Thomas Tuchel: 'Not get caught out'
The Paris Saint-Germain coach gave his thoughts on Sunday's Ligue 1 encounter with Rennes.
"Marco [Verratti] is back in training but is alternating sessions with treatment. He feels a lot better, even if he is yet to get back to ballwork. He's able to run without pain, everyone is working hard with him so that things progress as well as possible. He won't be in the squad, Neymar neither. Presnel [Kimpembe] has trained with us all week, he feels good. We'll have more details after today's training session."
"They're a team that defends well and that has a lot of individual quality. They are very good on the counter-attack, they can be dangerous. Our biggest challenge is to keep playing to our strengths and improving our play with the ball. We'll have to be careful, not get caught out, and above all prevent them from being able to play on the counter-attack. We have to stop the counter-attacks before they start so as to avoid any nasty surprises."
"We talk a lot with Low and Camara. We're dangerous at set-pieces, but sometimes we lack a little precision, perhaps a little luck too, a little bit of quality in our finishing perhaps. But it is certainly part of our game that we can work on."
"He's at ease playing in midfield. Against Rennes tomorrow, it's certain he'll play on the right. We need players in midfield. Dani can play in goal, as a 10, or as a striker, I know I can count on him and that he'll be very professional and will give everything on the pitch for the team."
"In spite of injuries to certain players, the squad is very strong mentally. We're disappointed for those who are injured, but for a few weeks now, we've been mentally very strong, you can really feel that it's a solid squad. The way the team's form is progressing is good, and we're a very united squad. We work a lot for that to be the case. I see a lot of energy, and a lot of quality in training sessions. We're a strong team, a team that is extremely united."
"The only thing I'm thinking about right now is Rennes, after that it'll be Lyon. After that, there is a Coupe de France game. When the match against Manchester United comes along, we'll think about it. I see my team is very strong, capable of handling the situation, without the players who are currently injured. We've been very strong over a good number of weeks now, and I know my players are only thinking about the next game."