Tuchel: 'We are ready'
Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel spoke to the media at the traditional pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday's UEFA Champions League semi-final against RB Leipzig in Lisbon.
"Like Atalanta, Leipzig adapt to our formation. Their game is less one-on-one, but they defend going forward, very aggressively, very bravely, and always thinks offensively. Their players are young and fast. But there are also certain details that differentiate Leipzig from Atalanta. It's going to be a very physical match and we've prepared for it. It's going to be another decisive match, and we have to find the right mix between preparation of details and freedom of performance. We have our style, they have theirs."
A MATCH TO MAKE HISTORY
"We're not talking about a historic game amongst ourselves, we're living in the moment. We deserved to be here because we have had an extraordinary Champions League, an extraordinary season. We've worked hard throughout the season. This is the result. We've already done the quadruple, and now we go on. We're calm, happy to be together. On the pitch, we're strong. In training, the week at Faro was top-notch, as was Sunday's session. There was concentration, smiles, and quality. We're here, we're ready. We want to win this semi-final. We don't know what the result will be, but we're going to fight."
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN KYLIAN MBAPPÉ AND NEYMAR JR
"Is their relationship a strong point for us? Of course. They're both players who always make a difference. Neymar is very strong on one-on-one, providing assists like nobody else. Kylian has speed, timing and the finishing. It's a great mix, and that's a strength for us. In every team, there are connections, in defence, in midfield or in attack. But both are exceptional together, that's clear. Can Mbappé play 90 minutes? He's played 30 against Atalanta, without any problems. Since then, he's had another six days. We'll decide if he can start, but we have options."
"Neymar has always been a leader, a leader on the field. But he's a different type of leader. He's a leader with his qualities, his confidence on the field, his courage, his ability to fight. He always wants to win, he's hungry and loves competition. These are things that a player needs if he wants to be a leader. We've created a group with players like Ander Herrera, Pablo Sarabia, Keylor Navas... They know how to live together, how to train together, how to create an atmosphere in the squad. This may be the key to watching Neymar reach another level. It's a team sport, you can't win alone. We're glad we created a special atmosphere that got us here."