Tuchel: PSG Worst Defeat
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) head coach Thomas Tuchel described the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United as one of the worst matches of his team, the German-born operator was embarrassed by the performance of the first half of the opening match of the Champions League (UCL).
PSG succumbed to Marcus Rashford’s goal with three minutes left in Paris, where last season’s UCL finalists began a new campaign with a Group H defeat.
Ligue 1 hosts Marquinhos and Marco Verratti and United used that advantage – Bruno Fernandes completed the penalty in the 23rd minute, but The Red Devils striker Anthony Martial blocked his own goal 10 minutes after the match continued in the second half.
But United left the French capital with full points from Rashford’s goal, giving PSG their first defeat at home in the UCL group stage after 25 games.
“In the first half, we didn’t seem to be on the field,” Tuchel told beIN SPORTS. “It simply came to our notice then.
“I do not know why, but I can only say that it is not our level, when moving the ball, when controlling the game and counter-attack, when trying to seize the ball.
“So far, this is one of our worst games, among our worst first half.”
“The good news is that it could not have been worse. We trailed 1-0, it was easy to play better in the second half and we had to bounce back,” he said.
“We tried to make a tactical exchange because of the injuries suffered by Idrissa Gueye, we tried to bring in another striker, where the risk we had to accept at the end of the game.
“From the beginning to the end it felt like we were never at the highest level, and we weren’t really in the competition as much as needed at this level.”
PSG, however, have the opportunity to respond when they visit Istanbul Basaksehir next week after receiving Dijon’s visit in Ligue 1 action this Saturday.