Although Paris Saint-Germain walked away with the Coupe de France trophy, they did so with two injuries to key players in the starting eleven.
Thilo Kehrer and Kylian Mbappé walked away from that match injured, and there were other questionable tackles made by Saint-Étienne. However, PSG manager Thomas Tuchel didn’t only choose to go after Les Verts as L’Equipe is reporting.
“Thilo took a hit and couldn’t sprint anymore. Kylian, everyone’s seen. He has a big wound. I do not know what to say,” said Tuchel. “This is the third game against Saint-Étienne and the third red that they take in the first half-hour. It is not because they are tired. I’m surprised we’re playing a game like that. This is not good news for us.”
In his postgame conference with the media, the German showed his displeasure for the refereeing. Tuchel made it known that the referee lost control and allowed the opposition to get away with that sort of play.
“Of course not. It started with a foul on Neymar. We took three yellow cards after the foul on Kylian. And, at the beginning, he (the referee) gave a card for this foul, and we, for having asked to protect the player, we took three,” Tuchel said. “These are not the same criteria that are applied. I say this for all players. The spectators are there to watch the players, the people in front of their TV, too. And most importantly, to protect all players, not just mine. It’s a game for the players, and it wasn’t like that tonight.”
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