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CL preview - PSG boss TUCHEL: "Mbappé is sick. We'll have to face Dortmund with a clever attitude"

11.03.2020 11.32 by Claudio Colla  read 312
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Talking ahead of CL round-of-16 second-leg match against Borussia Dortmund, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, facing again former club of his, stated: 

"Kylian Mbappé is sick. He has a sore throat and we'll see if he can train a bit this Tuesday evening, but he hasn't been with us for two days. We'll wait and see and decide on Wednesday morning. Thiago Silva has done all the training, so we'll decide tomorrow whether he plays or not, but he's with the squad. Everyone else is here except Ander Herrera. The starting eleven? I have made up my mind. We have to decide this afternoon who will be the starting eleven and who will be the substitutes. We'll make final decisions on Kylian and Thiago tomorrow morning.

The fact that we couldn't play in Strasbourg was bad news. We flew to Strasbourg and we couldn't play for our last test before Borussia Dortmund. It wasn't a problem for us to play this match on Saturday. We would not have had any difficulty to play in terms of intensity. But now it's another strange situation because we're playing without our spectators. In a match of this importance, they are very important to create a special atmosphere, tension, pressure on our opponent. With what's happening between coronavirus and Kylian Mbappé's illness, we have to adapt and think. At the same time, it's a football match and we're capable of adapting, I'm confident.

A 1-0 win is enough for us to go through, but I have the impression that we're not a team that just wins 1-0. We like to attack and score as many goals as possible. But if at the final whistle, we win 1-0, I will be the happiest person and not have any regrets. We will try to do more.

They have played their most recent matches with more or less the same starting XI, the same lineup, the same system, and we have analysed them well. I think we're in better shape now than we were then. We have more players fully fit, even if we didn't play against Strasbourg. It's a shame, but we made up for it by training hard, maximum intensity. Borussia Dortmund are a very dangerous side, with a lot of speed on the counterattack and in transition. We need to play with a clever attitude".

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