We will still attack without Neymar and Cavani, says PSG’s Thomas Tuchel

Annette Crawford
February 12, 2019

The departure of Mourinho from the United dugout in December saw him slip down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and he was allowed to link up with Chinese outfit Shandong Luneng during the winter window. Victory would strengthen his case to be appointed permanently.

A goal in the second half from Paul Pogba gives United a small lead entering the second leg. Rejuvenated under Solskjær, the France midfielder has swiftly morphed into the talisman that United thought came ready-made back in summer 2016. But it's a Champions League match, in the round of 16, so it'll be 50-50.

Both the supporters and the players have been looking forward to this because they are special nights. "But he has such an aura that, as soon as he opens his mouth, all the players were silent, sat down and listened, and today I realise how lucky I was to play under him, that's one of the great sources of pride in my career".

Any team that are missing players will feel the effect but that will give the others the chance.

PSG have been boosted by the news that Marco Verratti is fit to play in this match, and he makes it into central midfield alongside the in-form Paul Pogba, who has re-established himself as United's main man under Solskjaer and added another two goals to his growing tally at the weekend. We'll have to wait and see how that impacts the style Thomas Tuchel decides to use against a United team that has strong, tall central defenders.

"So if there is any time to go into big games like this, it is now". We play attacking football, we're PSG, that's what we're used to - to create opportunities, it's in our DNA. Changing now would be hard.

"I want us to be capable to help him to find the right support".

"With the confidence, they have at the moment, and how they play, I think they are favourites". We want to score and perhaps more than one. "But over the years I've been here I've been playing different roles, I did not have a problem because I think I have a good understanding of the game".

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