‘This is Anfield… this is what they do’: Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel hails Liverpool’s intensity after another dramatic Merseyside defeat
- Liverpool beat PSG 3-2 at Anfield in Champions League Group C on Tuesday
- The Reds were the better side and scored a deserved winner in stoppage time
- PSG manager Thomas Tuchel later said: ‘This is Anfield… this is what they do’
- Tuchel was on the receiving end of a late goal on his previous visit to Anfield
- In 2016 his Dortmund side led 4-2 on aggregate with 24 minutes left but still lost
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel hailed the power of Anfield as he reflected on his side’s 3-2 loss at Liverpool on Tuesday night.
Roberto Firmino struck in stoppage time to give the Reds a deserved victory in Champions League Group C, after PSG had fought back from 2-0 down.
For Tuchel, this was not the first time he had suffered a dramatic defeat at Liverpool’s famous Merseyside home.
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel looked frustrated after seeing his side lose 3-2 to Liverpool at Anfield
Tuesday was former Borussia Dortmund boss Tuchel’s second visit to Anfield as a manager
In 2016 he brought his Borussia Dortmund side here in a Europa League quarter-final second leg and watched on as Liverpool scored three times in the final 24 minutes to turn a 4-2 aggregate deficit into a 5-4 victory.
‘This is Anfield… this is what they do,’ was Tuchel’s blunt assessment of Tuesday night’s defeat.
‘There wasn’t much space for Neymar. What Liverpool do very well is to close the space down in that No 10 area so our plan was to use the space down the wings and get our full backs pushing on.
‘We tried to play well. It’s not time for tactical analysis, it’s time to credit the mental strength we showed on the ball tonight.
‘If you play at Anfield, for me it’s not a tactical game. It’s to play with confidence, to trust the players.
‘We expect a lot from our front three, and today was tough for them. We have to improve all over the field.
‘For me, we need to improve our intensity in games like this. There’s time to improve.’
Liverpool are unbeaten at Anfield in Europe under Jurgen Klopp. Their last home defeat in continental competition came at the hands of Real Madrid under the management of Brendan Rodgers in 2014.
PSG were consigned to defeat by a stoppage-time strike from Reds No 9 Roberto Firmino
Tuchel, seen hugging Jurgen Klopp before kick off, said: ‘This is Anfield… this is what they do’