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Name Thomas Tuchel
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Club as Coach Paris Saint-Germain [PSG]
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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 07 25 Retrieve

[No Matthijs de Ligt, no Frenkie de Jong, soon no Neymar? PSG have lost ability to attract world’s best stars] I like the player and, I’ve said it many times, he was a key player when he was on the field for us

2019 07 27 Retrieve

[Paris Saint-Germain vs Intermilan. Fans have been crowding the PSG base in Shenzhen in an attempt to glimpse the Brazil international] Every coach wants Neymar in the team, and so do I

2019 07 31 Retrieve

[Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has deflected talk on Neymar’s future and instead enthused about his reshaped midfield] There is nothing new [to report] about Neymar. For me, he is our player, we train with him. It’s a question for the club and Neymar. For me, he’s in the dressing room, he’s training, he’s still my player. There is nothing new

[After seeing the deal for former Everton man Idrissa Gana Gueye over the line] I’m very happy with his arrival. It’s no secret that we tried to sign him in the winter. He’s a player with a lot of quality and determination and they’re features that we need

[Tuchel also moved to answer concerns that Gueye and former Manchester United midfielder Herrera are similar and could not feature together] They are not the same type of player. They don’t play in the same position. Herrera is a No.8, a box-to-box player. Gueye is a holding midfielder, who gives us the opportunity to play with only one player in front of the defence. His best position, for me, is No.6 but he can also play with another player alongside him [in central midfield]. His ability to recover the ball means he’s a different type of player to Herrera

[Tuchel is hopeful Gueye will be available for PSG’s French Ligue 1 opener against Nimes on August 11] I hope he’ll have enough time to recover. He should be back with us around the time of the first Ligue 1 game. The PSG boss also hinted that his recruitment for the new season may not be finished.

[The PSG boss also hinted that his recruitment for the new season may not be finished] I’ve never finished a transfer window at the end of July. Things can be crazy in football

[Tuchel also answered questions over why Neymar has not featured in recent pre-season games] It would have been a big risk. When we travelled to Macau he’d not trained. From a medical point of view we decided it was a big risk to play him so he stayed at home in Shenzhen to improve his fitness. It would have been the same here in Suzhou [against Sydney]. He and Presnel Kimpembe will train on Wednesday for the first hour with the team

2019 08 02 Retrieve

[Neymar was like he always is, full of qualities and he showed that] When Neymar trained, he was excellent, in form. He had plenty of quality, like always. Everything was great yesterday. Neymar is in good spirits. It’s unfortunate that he’s suspended because it would have been good to have him with us. He and Verratti changed the atmosphere. They were smiling, it’s good

2019 08 03 Retrieve

[Thomas Tuchel applauded the early impact of new signing Pablo Sarabia following Paris Saint-Germain’s Trophee des Champions win over Rennes, though he is staying patient with Ander Herrera] We can see that their mentality is good. Herrera has yet to adapt to us. We play differently to Manchester United, so he has to adapt to our style of play. Pablo is really impressive. He runs well, with and without a ball. His game without the ball is a great example. He plays with a lot of intensity and does not stop [working] defensively

[But, following the signing of Idrissa Gueye from Everton, Tuchel expects to see Marquinhos return to his centre-back role with more regularity] I hope so. That would mean that Idrissa is playing at the level we expect. He [Gueye] plays exactly at this No.6 position. But Marquinhos, it is important that he is on the pitch. He’s only done three workouts and is already playing like that? It’s extraordinary. I like him a lot in the midfield, because he thinks of the right way and his passing quality is top

: 2019 08 07 PSG new boy Ander Herrera to miss up to four weeks with calf injury

2019 08 10 Retrieve

[Head coach Thomas Tuchel added, with Neymar still nursing a knock after previously sitting out Copa America duty with Brazil] It is my job to be coach. He is in an individual training phase, in and out of collective sessions. He is still a little injured. He took a knock and did not do a full week [of training]

[Kylian Mbappe has become a talismanic presence at Parc des Princes, at just 20 years of age] Our relationship is good. Yes, he is a star, but I do not think about him that way. I am always trying to find ways to get him to score. He wants responsibility, he is ready and he is mature

[He said when quizzed on possible incomings] I do not want to think about it too much. I will lose my mind. I am focused on my team and the guys we have here. They need me energy and attention. We will decide if things happen

2019 08 11 Retrieve

[Thomas Tuchel says he doesn’t know what the future holds for wantaway forward Neymar] I have no news on his future. He is with us. He was very decisive for us. If we lose Neymar, maybe I will not sleep. Because it would be hard to lose him and find another player who can do the same things for us. Maybe no news is good news. It’s hard not knowing. Because I want him at home. But we have to find solutions without him too. I’m trying to convince him to stay. But on the other hand, it’s a personal choice. It’s between him and the club

[Should Neymar get the move he has spent the summer angling for, it will be on Mbappe that the goalscoring burden falls] Mbappé asked for more responsibility. It seemed strange to me, but I know the guy. It was clear that he wants everyone to talk about it. He has his personality. Great players are like that

[Abdou Diallo, Pablo Sarabia, plus Premier League pair Ander Herrera and Idrissa Gueye have been brought in as the German looks to build a squad capable] I am satisfied with my team. We bought players like Herrera and Sarabia, who have good mentalities. Diallo also has responsibilities and is brave. And he can play with Gueye or Marquinhos. Gueye is the midfielder we have been missing, yes. He has a good state of mind. It’s important to have guys like that

2019 08 11b Retrieve

[Tuchel thought Neymar’s absence might calm tensions over his transfer stand-off] I have no news on his future. He is with us. He was very decisive for us. If we lose Neymar, maybe I will not sleep. Because it would be hard to lose him and find another player who can do the same things for us. Maybe no news is good news. It’s hard not knowing. Because I want him at home. But we have to find solutions without him too. I’m trying to convince him to stay. But on the other hand, it’s a personal choice. It’s between him and the club

2019 08 12 Retrieve

[Tuchel understands fan anger toward Neymar after taunts] It’s a little difficult, I don’t know what to say. I saw [the public’s reaction on Neymar] on my colleagues’ phones because I hadn’t heard that during the game. Can I understand that? Yes and no, that’s the way it is in our lives. The emotions are serious, the emotions are still there, okay. But on the other hand, Neymar is still our player, still my player, and I will always protect my players. He’s in the locker room, he’s here and I’ll protect him. I can understand that not everyone likes what he said and what he did. I understand, but we have to express a level to express our emotion

[Asked if PSG missed Neymar against Nimes] He is still missing, because he can find solutions that only he can find. He can open spaces with movements, accelerations, one against the other. It was a little lacking today to be more decisive in the first half. But we have to find other solutions, we have to give rhythm with passes, with intensive runs. But it’s clear, he’s Neymar, and he has extraordinary qualities. If he is not on the field, he is missing, but it is our challenge to find solutions. We still have to improve

[After Cavani broke the deadlock via the penalty spot in the first half, Mbappe and Di Maria put the result beyond doubt following the interval] The best thing is that they [Neymar and Mbappe] play together. It is not a question of whether Mbappe can give more when Neymar is not there. Kylian gives a lot, he’s been very focused for four weeks now. He puts a lot of intensity into training, into matches. It’s great for the team to improve. But the best thing is that Neymar is next to him

As I said last year, Mbappe is invited by the club to take more responsibilities every day. Taking responsibilities does not mean taking every penalty, hitting every corner or every free-kick. It’s not like that, there are many ways to take responsibilities, and he does that. He started this season with a lot of concentration, I’m very happy. He’s here, I have a feeling he’s happy. He has objectives for himself and the team, and he does everything to achieve them. He gives his opinion, and we’re going to keep developing that. He has a good relationship with everyone, he is reliable

2019 08 15 Retrieve

[Though fan sentiment has taken a turn, PSG coach Thomas Tuchel has stressed Neymar remains crucial to his cause] He was very decisive for us. If we lose Neymar, maybe I will not sleep. Because it would be hard to lose him and find another player who can do the same things for us. Maybe no news is good news. It’s hard not knowing. Because I want him at home. But we have to find solutions without him too

2019 08 17 Retrieve

[Tuchel says Neymar could stay at PSG despite absence from squad] He started the training session with us, but finished individually. It’s a little too early [for him] to start in a match, especially at Rennes’s home. He is my player and when I think of a strong team, it includes him. If there is no solution for him, he will stay with us. For now, nothing has changed. Neymar has three years left on his contract. He is sensitive, so I will always protect him. He needs to train with us and raise his intensity. I want to see him play at his best level for 90 minutes, with aggression and lots of dribbling

[While Neymar will not feature against Rennes, Idrissa Gueye is set to travel, though Tuchel suggested the former Everton midfielder would not be fit to start] Integration is easy with Idrissa: he can talk with everyone, he is very polite, humble. He has to adapt to our style of play, to our principles. It’s a little early for him, but he’s going to make the trip with us. He’s a player who can play at [number] six or eight but, for me, he’s better at six. That’s what we expect from him

2019 08 18 Retrieve

[PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has said that Neymar could still stay with the French giants] He started the training session with us, but finished individually. It’s a little too early [for him] to start in a match, especially at Rennes’ home. He is my player and when I think of a strong team, it includes him. If there is no solution for him, he will stay with us

2019 08 19 Retrieve

[Head coach Thomas Tuchel stood firm on his stance that PSG must keep hold of Neymar] He will not leave without recruitment, it is not possible. It’s clear - if he stays, we will have a player who will help us win. We lacked capacity for acceleration. There were small situations where space opened but we were not decisive

I always say the same thing, the transfer window is open even more than 10 days and you think it will be settled tomorrow or the day after tomorrow? What I think is not important. Today my player cannot play because he has not done any training like the others. This is the situation, and nothing has changed

[Edinson Cavani was gifted a 36th-minute goal by Rennes following an error from Damien Da Silva. Goals either side of half-time from M’Baye Niang and Romain Del Castillo handed Rennes all three points] It was a difficult match, but we expected it. We do not have everyone available. Some players only participated in two weeks of training. These situations are normal in August. We are not at our best. Against a physical team like Rennes, who gives everything, whose players run like crazy, in a match in prime time, it’s normal that it was complicated for us. We scored the first goal, we controlled the match and made mistakes. We had to close the match after the first goal. We were not able to do it. We conceded a goal with a two against one in the area. We got very close to the Rennes area, but we lacked tenacity to win against some offensive. In these conditions, it was difficult to create opportunities. We can lose a match like that, but we could win it too

[Despite a run of five away defeats in six league matches stretching into last season, Tuchel insisted he does not fear the sack and called for some patience] I’m a very happy man. There is no one who is putting more pressure on myself than me. It’s the same for every coach. We can play better than today. Things are not easy - everyone has improved in Ligue 1 and the Champions League. It’s time to be patient and to keep your confidence. We cannot question everything after a bad result

2019 08 24 Retrieve

[Thomas Tuchel has revealed Neymar could make his first appearance of the season for Paris Saint-Germain against Toulouse on Sunday] Neymar can play if the situation between him and the club is clear tomorrow. He is ready to play, but today the situation is not clear, maybe it will be tomorrow

The Neymar situation is unsettling. It helps nobody. Everyone is used to this sort of situation surrounding Neymar. The same thing happened when he was injured. It is normal with the biggest stars

2019 08 25 Retrieve

[PSG coach Thomas Tuchel overlooked Neymar, who left the Brazilian out of his squad to face Toulouse on Sunday] Neymar can play if the situation between him and the club is clear tomorrow. He is ready to play, but today the situation is not clear, maybe it will be tomorrow. The Neymar situation is unsettling, it helps nobody. Everyone is used to this sort of situation surrounding Neymar. The same thing happened when he was injured. It is normal with the biggest stars

2019 08 25b Retrieve

[Tuchel told a press conference about Neymar] Neymar can play if the situation between him and the club is clear tomorrow. He is ready to play, but today the situation is not clear, maybe it will be tomorrow. The Neymar situation is unsettling, it helps nobody. Everyone is used to this sort of situation surrounding Neymar. The same thing happened when he was injured. It is normal with the biggest stars

2019 08 25c Retrieve

[Tuchel wants swift resolution to ‘unclear’ Neymar situation] It has always been our goal to close this folder as soon as possible. Leonardo knows that I want to keep him. But that doesn’t depend only on him. The situation is not very clear, yes. And we must clear it up

[While a positive result, Tuchel’s night was soured with star duo Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe both forced off with injury] I do not know if it’s serious for Mbappe and Cavani. If they substituted, then that’s usually the case. I am a little disappointed because we were strong at that moment. And every injury is too much for me, because we want to work with the whole group. It’s difficult

[After the club’s shock loss 2-1 to Rennes last week, Tuchel conceded Neymar’s situation has taken its toll] It’s hard right? For everyone, the club, and for us, the players. But that isn’t an excuse. It isn’t because of that that we’ve been less focused tonight. Ney wasn’t here and we have to concentrate on ourselves, and about all we need to do this season

2019 08 26 Retrieve

[Thomas Tuchel said in the build up to Sunday’s clash that Neymar can return to the team once his situation is solved and reiterated after the game that he wants a swift resolution] Leonardo knows that I want to keep him. But that doesn’t depend only on him. The situation is not very clear, yes. And we must clear it up

2019 08 27 Retrieve

[Thomas Tuchel would certainly have welcomed a reunion with Ousmane Dembele, a player he spent one season coaching at Dortmund] Ousmane is an incredible player, really talented. I could watch his amazing skills in every training session. He’s also a great human being. He’s a little crazy. He’s a really nice boy but a little crazy. He loves to laugh, but can also have very serious conversations

2019 08 29 Retrieve

[After the squad list for the match was revealed, PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel provided an update on the Neymar situation, leaving open for a number of possiblities] His situation has not changed since the Toulouse match. All I can say is that I am calm, relaxed. The world of football can be crazy. Now is not the time to lose our heads. Anything could happen. Perhaps nothing will change. It is a bit late to impose a deadline. We will see on September 2

[And Tuchel, who coached Ousmane Dembele at Borussia Dortmund, refused to be drawn in on questions over his former charge] Dembele? We know each other. A lot of things are said. I will not speak about a player from another club. He is under contract. I will not be speaking about him today

2019 08 29b Retrieve

[Tuchel explained on the day Choupo-Moting arrived in Paris] We’ve been looking for a few weeks for cover for Cavani. The opportunity [to provide cover] has arrived through Eric, who is a top-level player and one that can always make an instant impact when he comes off the bench

[Tuchel, unsurprisingly, couldn’t have been prouder, not only of Choupo-Moting’s goals, but also his professionalism] He never lost confidence. Since the start of the season, he has given it everything. For an attacker, it’s important to score goals. He deserves it

2019 08 29c Retrieve

[Tuchel expects big Champions League atmospheres as PSG prepare for Real Madrid test] These are three big atmospheres and very nice atmospheres to play football. We know like every year that we must be ready from the first match. We will be well prepared to show form from the start

2019 08 30 Retrieve

[When asked before the game whether Alphonse Areola had played his last game for the club] (That’s) possible, yes. There are negotiations between clubs and Alphonse. That’s why he decided to not play

2019 09 01 Retrieve

[Areola decided to sit out the game with Metz, and PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel admitted that the rumours of a move were true after the game. PSG have signed goalkeeper Sergio Rico on a one-year loan from Sevilla after their No.1 Alphonse Areola sat out a Ligue 1 game on Friday] There are negotiations between clubs and Alphonse. That’s why he decided not to play

2019 09 13 Retrieve

[Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Neymar is available for Paris Saint-Germain and ready to face Strasbourg on Saturday] Neymar’s return is well-timed given fellow forwards Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani will both miss the game due to injury. Yes, clearly yes, of course, now everything is clear, we know our group, I’m very happy, we have a lot of talent, we have Neymar in our group, we have nothing else in our head, Ney too, and he can focus on us. We miss Edi and Kylian, so he needs to get back and he’s available tomorrow

[Tuchel now expecting Neymar to refocus on his third PSG campaign - although he will be serving a suspension when his team face Real Madrid in the Champions League next week] I’m convinced that Neymar will give everything to help us achieve our goals this season. It is the challenge for me to find a balance between always talking with him or not talking to him. Life is not too hard for Ney to live and play in Paris, it’s not too bad either… if we talk about all the things that Ney said, that his father said, that Barcelona said… We’re going to lose our heads, I want to look forward, he’ll get his smile back and then we’ll see

2019 09 15 Retrieve

[Thomas Tuchel said Neymar had to accept the boos from fans after he marked his return with a spectacular winner against Strasbourg] It was not easy because he is a sensitive guy, but he did well. That’s the life, it’s not easy for the fans too during the transfer market. That’s why we have to accept their behaviour. I don’t want to judge their behaviour, it’s like that. It was not easy. He can play better, with more dribbling and more runs. He needs several games in order to find the right rhythm and his physical abilities to make our game faster with his sprints. He has the quality to decide the destiny of a game. I am happy he showed that in the last minute

2019 09 18 Retrieve

[Thomas Tuchel has claimed Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema is 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?

[The Costa Rican’s new boss admits that it will be a special reunion for Keylor Navas, but is counting on his goalkeeper’s experience against his former side] 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 09 18b Retrieve

[Thomas Tuchel has said that Neymar did ‘everything in his power’ to leave the club in the summer] He did not want to be here. He tried everything in his power [to leave the club]. That did not help make him popular. You could feel that, and I can understand if the fans are angry, even permanently. Nevertheless, there is also a side between me as a coach and him as a player. There was never a break or a discrepancy. That’s why it was very easy for me to let him play. He has always trained professionally. I feel that the decision was a relief to him, even though it was against his wishes. Then, one is automatically focused on the task. As an athlete there is not much else you can think about. You have to give your all. He is hungry and a competitive guy who always wants to win. He has to withstand it [the boos and whistles from the fans] now, that’s the reality. He has to go through it, and we all have to go through it in the home games. The best thing is to come to terms with it.

2019 09 18c Retrieve

[Thomas Tuchel says why Neymar and Mbappe aren’t playing in PSG vs Real Madrid] Everybody knows we miss a few strikers but I trust the players I have for this game

2019 09 18d Retrieve

[PSG vs Real Madrid. Home head coach Thomas Tuchel may have a depleted squad, but he wants those players who are available to show how good they are] I want to be aggressive and play fast. We’ve made a lot of changes, with new players We have gained in personality and experience. We have a good team. It’s time to trust and look forward

2019 09 18e 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 09 19 Retrieve

[Tuchel sends warning to Mbappe and Neymar: They have to do what the others did] I’m very happy with the whole team because it was really difficult, we had a lot of chances, but there were also some stages for Real where we suffered. But we stayed structured, always blocked, tight, aggressive and compact, really, it was a complete performance. Mbappe and Neymar saw the match, and they have to do what the others did on their return. That’s good, we are happy to have such a team, which was not always the case. We can make a good team match without our stars, and it’s absolutely necessary. I have to make tough decisions, but it’s good, the competition must be like that in a club like PSG.

[After personally sealing PSG’s win late in the game after a neat one-two with Juan Bernat, Meunier stressed how impressed he was with how his side performed as a team] My goal was the icing on the cake. I prefer to look at the collective benefit. There was a very good team and despite the absence of our three stars, we played as a team. We were very good, like a real block, and offensively we had a lot of opportunities and not against any team, it was Real, even if they are still heating up. We never made it easy and they had very few opportunities

2019 09 19b Retrieve

[Thomas Tuchel argues Not having Neymar and Mbappe may have helped PSG after 3-0 mashing of Real Madrid on Wednesday] Maybe the absence of Cavani, Neymar and Mbappe helped the team. Maybe the pressure was less, because everybody was wondering how we could win without those three players. It can help because we weren’t favourites without Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani. It could have taken some of the pressure off the players

2019 09 23 Retrieve

[Thomas Tuchel believes Neymar will get even better after another late winner for Paris Saint-Germain, while insisting the forward was 100 per cent with the squad] He can still do better. It’s only his second or third game in four months. He can do better and he will do better because he will gain in a physical capacity, but it’s Ney, he’s always decisive. He always thinks to play forward, to attack. We need players like that in tough games like this to make a difference in one-on-ones

[Tuchel said the 27-year-old forward was committed to PSG despite wanting the off-season move to Barca] He has a contract so of course he is 100 per cent with us. I can even confirm that he is 100 per cent involved with us on the field and 100 per cent in the group. He laughs a lot with his team-mates, it’s normal for him and it’s good for the team. He is here to score, he is there to do decisive things so I am very demanding with him

2019 09 24 Retrieve

[Tuchel, though, suggested the Brazil forward could sit out the visit of Reims to ensure he is kept fresh for PSG’s busy upcoming schedule] It’s not possible to pick the same players. I’m responsible for the team, we only have two days of rest. Then we play in Bordeaux, then in Istanbul [against Galatasaray in the Champions League] two days later, we cannot overuse the players

2019 09 26 Retrieve

[Thomas Tuchel was critical of a poor performance from his players after their 2-0 home loss to Reims in Ligue 1] I’m disappointed with our performance. Playing in the Parc with the Parisian jersey is always special, and it is true that the performance was insufficient. The first 10, maybe 15, minutes went well but then every minute that passed was worse and worse. We did not show what we are capable of doing – so defeat is deserved

[Tuchel, though, defended his decision to make so many changes to the team which started against Reims, despite the result] I regret nothing because I have to manage my team and we lack players and we cannot use too few. And it’s easier to analyse afterwards. We have to make decisions and I have made them. Now these are the consequences, but I do not think we lost because we changed players too much. It’s more due to the way we played. We lost logically because Reims was closer to its optimal shape than we were. I’m disappointed with our performance, but we are always together and we remain united in defeat

2019 09 28 Retrieve

[Thomas Tuchel is hoping Kylian Mbappe and Neymar can forge a deadly partnership this season] The relationship between the two is the key for us, they can bring us a lot of possibilities. Mbappe has been hurt for weeks, we have to be patient, and tomorrow it’s impossible for Kylian to play 90 minutes. We have to adapt to the situation and the opponent. Tomorrow, we will be able to play Mbappe and Icardi.

[Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to Reims was PSG’s first home defeat in Ligue 1 since May 2018 - before Tuchel took charge] It’s a good thing to play quickly after the loss. It’s always hard to find a good mood after a setback - it’s the challenge tomorrow against a good team from Bordeaux, to start winning again. It was a lack of intensity. It was a surprise for me because I made some changes to have intensity. I hate to lose, it was super hard. We can do better and we’ll improve

2019 10 04 Retrieve

[Thomas Tuchel confirms Kylian Mbappe will not feature for Paris Saint-Germain when they face Angers at Parc des Princes on Saturday] It’s not possible for him to be with us tomorrow. But he’s not suffered a relapse. It’s a reaction between the scar and the nerve. I understand that it’ll take a bit of time to treat the scar. He felt very free but now there’s been a small reaction. When he feels that, he is not loose. I’m convinced that after a few days of treatment, he will be totally ready, as was the case before Bordeaux. He’s shown that he’s capable of doing a lot of accelerations and sprints without feeling anything

I don’t know, we’ll have to wait until training. Edinson Cavani trained on Thursday. He trained after Bordeaux but he told me he didn’t feel 100%. Thilo Kehrer, Julian Draxer and Colin Dagba, they are not with the team. Thomas Meunier had treatment yesterday and will do a complete training session today, and we’ll see after. He’s played a lot and has small muscle pains in his thigh

[PSG, meanwhile, have lost twice in Ligue 1 already this season] They have won a lot of games, they’ve scored a lot of goals. They are very strong at counterattacking. They are very dangerous, don’t give anything up and are high in confidence. It’s a tough match and we have to be very focused. It will be serious and we’ll need to play with intensity

2019 10 05 Retrieve

[Thomas Tuchel says Neymar relationship with PSG fans is getting better] About Neymar, yes, it’s getting better, it’s easier. I said it’s up to us, up to him to show again and again, be decisive, suffer, run to get the ball. It’s not necessary to talk. He showed a lot of things and tried a lot of dribbles [against Angers]. He scored once again, he could even have scored more goals, but he’s still capable of incredible things. It’s up to him to show it, really, at the end of the day

[Tuchel’s team are now waiting to learn whether Kylian Mbappe will be excused international duty over the next two weeks so he can recover] I need to ask [sporting director] Leonardo what we’re doing with Kylian. We need to do some treatment. We need to wait for the agreement between the French Football Federation and PSG to know if he goes with the France team

2019 10 08 Retrieve

[Tuchel reveals what he told Neymar after failed Barcelona move] It wasn’t my decision and it wasn’t really his either. Between us, nothing much has changed. I knew he wanted to leave the club and he knew that I was against it. For me, it was not the right moment or the right decision to take. He knew clearly that as a coach, I didn’t want him to go. But we also know that it wasn’t my decision or really his either in the end. There was a need for a club to match our valuation and then they would have said ‘yes’. We have both accepted that the decision was not made at our level. It’s not going to affect our relationship because we knew there was a possibility that we would continue to work together and it would be stupid to waste everything.

The club had a very clear position. It had established that he would not play until he said he would stay. So I concentrated on my squad. I never asked for him to play or not, because the decision was clear and it came from the very top. This clarity helped me a lot. He’s a good guy. It can be difficult to imagine when you just see him from the outside, but he’s really a good guy. It’s not difficult to be close to him and to convince him what he has to do. When everything was over, I told him: ‘You think that the hardest is behind you now but you have to work with me and I won’t let you relax! The hardest is to come.

The situation isn’t simple. The supporters have given their opinion and I understand all of those. They have the right to say what they feel, they’re very proud of their club. It’s not what they want to hear, that one of their players is repeating week after week that he wants to go. I’ve told him he has to face this reality. Now, we are where we are and it’s my job to push him to reach his best

2019 10 08b Retrieve

[PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel insisted that Mbappe’s new injury was not a recurrence of his previous injury] He’s not suffered a relapse. He felt very free but now there’s been a small reaction. When he feels that, he is not loose

2019 10 09 Retrieve

[Paris Saint-Germain’s last-16 exit to Manchester United in the Champions League last season was like a car crash] It was like having a car crash. The light went green and we were hit hard! We wondered what we had done wrong, if we had neglected something. Surely we had neglected something! In between the matches, people at my daughter’s school and all around the city were saying: ‘OK, now things are different, we feel it’. Everyone thought that we were going to qualify and go further, but we didn’t do it. And I had the impression that, afterwards, everyone said: ‘Ah … it’s not changed, it’s like in previous years’. And we thought: ‘No, no, no, it’s not the same’. But we were totally helpless. It was like sand flowing through our hands without being able to hold it back

[Tuchel explained what an impact the defeat had both on him and the squad] In the days that followed, we felt how disappointed we were. I spent three days in total darkness, like I had never known before. I knew how hard we worked, how difficult it had been to get there, especially after what had happened in previous seasons. I knew the work the squad had put in, how hard the staff had done their jobs. I know the amount of work that had been done to get there, to beat Liverpool, to win in Red Star, where they were unbeaten for something like three years, then to become the first French team to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford…

2019 10 17 Retrieve

[Thomas Tuchel says Edinson Cavani is integral to his Paris Saint-Germain plans despite the uncertainty as the striker approaches the end of his contract] It’s too soon to speak about such things. I’m sure Edi is speaking with the club. He knows it’s his club. I don’t know Edi’s ideas exactly at the moment. I count 100 per cent on Edi this season. He’s been missing for several weeks and the main thing for me is to push Edi on the pitch, so we’ve got a fit and in-form Edinson Cavani

[Tuchel left little doubt that he wants Cavani to remain with PSG beyond this season] He’s got the most goals for the club. Edi is very important. He’s in the group of five players I always speak with, to have an opinion from them on all things. He’s important in the dressing room and on the pitch

[He said ahead of a Ligue 1 meeting with Nice] Friday night for us after an international break is a bit bizarre. I can’t understand it. We’ll have to adapt. There’s too many competitions, too many matches, too many friendlies

We’ve got a big problem for me because there’s no preparation phase [for the Nice game]. There’s too much competition. This summer we had the Africa Cup of Nations, the European Under-21 Championship, the Copa America; next year we’ve got the Copa America again, the European Championship – it never stops. For me, it’s too much. There are too many matches for the same players. At the end you feel the lack of quality, lack of health, lack of preparation, lack of time to train for sport at the highest level. We’re convinced it’s necessary for everyone to have a holiday and to have time to recover and prepare, but that’s not the case in football. Teams play too many games and get too many injuries to players

2019 10 21 Retrieve

[Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani could return to the team in Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Club Brugge] Mbappe will not play the whole game, like Cavani. Paredes has made good progress. He is very professional. He showed that he could increase the intensity

[Brugge are currently in second place after drawing their previous two matches against Real Madrid and Galatasaray, and Tuchel knows they will not be an easy opponent to face] You have to prepare for a very difficult match. It’s an opponent that knows how to prepare for home matches

2019 10 23 Retrieve

[PSG routed Club Brugge 5-0 on Tuesday] We won a very tough game. Very complicated. The result is exceptional. It’s never easy to win against Brugges in Brugges. In the Champions League outside it’s never easy. We scored five goals, it’s really exceptional. It’s a big step forward for the qualification [for the last 16]

2019 10 26 Retrieve

[Thomas Tuchel believes Andre Villas-Boas’ claim Paris Saint-Germain are in another league to their domestic rivals was simply an attempt to manage Marseille fans’ expectations ahead of Le Classique] Maybe I would say the same thing if I was the Marseille coach to manage the expectations of the fans. I can understand his opinion because we are in a good period at PSG. We are strong and we have won a lot of titles in recent years. I also consider this to be an isolated match in the league, where the standings of either club don’t matter. We are not afraid of Marseille and we expect a special atmosphere, like you would have in a Champions League or cup game. We like these kinds of atmospheres and are very competitive in them. We are ready to challenge them. This is a big challenge; we expect Marseille to play with intensity and aggression

[Tuchel says Edinson Cavani was disappointed not to feature but the PSG boss stands by his decision to reintroduce him slowly] He was disappointed, of course, because it’s Edinson and he’s used to playing with us. He missed a lot of games because of his injury. I talked with him. On the one hand, I want to give him minutes because he deserved it and worked super hard to be ready. On the other hand, I have to think about the team, to balance it. I cannot promise him he will play 15 or 20 minutes. It depends on tactical circumstances and injuries. It’s hard for me to know. I know he’s disappointed, but he does not show it in training. I hope he will stay with the same state of mind and I will try to give him some minutes. He needs it to regain rhythm

2019 10 28 Retrieve

[Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel insisted the Classique must be respected in response to Andre Villas-Boas’ comments about the Ligue 1 rivalry after Marseille’s crushing defeat. Ligue 1 holders PSG routed visitors Marseille 4-0 in Paris] It’s a match with a great history in France, we must respect. It’s not a meeting like the others for our supporters, for the city of Paris. Advantaged or not [financially], we must win, show our quality. In football, anything is possible, this is for a match of the Champions League as for a match of the Coupe de France. OM were fourth in the standings after the last day. We respect history, we respect the game, we respect football. To play against OM, you have to play with the heart, with aggression, not just be tactical, or good technically. We have shown the necessary mentality for a Classique. They tried everything against us, with their style of developing the game

2019 10 30 Retrieve

[Verratti has been hailed as an important figure at PSG by coach Thomas Tuchel] Marco Verratti’s a leader. Everybody can be a leader but not the way he does. The difference is in the little things. He’s always at 100 per cent and concerned about everybody’s happiness. He shows great empathy. He can be a leader regarding that kind of things. On the pitch he has the skills. He plays fast and simple. He’s amazing. He’s an extraordinary player. We’re very happy he’s here with us

2019 11 01 Retrieve

[Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel hailed extraordinary star Marco Verratti as one of the best midfielders in the world] As I often said, Marco is very important. He’s a key player. He’s one of the best midfielders in the world. There is always room for improvement but he’s highly reliable. He has loads of responsibilities inside the group. He always thinks about others and their happiness. He’s a team player. Coaching Marco is the best that can happen to a coach.

To give you an example, ahead of our game against Nice, he played with Italy. It was a Friday evening, both games were very close [Italy played the 15th and PSG on the 18th]. He came back on Thursday. On Friday I talked to him and he said to me: ‘No, no, no! I’ll play against Nice, I’ll play!’. We’ve decided then that he will not play.

Back in the training on Saturday he was there giving everything during both small and bigger exercises. We’ve got a small session with eight players, we walked, we played a few games… and he trained like a youngster about maybe 18 or 19 years old trying to prove to the coach that he can play. This is what Marco is about. It shows a lot in my opinion. I’m delighted to be his coach. I’m really pleased he’s with us because he’s an extraordinary player with a very rare mindset. I think that everybody is happy he’s with us

2019 11 02 Retrieve

[Tuchel warns PSG things could get worse with shock 2-1 defeat to Dijon] It’s football - anything is possible. This is not the first time that the side last in the standing has beaten the side in first - and it won’t be the last time. I think we lost the game in the first half because we had three shots, compared to 17 in the second period - a big difference. I was expecting more in terms of speed, mentality and duels. We played better in the second half but we conceded two goals in the match and allowed too many shots - it’s not normal

In the first half we were too passive. Scoring a goal without having opportunities was perhaps the worst thing for us. We were never in control of the game and did not play with the precision, speed or mentality that is necessary

If we play like this, anything can happen - that’s football. People told us we were in another league, but that’s only if we play at 100 per cent. If we don’t play together, or with the intensity that is needed, anything can happen. As I said, maybe the worst thing today was that we scored a goal because it was not deserved. We did not play together and we lacked structure. We had 17 strikes in the end, but maybe we did not deserve to be lucky

2019 11 05 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich had previously been interested in former Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel] I’m not interested because I’m PSG’s coach. I have a contract for this season and the next season also. I can’t think of other clubs

2019 11 05b Retrieve

[Tuchel beamed to reporters following Icardi’s two-goal haul against Club Brugge in October] Mauro Icardi is very reliable for us. He scores goals, he is super. He works hard and is very disciplined. He controls the ball and he is very tactically intelligent. We have the talent to play the same way without Edi

2019 11 10 Retrieve

[Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel says Edinson Cavani will need to learn how to manage the competition with Mauro Icardi for a starting berth in attack] It’s not easy to play against this team here for an attacker. He [Cavani] lacks rhythm. He must manage this competition. It’s like that for his job. It’s always difficult for an attacker, a very sensitive position. But we have no choice but to accept this situation and work hard. Sometimes you are in a phase where you feel good. There is a bit of luck and everything goes perfectly. Mauro is in this phase

[Tuchel, who made six changes from the side that beat Club Brugge in the Champions League in midweek, praised his side after they became the first side to beat Brest at home this season] I really like this victory. A lot of changes have been made, including players lacking rhythm and confidence like Layvin Kurzawa, Edinson Cavani and Julian Draxler. The changes were necessary to stay fresh. It was not easy in the first period with the wind against us. We had opportunities to accelerate but we made technical mistakes. The second period was easier to control but we gave an opportunity to the opponent, who scored. A good reaction was shown afterwards. I felt like we really believed it. We deserved to win. We are the first to win here! [this season]

2019 11 21 Retrieve

[Neymar ready to make PSG comeback but Mbappe could be waylaid by ilness] Neymar feels good. He has trained well and will be in the group for tomorrow’s match, but he will not be able to play 90 minutes. He will bring us quality and decisiveness. When he is with us, we are super dangerous. That is necessary if we want to continue to win. Lille, Real Madrid and Monaco represent three challenging games for us

[Mbappe has often stepped up in Neymar’s absence, but the France forward has been laid low by illness having already suffered hamstring, thigh and groin setbacks this term] He had a fever, he has to start training today, we have to wait

[Neymar’s rehabilitation took in a trip to watch the Davis Cup in Madrid this week] What can I do? I’m not his father, nor the police. I am just his coach. He trained well. Did I enjoy his trip to Madrid? No. But he was very professional during those two weeks. He did more than others, working with the group and also individually. If all goes well, he can play [against Lille]. Tomorrow we will decide

2019 11 22 Retrieve

[Tuchel not worried about Neymar after ‘bad performance’ against Lille] No, I’m not worried by his bad performance. I do not know if it’s normal. I did not expect much from him because he missed six weeks. It’s a lot for someone like him, who needs pace for everything he does. He missed precision today, timing. But it’s like that. He had to play a few minutes

It’s normal. Many players enter the locker room directly. I did not see that because I was focused on the game, changing tactics. We have to talk about this thing internally. But we are not going to talk about it too much now.

They are fit, and strong together. Both stayed with us during the [international] break. That’s good because you can manage them and keep them fresh. Both are decisive and score goals. And they work for the team and it makes a huge difference for us

2019 11 25 Retrieve

[Tuchel: Zidane loves Mbappe? People want what they can’t have] I don’t know how in love Zidane is with Mbappe, but we really love our player. The most important thing is that he is our player. We are happy to have him with us. When you can’t have things you want, you want it even more

[PSG blew Madrid away 3-0 in their opening Group A game in September] It is a different game for many reasons. Firstly, we are playing in Madrid – one of the hardest stadiums to play in. Madrid have leaders and captains all over the pitch. Now they are playing well and are in great form. They have a lot more victories and don’t concede a lot of goals. It’s really hard to play against Madrid now, especially when they are at home. But we are a well-balanced team. We are dangerous and we will pose a challenge for them. I’m really convinced it is time to grab the opportunity because we can be really dangerous if we work together and if we are patient. It is a good time to show people and prove that we are able to play a great game and a really hard one like this

[Tuchel has demanded his side plays with the same intensity that has characterised their campaign so far when they face off against Zidane’s men] We have showed great intensity with the ball during the group stage and it has been really impressive. This is the key. Without the work of the whole team it is not possible to win games in the Champions League. If we want to win against Madrid it is mandatory to play like that. That will be the challenge and we have set the benchmark

2019 11 26 Retrieve

[Tuchel opens up on relationship with Neymar] It’s not easy to manage him at all! He has a big, big heart, but, unfortunately, he does not always show that he is a generous, reliable boy. Sometimes it is provocative and it’s very bad because it’s not necessary. Yes, yes, I tell him that. We laugh a lot together and I always try to tell the truth. He accepts it, but it’s difficult. Ney is provocative when he feels that something is wrong, but he isn’t when he is calm

[The 46-year-old manager expects to come up against a stronger Blancos side this time around] It’s really an institution, Real Madrid. I played once with Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium and it’s really hard to play. This is one of the most difficult places to go in the world. For us, this is a good opportunity to show we are able to play with confidence, to take the ball, to have possession, to be brave, and to attack in this atmosphere. Since losing to us, they have lost just once, and they have won every other game. They are really very strong right now. But we are first in the group, we are qualified for the round of 16, and it’s a great opportunity to play with the right spirit and a lot of courage

2019 11 27 Retrieve

[Tuchel not afraid of losing Neymar after benching PSG star] No, I’m not afraid [of the ramifications], I don’t think we are going to lose Neymar. We have a connection, we are honest. I talked to him and told him that I would rather he play in the second half and start on the bench. We did the same thing with Kylian away to Galatasaray. He’s been absent for six weeks, he only played one game before this one and for me it was not worth taking that risk. Every month he missed a few days. I made the decision for him, for his health

[Visitors PSG had goalkeeper Keylor Navas to thank for a series of excellent stops that prevented his former employers from taking a decisive lead] Real Madrid were the better team for a long time. We played too complicated, not quick enough, not simple enough, not with confidence. Real played with a lot of confidence. They showed that this is a team that won the Champions League three times in a row. We had an extraordinary goalkeeper with Keylor Navas. We were lucky, it’s not forbidden. After the goal, we were freer. There are some positive things to remember. The mentality at the end, the quality of the guys who came on, Ney and Pablo and Julian Draxler made the difference. We have 13 points from five games

2019 11 30 Retrieve

[Thomas Tuchel explains Neymar trained alone on Friday in order to safeguard his recovery from a hamstring injury] Because he felt something in the adductors after the game, we didn’t take any risks. So he did individual training. That way, we can control it better. Today [Saturday] he trained with us without any problem, I think. He’s with the team, he can play

[PSG’s equaliser against Madrid came from Pablo Sarabia, who score eight minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute in a frantic spell] It’s difficult for him to get a job like [he had] at Sevilla. At Sevilla, he had a position a little similar to that of Angel Di Maria here, or that of Ney [Neymar] or Kylian [Mbappe]. He is a key player on the field. We recruited him because he is able to take responsibility, to play 50 or 60 matches per season. But now he has another role. He must adapt to our game, to our players. But he has played a lot of matches and he is very important to us because he gives intensity with and without the ball. He has aggression and we lack that in our game. He defends well, too. He is reliable and responsible. He has a good influence on our team. I’m very happy that it’s him who scored [against Madrid] because he always gives everything during training

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

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] 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