Thomas Tuchel: 'Show our qualities'

Press conference

The Paris Saint-Germain coach faced the media ahead of Saturday's visit of Nîmes Olympique to the capital.

"Neymar Jr and Cavani are absent, all the others are available. Some players are tired or have little injuries, but nothing serious. Meunier and Bernat are fit to play."

"The game with them earlier this season was difficult for us, because they put a lot of intensity into it in their stadium, but it's something different at the Parc des Princes. They are going to be very brave, disciplined and aggressive. It's up to us to show our qualities and pay attention to counter-attacks. We'll have to be thorough if we want to win."

"I like Colin, he's incredible! He has the same attitude every day, he's a good back-up. He has the quality to start games, but muscle-wise it's trickier. I'm very attentive and careful with him. He's an important player, because he can play in several positions. He reads the game well, is able to keep the ball, and his attitude is first-class."

"He's very professional every day. He has a good attitude, because he knew he wouldn't be first-choice, he's here to be a good replacement, and he has the qualities to play. He has had a difficult spell, but we can see in training that he's confident. Against Montpellier he scored, but unfortunately it was offside. It's important for the team to be able to count on Nkunku, Diaby, Dagba or Kurzawa. It's difficult to maintain form when you don't play a lot, but it's necessary for us and I'm very happy they are here." 

"You have to accept that the tension before a Champions League game isn't the same as against Montpellier or Nîmes at the Parc des Princes. It's not arrogance, it's just different, but we are focussed on every game. We're preparing for Nîmes in the same way as Manchester, but you have to accept that every game is different for the boys. I want us to win every game because we are the best team in the league."