Thomas Tuchel says he “understands” the criticism of Paris Saint-Germain, but dismissed his credibility when it comes from fans and journalists watching him from a “couch.”
PSG were in a bad mood in the Champions League on Tuesday, as last season’s defeated finalists clinched a narrow 1-0 win at RB Leipzig.
The decisive goal, a penalty from Neymar in the 11th minute, was one of three shots on goal that PSG made during the game.
Tuchel said after the game that he would not apologize for winning in a somewhat ugly way, with Leipzig enjoying 63 percent of possession and handling 15 shots in total.
He attributed the disappointing performance to fatigue caused by the team’s busy schedule, though it wasn’t the only unimpressive display in recent months.
Before Tuesday, PSG had lost three of their previous seven matches in all competitions and Tuchel has had to deal with questions about his future, but the German wanted to remind fans and journalists that they don’t see everything he sees.
“Whether [criticism] hit the locker room, it will toughen us up, ”he told reporters ahead of Saturday’s visit to Bordeaux. “For me it is very clear. I can understand the criticism, but we have different positions. Critics are sympathizers, journalists, but not me [watching] on TV or on my couch.
“I am with my team, I live every pass, every sprint with my team and you have a completely different feeling after a game so in front of a television.
“I can accept criticism, but you can also accept that we have another feeling. I had the feeling that journalists wanted to convince me of their opinions, but I did not have the same opinion because I am a small part of this group ”.
Saturday’s game is quickly followed by a vital Champions League trip to Manchester United on Wednesday, with PSG still struggling to qualify for the round of 16.
PSG confirmed on Friday that defender Marquinhos will miss the match against Bordeaux as a precautionary measure after a “puncture” in the adductor muscle; however, he has not been ruled out for the trip to Old Trafford.
Mauro Icardi and Marco Verratti will likely also have the opportunity to increase their participation before that trip, with the Argentine forward absent since early October due to a knee ligament injury, while the Italian international returned from a month. off to make a cameo against Leipzig.
“[Verratti] it can change everything in the field. In 12 or 14 minutes it showed an extraordinary impact [against Leipzig]”Tuchel said. “We decided in the morning that he would be on the bench because he only did half a workout. Now he can play maybe half against Bordeaux and that gives us a lot of possibilities and confidence on the pitch ”.
Regarding Icardi, he added: “Yesterday we decided on the field if he could strike. We took a risk, he trained and there was no reaction.
“We will see what he can do in training. If he can [train]We can put him on the bench and give him a few minutes, because he has been training hard for many weeks and it is hard for a player like Mauro, who lives to win ”.