Thomas tuchel, PSG coach, assured that he has the French Kylian Mbappé, who is recovering from a hard blow to an ankle, for the Champions League quarter-final match against Atalanta, while confirming that Marco Verratti He will be out at least until the eventual semifinal, an instance that the Parisian team has not been on since 1995.
“If you train well tonight and if nothing particular happens, Mbappe will be with the team this Wednesday, “he said Tuchel about the French world champion, who withdrew injured in an ankle from the final of the French Cup won against Saint Etienne, at the press conference on the eve of the meeting with Atalanta at Lisbon.
The German coach also confirmed the presence of the Argentine Mauro Icardi, who also had minor muscle discomfort, while acknowledging that Verratti It is very difficult for him to recover even for the eventual semifinal.
“We have to be patient with Marco. Last week he couldn’t train, he couldn’t run. Yesterday he started training, but recovering him for the semifinals there is little time left. We were unlucky, he was injured in training. Now we are in a phase where it is improving and this is positive, “he said.
Who is called to lead the team this Wednesday the Brazilian Neymar junior, a player who according to Tuchel he knows how to manage the pressure of these encounters well. “On Neymar there is always a lot of pressure, we cannot imagine how much pressure it has. But he’s used to, we’re happy that too Kylian be part of the group that we have the opportunity to finish the game with him, he is a player with whom Neymar he gets along well, “he said.” He is capable of managing this pressure, he likes decisive matches, I am convinced that he will be a key player for us, “he added.
Praise to Atalanta
He expressed his respect for the Atalanta, a team that “has a unique style”. “He Atalanta has a unique style, they play one on one across the field. They attack a lot, with seven men in your half of the field. It will be difficult to face them. They scored a lot, it will be a great game, but there are always options to find spaces. We have been preparing the game for three days. It will be a tactical game, but it will also be a mental one. We must play as we did in training, we had a mixture of concentration, good atmosphere, competitive spirit, “he considered.
“You suffer together, but you also have your options. We are strong and we have our options,” concluded the German.