PSG manager Thomas Tuchel locked horns with the media after they questioned his side’s style of play in the UCL victory over RB Leipzig at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night.
It was a must-win game for the Ligue 1 champions and last season’s UCL finalists if they were to keep their hopes of progressing to the next stage of the competition alive.
Neymar was on hand to convert a penalty for the home side and it was the only difference between the sides as PSG adopted a defensive approach in order to defend their lead.
The Ligue 1 champions were favorites on paper for progression to the next stage from the group after the draws were made. However, this hasn’t been the case in the pitch. When Tuchel was told that his side could and should have done better, he was left furious.
‘I am tired of always answering your questions,’ he said.
‘If you have courage, if you have balls, go and ask the players in the dressing room. The guys are dead… they played with heart.’
PSG had just 3 shots on target on the night including Neymar’s penalty. Regardless, Tuchel was not having it on the need to apologize for the approach his side deployed on the night.
What attracted more scrutiny was the Ligue 1 outfit’s meager 37.2% possession at half time and this is their lowest percentage after 45 minutes since the Champions League game against Bayern Munich in 2017.
‘We’ve played 11 league games and four Champions League games, and we’ve had around 100 injuries during that time,’ Tuchel added, as he pointed out that his busy physio room justified his approach.
‘I saw that we average seven injured players per game. The most difficult thing was to find 11 players who could make a physical impact.’
The 3 points ensured that PSG moved to second in Group H and lead RB Leipzig on goal difference with two games left to play. They’ll travel to Old Trafford to face group leaders Manchester United before welcoming Istanbul Basaksehir at home.
‘We’ll prepare a plan for Manchester (United). If the players feel better, we’ll play a better match. If we have to defend deep again, then we’ll do that.’