Tuchel: 'Like a Cup game'
Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel spoke to the media ahead of the Week 13 Ligue 1 clash away to Brest, at 5:30pm this Saturday:
"I don't know if Mauro Icardi will be available for the trip to Brest. We have to wait until today's training to take stock of his injury. He felt a lot of pain after Wednesday's game. The same is true for Leo (Paredes) who was ill on Wednesday. Neymar Jr, Thilo Kehrer, Loic Mbe Soh, Ander Herrera and Thomas Meunier are all missing."
"The match in Brest will be difficult because they are undefeated at home. They play with great intensity. I expect a Cup match atmosphere. We are the favourites, we have to play with the same intensity as our opponent. It will be necessary to play well to win. It won't be easy, because we've played a lot and the players are tired. But we are working to be ready."
"I have the impression that the group is united. The team is reliable in big games. It's true that we've lost three games and we're not used to that. I hate to lose, but I prefer it happens now rather than at the crucial moments of the season. We still have time to improve. We are leaders in the championship, we have qualified for the Round of 16 of the Champions League, it's positive. There is still time to improve."
"Cavani is disappointed, of course. He's used to starting every game. He's been on the bench for a few weeks now, it's a big change for him. He trains very well, with the right mindset. He always shows the same professionalism. Normally he will start against Brest, it is necessary that he finds the rhythm. Mauro was very good, so it wasn't the right time to take him out of the team."
"We can lose, but if we lose we have to lose to a better team than us. It should not be forgotten that players play a lot, so sometimes the tension drops. We have to accept that the tension is different before a match against Marseille than against Dijon. But that doesn't mean that we don't respect every opponent, we prepare each game in the same way. We must accept that we must respond to the physical intensity imposed by the opponent to show our qualities. The guys in the locker room are aware of that. I don't feel like the players are choosing their games. I repeat, it's the tension that's different. You have to send the right signals from the start so as not to give the opponent any hope."