LISBON – Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) coach Thomas Tuchel explained the condition of his team before taking on RB Leipzig in the early morning of Wednesday, August 19, 2020, in the semi-finals of the 2019-2020 Champions League.
Tuchel claims all of his players are in very good shape and ready to appear in the semifinals later. Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappe are Tuchel’s first choice in his squad this time.
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The presence of both is clearly positive for the Les Parisiens squad – PSG’s nickname. Tuchel even admitted that his presence on the field made him more optimistic about getting the best results in the 2019-2020 Champions League.
“Neymar and Mbappé make a difference on the pitch. Neymar can dribble, Mbappé is very fast. What a mix, that’s our strength,” said Tuchel, as quoted on the UEFA official website on Tuesday (18.8.2020).
“Every team has special strengths and relationships between the players. But with their presence on the field we are more confident of making it to the final, “he continued.
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“Neymar has always been a leader, even when I arrived. “He shows self-confidence, courage and that is what a leader needs to act on the pitch,” continued Tuchel.
“There is a very good atmosphere among team-mates and it all helps Neymar to become rare. This is a team sport, he cannot do it alone,” he added.