Man-Utd-PSG: Neymar and Cavani give Tuchel tactical headache

Tanya Simon
February 12, 2019

So it makes them more unpredictable, but we've got a good guesstimate of how they're preparing for the game. Changing now would be hard.

" To change that is really hard but I'm sure there will be times where we will defend deeply". We're here to score goals.

Tuchel also dismissed the notion that Kylian Mbappe must step up without Neymar and Cavani and tried to temper the expectations around the France worldwide. Kylian has his own qualities, it is not really his job to replace Cavani and Neymar.

Julian Draxler, who could also help to fill the void created by Neymar and Cavani, admitted that the South American pair will be missed, but wants his teammates to focus on themselves. Over 180 minutes it's 50-50; tomorrow they are at home so I'm not sure it's 50-50.

"And I think he will do even better in the next few matches".

United made a loss when they sold Di Maria for 63 million euros (£44.3 million at the time), but it was very much PSG's gain. There will be moments when we'll defend because I expect a very attacking Manchester, very fearless, with many attacking players.

The Belgium worldwide found himself heading towards the free agent pool 18 months ago as his contract at Old Trafford ran down.

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"I was asking him some things about Man United, but I won't tell you what he said - it was nothing bad!"

"It is hard to compare eliminations", he said.

"We would love to have Neymar and Edinson, but we have to show that we can do it without them".

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Angel Di Maria has suggested that he was not provided with the right circumstances to make an impression at Manchester United.

"Everyone knows that there are two good teams", he said.

"He was one of my favourite players when I used to watch him on television", Tuchel said at the start of this season after making it clear that Di Maria was just as important to him as the "MCN" front three of Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

After qualifying top of a group that also included Liverpool and Napoli, the Ligue 1 champions were dealt a tough hand in the first knockout stage when drawn against United, albeit much has changed since the teams were paired together at the end of a year ago.

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