Tuchel: 'Be ready'
Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel spoke to the media ahead of the rescheduled Week 17 Ligue 1 clash against Montpellier at the Parc des Princes this Wednesday, 20 February, at 21:00 CET:
"Neymar, Cavani, Meunier, Thiago Silva (suspended) and Paredes (not qualified) are not available. Juan Bernat is uncertain. He's a litle bit injured and we won't take any risks."
"It's not easy because there are only two days between matches at the moment and a lot of travelling. It's very important that the players sleep a lot, that we don't take any risks with them. At the same time, they have to keep training to be ready to play. We will be training tomorrow morning at 11am for example. We need to find the right balance between training and recovery. We can't ask too much of the players, we try and keep the metings short and the video sessions short as well."
"Honestly, I have to admit I have a guilty conscience. The situation isn't easy for both players. THey are really exceptional. Normally, changing 'keeper every two games isn't the best way to bring the best out of your goalies. But they are really incredible. We decide each week who will play. Buffon played the last Champions League match because he has a lot of experience. He is very important for us, for the squad. He's a very positive element. As for Areola, I was very happy that he kept a clean sheet against Saint-Étienne. I have great confidence in both of them. I have never seen two players react this way."
"With him, every day is a new challenge. He is very demanding. He demands the best of himself, his teammates and me. In every little detail. It's great. He has a lot of energy and never stops. He is very aggressive and expects the same from his teammates... and his coach!"