Thomas Tuchel: 'A match of a very high level'
On the eve of the first leg of the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League against Dortmund, on Tuesday 18 February at 21h at the Signal Iduna Park, the Paris Saint-Germain coach answered questions from the media. Highlights below.
"Being confident will be absolutely vital, if we aren't, we won't survive in this stadium, in front of these fans. We can be confident because we have picked up good results in all competitions. We attack and we defend together. The spirit of the team will be important. We will need to be able to adapt to various situations. For me, that's the key. Dortmund have quality, are very good with their counter-press and have impressive stats. We will need to be intelligent. That will be our challenge."
"I am coming back for the first time since I left. I have seen lots of faces that I know, people that are happy to see me again, and vice-versa. It's a nice feeling. I am happy to have coached here, and I am happy that now I am coaching a side that will face Dortmund. If I hadn't been a coach, I would have watched this match. It's a huge challenge. I coached Borussia for two years, it was of course extremely special. But it's not about me. We want to put in a great performance on Tuesday, my personal situation is not important."
"It's always difficult to control your emotions, even more so here. I am not sure that it will be possible for 90 minutes. We will therefore need to play with intelligence and not get caught up in the emotion. But for a few phases of the game, we will need to have the possibility to adapt and battle. It will be a match of a very high level, so we will need to be calm, attentive and intelligent."