The press conference had started with a broad smile on the face of Thomas Tuchel, who was joking with one of the PSG press officers.
But the German technician ended up shutting down, "tired" of responding to criticism of his team's play.
“The players are dead!
", He explained in particular after the victory of his people against Leipzig but with the gaze already turned towards the" final "next Wednesday at Old Trafford against Manchester United.
Can we speak of a lucky victory for PSG?
We ran out of chances in Leipzig.
Today, we are a little lucky.
We played with a big heart, a lot of solidarity.
We defended with courage, always together.
For that, we won.
I'm not going to apologize for that.
Was it a choice to evolve so low on the pitch?
It was the match that called for that.
How do you explain the rather poor offensive animation?
Is it due to player fatigue?
There is quality in the face.
Leipzig was in the Champions League semi-finals.
We can ask for things if we can work in training, with rhythm.
We have played 11 matches in Ligue 1, 4 times in the Champions League.
We suffered a lot, a lot of injuries during that time.
We are missing seven players per game on average.
If you expect the best PSG, it's your right.
A lot is also expected of us.
Today it was necessary to respond as best as possible.
Were you convinced by the performance of Marquinhos in central defense and Danilo in midfield?
Marquinhos played with an injection.
He's hurt, normally.
He played to give Abdou confidence.
We ended up with all three in defense.
Marquinhos was a real leader, a real captain.
We don't have a lot of choice with Kehrer's injuries or Kimpembe's suspension.
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Were you satisfied with Abdou Diallo's match?
He was in trouble against Manchester, he made a decisive error against Monaco.
Tonight was a good response from him.
He played without error.
I am very happy.
There are things to improve, of course.
We can do better, but maybe not today.
Are you relieved?
Is this a starting point?
We will play a final at Manchester United.
I hope we can recover a little.
We still play on Saturday
(Editor's note: against Bordeaux)
You can see Marco's return on the pitch.
This is exceptional.
He plays without training.
Ney plays without rhythm.
Kylian lacks rhythm.
With rhythm, we might not have the same difficulties.
Maybe it's an apology, okay.
But it's like that.
We played with courage.
It will be the same at Old Trafford.
Should we expect this same type of match in Manchester?
I do not know.
Maybe it will be difficult to find eleven players to give the physical impact again.
These are important things.
We think of Bordeaux, we will prepare a plan against Manchester then.
If the players feel better, we can have a better game.
If we still have to defend low, we will.
Do you suffer from nervousness?
We lack rhythm.
You always ask for the same thing.
Ask the locker room if you have the balls to do it.
The players are dead.
They give everything!
I am tired of meeting expectations.
If you have the courage, you can ask this question in the locker room.
The players are dead
Are you annoyed by the reviews?
I can take the criticism.
You must also accept the rest.
We can play a better game.
Maybe it is not possible.
Do you think that your team can no longer play in 4-4-2 with the explanations you give?
We thought about it a lot.
I really like this structure.
But we gave everything physically.
With a 4-4-2, you have to work even more physically.
The players don't feel secure enough in a 4-4-2.
We have talked about it a lot.
It was necessary to defend a lot, to have recovery.
It was easier for us in a 4-3-3.
Why in Portugal we also played like that?
Because we spent several months without training.
It's a bit the same situation today.
We are the team with the most games since the resumption of the Champions League, with the most injuries.
I would always make the decisions with the players and with the reality of the moment.
Why Bakker more than Kurzawa?
He feels more free.
He is more physical and faster than Layvin.