Thomas Tuchel slams PSG players after defeat to Nantes

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel refused to defend his players for providing “no performance” whatsoever during Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat to Nantes.

For the third time, PSG blew a chance at wrapping up the Ligue 1 crown following a second consecutive loss.

Dani Alves’ long-range strike had put PSG seemingly on their way to the title at Nantes before a Diego Carlos brace and Majeed Waris’ goal put the hosts in front.

Forward Metehan Guclu did get one back for PSG in the dying minutes. But it proved to be nothing more than a mere consolation as Tuchel’s side extended their winless run to three games.

The Parisians have only tasted victory once this month and were spectacularly beaten 5-1 by Lille OSC last weekend.

Nevertheless, PSG remain 17 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 and can secure the title by beating AS Monaco on Sunday.

“In Lille, we controlled the game during 60 minutes, many players were injured. It was a game with a Champions League level. It was different,” said Tuchel, according to MSN.

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“Today, we didn’t perform in 90 minutes. There was no performance, no performance at all. So it was impossible to win.

“We can lose, we can do mistakes, and we [the club] will always defend players if they play with a good mentality, with desire and as a team.

“I always defend my players, but today it’s not possible.”

The German added: “We played very, very bad. Nantes deserved to win. We should happy we didn’t lose 4-1 or 5-1. It is easy to analyse.

“I don’t know what we lacked, but it is the reality. It was a very, very bad game. We deserved to lose.”

Kylian Mbappe was dropped for the match following his comments about PSG having “no personality” after their humiliation at Lille.


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