Tuchel: I don't know why we lacked the fast paced and ferocious (Reuters)
Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel said his team lacked ferocity when they opened their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 home loss to Manchester United.
On Tuesday, Saint-Germain suffered their first home defeat in the Champions League group stage in 16 years.
Saint-Germain struggled during the match and lost after Marcus Rashford’s goal to repeat the English club’s superiority after ousting the French champion from the final of the continental competition the 2018-2019 season thanks to a penalty kick near the end.
“We couldn’t win,” said Tuchel, who played without captain Marquinhos after suffering a muscle injury while playing for Brazil. “I don’t know why we lacked the fast pace and ferocity, and that was surprising.”
“In the first half, we were not strong enough, and we did not play together enough, and then we improved after the break, but it was difficult not to play better when taking into account how we played in the first half.”
Saint-Germain left large spaces for United, resulting in Rashford’s goal in the absence of oversight, and the “Red Devils” created several dangerous opportunities.
But Saint-Germain, who accidentally scored his only goal by United striker Anthony Martial, was not good on the offensive side, despite the participation of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, and Angel Di Maria, two months after the French champion reached the Champions League final.
Tuchel justified the loss by saying, “We have not played at our level in defense or attack. Now is not the time to feel angry or lose calm; we must be honest with ourselves. It was a difficult start.”