AWhen the final whistle sounded late on Wednesday evening, Thomas Tuchel was no longer holding it on his box. The German coach of Paris St. Germain had his bandaged left leg on the edge of the field during the Champions League semi-final against RB Leipzig almost just sat. But from there he saw an impressive performance by his team, who made it into the finals of the premier class with a 3-0 (2-0) against the Leipzig team supervised by Julian Nagelsmann.
Paris dominated the game, you dominated your opponent and gave him little room to develop. The Liepziger, who were so strong against in the quarterfinals Atletico Madrid had played, sometimes seemed overwhelmed.
Julian Nagelsmann was disappointed after the game. “The opponent was better than us. You have to accept that ”, the trainer summed up in an interview with“ Sky ”. It actually started off quite well, but then faith was lost. Despite individual mistakes, he does not want to criticize the team. “We were in the semi-finals, we can be proud of that. We would have liked to have reached the final and taken the next step. It is important that we come together as a group after the frustration and tackle the next tasks. “
“Sure we want the title”
Thilo Kehrer, the German international from PSG, spoke of a good team performance. “The win is deserved. We were very focused and are now looking forward to the final. It is clear that we want the title. “
It was a game that was decided early on – and it was a game in which there was often talk of the duel between the German coaches in advance: Julian Nagelsmann against Thomas Tuchel. Talent versus sponsor. Ex-player against ex-coach. A great tactical fanatic versus an even greater tactical fanatic. And then also the common past in the Bavarian-Swabian province, of which at least Tuchel had interesting things to report before the game.
Strong attack line by PSG
“He was a very uncomfortable player because he always wanted to know why we were doing something, what the reason is,” said Tuchel. After Nagelsmann’s injury, he took him as the coach of FC Augsburg II was entrusted with scouting tasks in the regional league, in which the then 20-year-old proved his talent. “Where you could see that, that was in the reports he submitted,” said Tuchel: “They showed that he deals in detail, that he has solutions, that you recognized the talent for it and the love for the game found it again. “
Nagelsmann started the game on Tuesday evening with almost the same starting line-up as in the 2-1 win against Atlético Madrid. In the defensive line, only Nordi Mukiele replaces the recently ailing national player Marcel Halstenberg. At PSG, Tuchel was able to rely on Kylian Mbappé again from the start. He formed with Angel di Maria and Neymar the attack line. It was the latter who had the first big chance in the game. On a pass from Mbappé, the Brazilian hit the post. Luck for RB, especially since shortly afterwards the ball landed in the goal. But Mbappé’s goal did not count as there was a handball from Neymar.
After 13 minutes, however, the Tuchel team was allowed to cheer. It was Marquinhos who made it 1-0. After a free kick by Angel di Maria, no Leipzig player felt responsible for the PSG defender, so he hit a completely free header. The Leipzig team, it was not to be overlooked, had big problems at the beginning with the opponent, who acted very aggressively and purposefully. But when it quickly went over the right side in the 25th minute, the equalizer almost fell. Konrad Laimer served Yussuf Poulsen, but his shot just missed the goal.
PSG was not impressed by the good chance – especially not superstar Neymar. When there was a free kick in the half-right position in the 35th minute, the Brazilian did not circle the ball in the middle. From a great distance he snapped it around the wall of the Leipzigers against the post – again the Saxons were very lucky. Shortly before the break, however, PSG stepped up and increased to 2-0. After an inaccurate flat pass from RB keeper Peter Gulasci into the center, Leandro Paredes got the ball, which he immediately passed to Neymar, who finally served in the jump with the hoe di Maria. The Argentine easily finished in the right corner.
“Respect maybe too big”
A well-deserved half-time lead for PSG, which was clearly superior in all respects – against partly completely insecure, only reacting Leipzigers, who had only 32% of the game in the first round and only won 45% of the duels. “The respect is perhaps too great,” said Benedikt Höwedes, the 2014 world champion, took a break from “Sky”. Dietmar Hamann attested that RB had poor concentration. “They won’t win the way they have performed so far,” said the former international.
Ex-Bayern professional hits head
Julian Nagelsmann reacted with a double change after the break: He brought Emil Forsberg for Christopher Nkunku and Patrik Schick for Dani Olmo. The Nagelsmann team got a little better, but not really dangerous. Paris continued to play very focused and made the preliminary decision in the 56th minute: Juan Bernatwho once for the FC Bayern had played, hit head after work by di Maria. The Leipzig Mukiele had previously canceled the offside, this was also confirmed by a review of the hit via video evidence.
It stayed that way. Paris played its class and did not give the RB the slightest chance even after the clear lead. In the final on Sunday, Tuchel and his team will now face the winner of the party between FC Bayern and Olympique Lyon, which will take place on Wednesday evening. RB Leipzig, on the other hand, flies home on Wednesday.