Tuchel unimpressed with PSG’s 5-1 win 

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Thomas Tuchel, Manager of PSG during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on February 12, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Manager Thomas Tuchel was left unsatisfied with Paris Saint-Germain’s 5-1 demolition of Montpellier HSC on Wednesday night.

Despite their ongoing injury problems, PSG showed no mercy to sixth-place Montpellier at the Parc Des Princes to collect the 21st victory of the Ligue 1 campaign in their 24th match.

Layvin Kurzawa’s 13th-minute opener for PSG was cancelled out by Montpellier’s Florent Mollet before Angel Di Maria’s remarkable free-kick in first-half stoppage-time put Tuchel’s side back in control.

Christopher Nkunku then added another in the second-half with Vitorino Hilton’s own goal putting PSG three goals up.

Kylian Mbappe then rounded things off in Paris in the final 11 minutes by scoring his 20th Ligue 1 goal of the season.

Despite the 5-1 victory, however, Tuchel was left somewhat disappointed with his team’s overall display.

“The final result is quite good. But it was difficult. Montpellier are a very strong and well-organised team,” Tuchel told PSG TV.

“Usually, it is very hard to score against Montpellier. It is even difficult to have chances.

“We had a lot of shots without goals tonight. In attack, we were good. I can’t say the same for our defence.

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“I think we were not aggressive tonight. Sometimes we didn’t play as a team.
I just kept the result in mind. That’s impressive.”

Montpellier boss Michel Der Zakarian added: “When you do not finish the actions, they punish you, they are talented players. We should have led the game.

“We do not fight in the same category as PSG but it is painful to concede five.”

The win on Wednesday night sees PSG extend their lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table to 15 points from second-place Lille OSC, who have played one more game than the Parisians.

Next up for the French champions will be another home game against Nimes Olympique on Saturday.


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