After Paris Saint-Germain’s 1-0 win over FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, manager Thomas Tuchel spoke with the French media where RMC Sport relayed his words.
One of the topics of conversations was the negative things beginning to pile up for the capital club before their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal matchup versus Atalanta BC. The injuries are the leading cause of these negative concerns with Juan Bernat, Thilo Kehrer, Mauro Icardi, and Kylian Mbappé, and Marco Verratti, all having issues with their fitness.
“It’s a big uncertainty, a big problem. In addition, we are missing three players with Edi (Cavani), Thomas (Meunier), and Tanguy (Kouassi), who had played the Champions League for us,” Tuchel said. ” It was the first match for Juan Bernat, Thilo Kehrer was not available. It’s always the same when you arrive at a Champions League match. It’s always negative things. I don’t know why.”
The next topic was over the status over Mbappé, and the German manager provided an update on the 21-year-old. There’s hope that perhaps Mbappé won’t start the match, but could see some action.
“We play the Champions League, not a friendly match, a Champions League quarterfinal! We arrive with a four or five-month break, two official matches,” Tuchel said. “It’s super complicated! Kylian tries everything, but can he do it? I do not know. And if he does, can he perform well? I don’t know.”
Staying on the topic of injuries, Tuchel continued to discuss the matter as the next two questions were over two players, who remain questionable for next week’s match against Atalanta. The First is Juan Bernat, who saw some action against Sochaux.
“If he applies for Bergamo? I don’t know. Isn’t that the best thing to prepare for a game against Atalanta, no. Does he have to play? Maybe.”
Finally, Tuchel provided an update on Kehrer.
“If it’s serious for Kehrer? Now no, but it was not possible for him to play today. He did individual training with Icardi today,” Tuchel said. “The two will be with us on Saturday I think, I hope. Icardi? Not affected, but he felt some problems, we don’t take any risks.”
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