Tuchel: ‘We defended like crazy’

Check out what the Paris Saint-Germain camp had to say after the 1-0 victory over RB Leipzig in Matchday 4 of the UEFA Champions League:

Thomas Tuchel

We had a bit of luck, it’s true, but we were unlucky against Manchester United and in the first game against Leipzig. We defended like crazy, and it’s true we lost a lot of ball, but I also know what condition we’re in physically. A lot of the players lack rhythm, conditioning, the players are physically and mentally tired and a lot of them aren’t used to playing these types of games with us, such as Mitchel Bakker, Abdou Diallo, it was the first like this for Danilo here, others were coming back from injury. It wasn’t the best possible Paris Saint-Germain, but it was a pragmatic Paris Saint-Germain that can also stick together and fight. We did what was necessary and I don’t want to be too critically of the lads, even if I know we can do better.


Our number one objective was to win tonight. A lot of injured players were coming back, other players had travelled and played with their national teams, so they weren’t the best conditions to shine tonight, but we focused on what we had to do and dug deep and fought. It wasn’t our best match, but we will remember the win.

Leandro Paredes

We knew it was going to be a very difficult match, very physical. We weren’t all in the best possible conditions for this type of match. Neymar didn’t have much football under his belt, nor Kylian, Marqui is also struggling a little. I think we played the game we had to play and we secured a very, very important victory. We knew that playing with three in midfield could help us hold onto the ball and we did it well in passages. We tried to protect the ball and create space for the attackers to get forward. Like I said, we did what we had to do, we got the win and we’re very happy.

Abdou Diallo

It was a very difficult match against an excellent Leipzig, but we knew it would be tough, just like it was in the Final 8 and in the first game this season, but the most important thing was to get the win tonight. Every point counts. Tonight we worked hard, we did the job and we picked up three important points. We saw great fighting spirit and that’s good. This team has plenty of heart and the players fight for each other. We should highlight that tonight.

Mitchel Bakker with an assist for Dutch U21s
A hard-fought victory that will build confidence
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