When the UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie against Atalanta rolls around next month, Paris Saint-Germain will be without three key players. Edinson Cavani, Thomas Meunier, and Tanguy Kouassi all left the club after their contracts had expired at the end of June.
Cavani elected not to take part in contract talks that would have extended his deal up until the remainder of this season’s Champions League. Meanwhile, Meunier (Borussia Dortmund) and Kouassi (FC Bayern Munich) opted to do the same while taking their talents to the Bundesliga.
Tuchel was not so pleased with the team losing all three players before the resumption of the Champions League knockout stage next month as he explained via RMC Sport.
“I am sad to have lost three key players for the Champions League with Tanguy [Kouassi], Edi [Cavani], and Thomas Meunier,” Tuchel said. “It makes things more difficult.”
As in season’s past, depth is a pivotal factor in which teams make a deep Champions League run. And now with teams having the luxury to sub in a max five players for the rest of this season’s tournament, the tournament will showcase just which squads are truly stacked with depth across the board. While the loss of this trio of players will inevitably impact how Tuchel puts together his team gameplan, the German manager is confident with the current group of players he has at hand and even more so following the team’s 9-0 friendly win over Le Havre.
“For PSG, it is absolutely necessary to have quality with a large group,” Tuchel said. “Now all the players have been very good. It is absolutely necessary that everyone stays like that. We found a good atmosphere, a good atmosphere between us.”
The loss of these three key talents will only open the door for some other players on the roster to step up and take hold of earning more playing time. With Les Parisiens planning to feature in two cup finals and a couple of friendlies over the rest of this month, look for some of the role players — and youth prospects — to answer the call and prove their worth to Tuchel.
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