PSG Coach Tuchel Remains Grounded Even After Huge Win at United

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Thomas Tuchel’s Paris Saint-Germain outsmarted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United in a thriller that proved difficult for the United outfit, but Tuchel remained grounded of the result indicating that it’s only “half time” of the last 16 fixture.

PSG displayed a masterclass show to win 2-0 at the Old Trafford with defender Kimpembe and sensational Kylian Mbappe both on target.

The Paris side were without the services of prolific forwards Edinson Cavani and Neymar who were out due to injury but this did not them deter them from displaying a huge performance especially by outclassing United in the second half.

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The win puts Tuchel’s side in a commanding position when the two sides face each other again in the return leg in Paris on March 6 with Manchester United weakened with the absence of Paul Pogba who was sent off after two bookable offences.

However, Tuchel refused to be carried away with the result.

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“We played with a good mix, very tight and close to each other when we were not in possession, working hard to close spaces down and help each other,” Tuchel said in a post-match press conference.

“Ready to run too but with a good mix of aggressiveness, but also playing cool and calm on the ball. We used our midfield players to set the pace and rhythm of the game, to control it.

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“I think during the first half we lost the ball a little bit too easier. We were always looking for a solution, trying to be too hasty and forcing things in the opposition half.

“This is dangerous as you can be caught on the counter, but we played with a good structure and mental approach and a huge amount of confidence.

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“In the second half we became more and more in control of the game. That was why we won. But we’re only at half-time in the tie and we have to be ready for the second half.”


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