edi [Cavani] is also gaining in capacity.
[Tuchel insists renewals are not in his remit] I feel the players very confident, very strong. Thiago is my captain, nothing has changed, it’s the same for Thomas. I see them as very professional players. Thomas plays a lot, he is super important for us. Both are awesome and I’m glad they’re here, I don’t think it [the contract situation] bothers [them]. Contracts are not things that a coach decides. It happens between the agents, the families and the club too. There are several opinions, and for me it doesn’t change anything. Thiago is my captain, Thomas is my right side right now because he shows that he has the qualities to play
[Tuchel was similarly glowing regarding Pablo Sarabia, who has proven a useful option] He’s a guy who does his job well. He is extraordinary, he has the talent to play in our team. He is super decisive and brings something different to the team. It’s good we have players like that. He’s important to us and it’s good because we need him. A strong team isn’t just 11 players. We gained personality with him
2020 02 10 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel Says Edinson Cavani Is ‘Stronger’ After Staying at PSG in January] Whenever there’s competition it’s good. We need all the players. I’ve always said that. You can feel that Edi is stronger in training at the moment because things are clear after the [market]. It’s been like that for a few days now.
He made a very good entrance [in the game], he put in a very important goal. It’s good for him and for us. Because we need all the players with experience and quality like Edi. That’s necessary. They are in good shape and that’s good
2020 02 11 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel insists PSG will be patient with Neymar’s recovery] Neymar is injured, we have to be patient and careful with him. We are going to decide [if he can play] after training.
[Tuchel confirmed it was too early for Marquinhos to return from a calf problem] Honestly, I can only decide after Amiens. As you know, I never want to play without Marqui. He’s a super important player, a key player for us. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, what will happen in Amiens (next weekend)
[The general consensus on Tuchel’s side is they cannot be considered a true superpower until they conquer Europe] We can also say that it is our fault. PSG history is like that. With matches like Barcelona, Madrid and Man U, we can’t wait for everyone to be positive. But for me, it doesn’t change anything. I’m with the team every day, I’m super happy that we are in the round of 16. It is a dream for everyone to play the Champions League with a competitive workforce, in a club like PSG. We remain positive, and we can only influence the context. We don’t want to be influenced by the outside. It’s sport and in sport, you must always try again and never give up
2020 02 11b Retrieve
[Tuchel uses Roger Federer comparison to hit out at PSG’s perceived Champions League struggles] If I tell you not to think about a pink elephant, you will think about it. You have to accept the context. I said after [being eliminated by] Manchester United, ‘guys, we will try again next year’. The group stage, the last 16, that’s how it is. It’s the same for tennis. Everyone thinks that Roger Federer has always won, but it’s not like that.
We are confident, we have improved. We have a good group. I am grateful for this chance. The first game was never a problem, everyone will talk about the second game. It is sport and it must remain sport. We can also say that it is our fault, with the matches against Barcelona and Man United. We lost these matches there and we cannot wait for everyone to be super positive. For me, that does not change. We are here every day with the team, we are very happy to be in the last 16. It’s a dream for everyone to play in the Champions League with a club like PSG. We always remain positive, you can only influence the context by giving everything you have. It’s up to us, we don’t let ourselves be influenced from the outside. The context doesn’t make things easier, but it’s sport, that’s how it is. Try, try again and never give up
2020 02 13 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel says Neymar won’t be risked for PSG’s Champions League clash with Dortmund if not fully fit] I can’t say that he will be 100 per cent to play against Borussia Dortmund. We will discuss and decide on Friday, the latest possible time to do so. We can’t risk his fitness
We aren’t going to take risks against Amiens, it’s clear. We will have a strong team, but if we have little doubts, we won’t take risks
[PSG sailed into the Coupe de France semi-finals thanks to the midweek demolition at Dijon] Dijon started very aggressively, took a lot of risks and put in a lot of effort. We were also very focused, and battled for second balls. We were very careful but were able to step up our tempo. We were patient and played quickly, simply and created space in the second half. We controlled the game and scored two more goals quickly
2020 02 14 Retrieve
[PSG boss Tuchel confirms Neymar set to feature against Dortmund] For Neymar, we have to decide with the doctor after the test. Whether he plays tomorrow or not […] he will be in Dortmund for sure, but maybe not at his best like he was two weeks ago. But I am convinced he will help us and with this game we will keep going, and we hope he will be uninjured and be able to play a few games in a row until the end of the season
[Tuchel explained he wanted Neymar to play in every game] Yes, but I cannot push him. I have the advice of the medical staff but we decide together. I want him to play all the time. There are a lot of things to think about. There is the opinion of the medical staff, the player, the feeling that the player is not worried about playing. We need to talk to one another and think about it, but in the end we have to make very clear decisions. No risks against Lyon and no risks against Dijon. In the end he agrees and I think it is a good thing because we will make the common decision together
[Tuchel stressed he had no complaints over Neymar’s trip to Germany on Thursday to promote a clothing range] I knew about it for a few weeks. It was organised with the club. It was clear for almost six weeks. It’s not a problem
2020 02 15 Retrieve
[Tuchel said of Neymar who has been absent since picking up a rib injury during a 5-0 win over Montpellier on February 1] He will be in Dortmund for sure, but maybe not at his best like he was two weeks ago. I want him to play all the time, but in the end, we have to make very clear decisions
2020 02 15b Retrieve
[Tuchel throws doubt on Neymar’s Dortmund availability] I can’t say today. We’ll have to wait until tomorrow’s training session. We have to check everyone tomorrow. We weren’t focused enough at the start of the match, that’s all. It shows that we’ve played 21 or 22 games while being very strong and focused, but today was not like that. There are reasons. We chose to have absentees, we left a lot of players at home. It’s normal, it’s a situation before a decisive match in the Champions League. Because of that, we didn’t find our real mentality in this match
2020 02 17 Retrieve
[Tuchel says Neymar will play in Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League last-16 first leg against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday] Neymar is here, he is feeling well. He trained today [Monday] and will be playing tomorrow if nothing happens during training. Obviously, it changes everything if he plays and I hope it will be a positive thing. If we have Ney on the field, he has the ability to do decisive things. That changes everything: for his team-mates, for Kylian. It gives me confidence, but also the team. That seems obvious to me
The bigger the match, the greater the pressure, the less you have to add. Before a match like this we have to prepare, but prepare for it several months before kick-off. I have the feeling that we have been ready for several weeks. Now is the time to prove it. It’s difficult in this stage, I don’t know if it’s possible for 90 minutes but we have to play with a lot of intelligence. Things get emotional, we will have to adapt. It’s a very high-level match in a stadium with huge supporters. We have to stay calm and attentive
2020 02 19 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel felt Neymar’s lack of competitive matches] We have made twice as many matches as Dortmund in recent weeks. We have had injury concerns with key players, they lack the rhythm, the hardness of the competition, as we saw with Neymar. Our possession of the ball was not stable enough for this not to be a physical match. There was this physical side to this match, in addition, we made too many mistakes in unnecessary positions. We were lacking in timing. We lost a little confidence, and form. I thought it would be a more open game
[Tuchel, who felt his side played with fear, also backed Mbappe to learn from a difficult outing] I knew it would be a tough game for him. He had to be very, very patient. We know that the technical relationship between him and Ney is good. Ney lacked rhythm, competition. Kylian made an assist. It’s a tough game for him, a game to grow. I trust him. We’re going to have a good game at the Parc [des Princes].
2020 02 22 Retrieve
[Tuchel ‘not happy’ after seeing footage of PSG stars at Edinson Cavani, Mauro Icardi and Angel Di Maria’s joint birthday bash] I was really surprised yesterday afternoon when watching the video. You can be sure that we talked internally. I don’t want to talk about it now, but we talked about it within the club and it has to stay that way
You can be sure that we are not happy with this image. We talked together as a team and it is now an internal matter. I am here to improve my group. I cannot give advice to the club, that is not my role
The leaked footage was a mistake. However, it had been planned for a long time. We needed to get together. We must be careful, though, as there are people who travel miles to follow us. There has been frustration at the result and poor performance [against Dortmund]. We know our strengths, especially at home. We must work hard and with a good mentality
[Neymar insists he was ready to return to action earlier] As I said before, it was a discussion between the club, medical staff and myself. With each injury we have to make many decisions, that’s the way it is. Imagine if we let him play, the injury got worse and he was out for three months. You would have asked the same questions, whether it was a mistake to play him. We have to think about why we are making these decisions and you have to trust me. We have talked a lot and it is the same with every player. Obviously I want him to play every game and we have to make decisions together. This is the decision we made between us. Now he needs to regain his rhythm.
It is never easy to start again after a defeat, but that is the challenge. I have the impression that all the players want to prove themselves. Sometimes the players are more competitive when things aren’t comfortable. That is exactly the mindset we are looking for
2020 02 24 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel: Neymar’s red card came from a human reaction] We have to talk about the whole situation. He is nervous and he reacts. It is human. He must not, but it is human. And the Bordeaux player does not even get a yellow card
The victory is the most important thing now because there are things to improve, it is clear. The players lack a little confidence after a defeat. It’s like that. We can see that a lot of teams in Europe after a defeat it’s always a little difficult to regain spirit and confidence
2020 03 04 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel says Neymar is calmer now after PSG sending off] He [Neymar] is calmer now. In Bordeaux he had a good match, unfortunately with a red card. It was not good, but it was like that. I have a feeling that he is calmer. He’s getting ready for tomorrow’s game, he’s going to play, it’s necessary. The most important thing is that he plays, that he is with us in this decisive phase. I am happy to play with him in Lyon. I have the feeling that he is really ready, that he is calmer, more confident, and that he has found his rhythm.
We have made twice as many matches as Dortmund in recent weeks. We have had injury concerns with key players, they lack the rhythm, the hardness of the competition, as we saw with Neymar. Ney lacked rhythm, competition. Our possession of the ball was not stable enough for this not to be a physical match. There was this physical side to this match, in addition, we made too many mistakes in unnecessary positions. We were lacking in timing. We lost a little confidence, and form. I thought it would be a more open game
2020 03 05 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel says PSG duo Mbappe and Neymar ‘very strong together’] Mbappe’s been very strong these last few weeks. He had a tough time in Dortmund playing in a different position. It was clearly difficult for him against Dortmund. With Neymar, they’re very strong together. After Dortmund, Mbappe showed a great reaction after every training session and during the games against Dijon and Lyon. He’s very strong, he uses his speed very well, he’s very decisive. He’s really in good shape
Neymar was very strong, he’s still dangerous. For him, the most important thing is that he plays. He’s a player who helps us to do extraordinary performances, with extraordinary results. He has to play, and it’s good that he played 90 minutes. It is also good to have another game to play before Dortmund against Strasbourg. He needs that, he has the ability to play a lot, and when he plays a lot, he is super strong
2020 03 06 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel not afraid of ‘weird things’ at Strasbourg despite past Neymar problems] No, it’s a football game and anything can happen. We can’t protect them. We have a past with Strasbourg, but I can’t think they can do weird things. I am not afraid. He took a hit against Lyon, so we have to decide. If he’s ready, he’ll play
[Neymar has returned to training ahead of schedule] I am more optimistic. He has no more pain. It’s the timing for him. It was possible that he might play 45 minutes [against Strasbourg]. [But] it’s too big a risk for Saturday with just one training session. We will have more intensity Saturday and Sunday for him here. I’m waiting for Monday; we will decide after. I speak with Thiago almost every day. He’s completely preparing for Wednesday’s game. He absolutely wants to play. We will decide Tuesday or Wednesday. This is the plan. We cannot push, be impatient
2020 04 01 Retrieve
[Club captain Thiago Silva’s current deal is also due to expire later in the year] Thiago is my captain, nothing has changed, it’s the same for Thomas Meunier. I see them as very professional players. Thomas plays a lot, he is super important for us. Both are awesome and I’m glad they’re here, I don’t think it [the contract situation] bothers [them]
2020 04 22 Retrieve
[Tuchel says Neymar is always reliable when the big matches come around] Ney is always the key, in attack and in defence. I must really say that he is always reliable when the big matches come around. He works hard, he’s always there, he’s very intelligent, he controls the passes. We saw that his capacities increased after the first match against Dortmund. Sadly, he was injured before that and hadn’t played before the first leg. But between the two legs, he improved physically and his capacities were enhanced. He gave everybody the impression that he was there, that he was taking on his responsibilities. That gave everybody the right impression: to me, to the team on the pitch, and it’s great
2020 06 18 Retrieve
[Tuchel on Neymar’s birthday party] I always protect my players, and I really love my team. With this party, I accept that it is a bit difficult to protect the players, but the context is not simply black or white. Is it the best way to prepare for a match? No, clearly not. Is it the worst thing in the world? No. It is a shame, because we are giving people the chance to speak badly of us. We need to adapt to the situation, but I am not going to leave a player on the bench or at home because they went out and celebrated
2020 06 26 Retrieve
[Thomas Tuchel believes Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League prospects are ‘different but not impossible’ after learning he will not be able to call upon Thomas Meunier and Edinson Cavani] All the players are important to create a group and a mentality and to lose these three [Cavani, Silva and Meunier] decreases the group. We have always played with these players and therefore we lose quality with their departures, that’s for sure. After that it will not be impossible and I am convinced that we will be very strong. We have to prepare this team for the two finals with a very good mentality. We played an extraordinary Champions League with everyone. It is different but not impossible
[Midfielder Adil Aouchiche will also seek pastures new, although Kouassi’s exit is the one preying on Tuchel’s mind] For Adil I can understand because it is difficult to fight for a place in midfield at a club like this. But for Tanguy, I’m sorry because it’s been a pleasure to work with him. It’s different because it’s no secret, I wanted to keep him with us. He played against Dortmund, the most important game of the season with the most tension and stake. He played at 17 when he had no contract. There was confidence, he would have had minutes, he could have been a key player. I can’t understand and I’m sad, but that’s how it is. It is difficult to understand this situation for him
[Julian Draxler could also be heading for the exit door] He is with us and for the moment. I only see the two finals and the Champions League. For me he is a very important player, I like working with him, he is ready. I count on him in the next four or five weeks for the finals and afterwards for the Champions League. After that is not my choice, we have to talk and make a decision together. I really like this player, I’m very happy that he is here
2020 06 29 Retrieve
[Thiago Silva, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Sergio Rico will all stay at Paris Saint-Germain until the end of the season]</b> We have always played with these players and therefore we lose quality with their departures, that’s for sure. After that it will not be impossible and I am convinced that we will be very strong. We have to prepare this team for the two finals with a very good mentality. We played an extraordinary Champions League with everyone. It is different but not impossible