Thomas Tuchel admitted Paris Saint-Germain’s lack of “precision and determination” in the second-half nearly cost them despite grabbing a 4-1 win over OGC Nice.
Angel Di Maria gave Tuchel’s side a dream start on Friday by scoring a brace inside the opening 21 minutes. However, PSG couldn’t extend their advantage over Nice in the second-half with Mauro Icardi and Marquinhos missing chances.
A bit of sloppy defending from the visitors then opened the door for Ignatius Ganago to put Nice back into the game in the 67th-minute.
But two red cards in the space of three minutes for Wylan Cyprien and Christophe Herelle reduced Patrick Vieira’s men to nine players. The dismissals practically let PSG off the hook following a dismal second-half performance.
Substitute Kylian Mbappe then marked his return to action by scoring just two minutes from time. He later set-up Icardi in stoppage-time to wrap up a 4-1 victory for the Ligue 1 champions.
“We had a very good first half, and we started the second well too with a lot of chances to score a third goal and kill the game off,” said Tuchel on the club’s website.
“We lacked precision and determination. Nice then took more risks and we lost possession too easily. One too many and Nice scored. After that, it was more difficult, but the double sending-off decided it.
Di Maria, on the other hand, has managed seven goals and two assists in 13 appearances this season.
The former Real Madrid winger’s good form has been a huge relief for Tuchel, who’s lost his star attackers Neymar, Mbappe and Edinson Cavani to injuries at various points already this season.
“Di Maria stayed with us during the international break and benefitted from some days off, that did him good,” said the PSG coach.
“He has a lot of qualities and a good mentality. He always thinks about the team, brings his intensity, is reliable and professional. I’m very happy he’s having such an influence in terms of goals and assists.”
PSG will now head out to Belgium on Tuesday for a Champions League match against Club Brugge.