Tuchel: 'Win together'
On the eve of Le Classique at home to Marseille at the Parc des Princes in Week 29 of the Ligue 1 season, Paris Saint-Germain Thomas Tuchel spoke to the media at the traditional pre-match press conference:
Edinson Cavani, Julian Draxler and Neymar Jr are all absent from Sunday's match. Everyone else is available.
They are an in-form side that have won a lot of matches in recent weeks. Their confidence is high, they have quality... that's why it will be a complicated match. We will have to be at our very best. They have a lot of individual quality, especially in attack. They get a lot of crosses in and have a strong presence in the box. They have also changed tactically, since switching to 4-4-2 and their results have improved.
THE KEYS TO THE MATCH
We have to be careful. Like I said, they have a strong presence in the box and we will have to careful of their crosses. We will have to defend high to avoid getting caught out. We will also need to defend well on the flanks. We have to stop them crossing. We have to control the match and play at our rhythm. We have to play with confidence to keep winning.
We are having a very good season. We have won a lot of matches in the league and in other competitions. It's also thanks to our supporters. The loss to Manchester United made everyone sad, the fans of course, but also the coaching staff and the players. I see us all united, the one entity; the fans, us, the players: we are one. It has to be that way to keep moving forward and to keep on winning. I hope that the fans will support us on Sunday so that we can win as one.
In Balotelli they have a permanent presence in the penalty box. He has quickly become a key player for them in attack. THey have changed a lot since the first meeting and we will have to be very careful, as I said before.