Wednesday night at home, PSG beat Nantes (2-0) and retained the lead of the championship of France, with five points ahead of Marseille and one match less. But he did not convince. Thomas Tuchel details what he expects to see progress.
Is it the plan of Nantes that led to this little brilliant victory?
THOMAS TUCHEL. It was a very tight 4-4-2. We had trouble finding spaces. It was analyzed but if you lose balloons, it is not possible to find spaces, give rhythm, to multiply attacks. We ran out of speed and precision. We lost too many balloons, too much, too much. It was the same after the goal. There are several reasons. We lack rhythm and confidence. I do not really know why. You have to analyze that calmly and get your mind back.
What did you think of the VAR intervention?
I thought there was a goal but I did not see again. For me, we cancel if the error is obvious. I do not know if that's the case. It's better that I do not talk about referees.
What did you think about the association Neymar – Mbappé?
It's December and the two key players are playing together for the first time. Imagine if Messi and Suarez or if Lewandowski and Gnabry were playing together for the first time in December. This means that we have had fantastic results without them until now. This is the first thing. They lack rhythm, abilities, automatisms. That's why I was not expecting too much of both. We use matches to regain confidence and ability. I'm glad they scored both. We still have a lot of potential.
To bring in Cavani for three minutes is it a little humiliating?
It's better than not playing. I talked with him. The situation is very difficult for him, I know it. It's not only hard, it's sad. Icardi has been very good so far. We have three amazing players for a job with Kylian, Mauro and Edison. I do not have the solution, I think a lot. He's doing great workouts. He gives the team energy, but I have nothing to give him at the moment. I'm thinking about it. These are decisions that I must make. We have three players who are not used to being on the bench. It's very difficult for him. He knows my opinion. He accepts it.
How to gain intensity?
We miss them with and without the ball and we lose a lot of confidence after. Maybe it's in our head. We play with the fear of losing the ball and we lose the ball. We must think about attacking more, having more chances, more scoring, having the ball and moving forward. I will watch the game tomorrow morning (Thursday morning), quiet. We have to improve, it's clear. We must seek solutions.