‘Maybe the absence of Cavani, Neymar and Mbappe helped the team’: Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel claims not having star trio may have taken pressure off his side during routine victory over Real Madrid
- Paris Saint-Germain easily beat Real Madrid 3-0 on Wednesday night in Paris
- And they did so without big stars Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani
- Thomas Tuchel claims their absence may have helped his side to relax
Thomas Tuchel claims the absence of Paris Saint-Germain’s deadly front three may have helped his side beat Real Madrid on Wednesday evening.
PSG ran out 3-0 winners in their opening Champions League clash at the Parc des Princes and did so without Neymar, who is suspended, and injured duo Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.
Tuchel’s side impressed from the off without their three main stars, with Angel di Maria scoring twice in the first-half before Thomas Meunier finished off a brilliant team move during injury-time.
Paris Saint-Germain comfortably saw off Real Madrid 3-0 in the Champions League in Paris
They eased to victory despite the absence of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani
And speaking after the final whistle, Tuchel claimed not having his stars may have lowered the expectations enough to relax his side against the Spanish giants.
‘Maybe the absence of Cavani, Neymar and Mbappe helped the team,’ the PSG manager said at his post-match press conference.
‘Maybe the pressure was less, because everybody was wondering how we could win without those three players.
‘It can help because we weren’t favourites without Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani. It could have taken some of the pressure off the players.’
It was the perfect start to the Ligue 1 giants’ campaign as they go in search for their much-desired first Champions League title.
Next up for PSG in the European competition is Turkish side Galatasaray away from home on October 1.
PSG manager Thomas Tuchel claims it could have helped ‘take some pressure’ off his players