After the success of his team against Lyon (4-2), this Sunday evening at the Parc des Princes, Thomas Tuchel said he was happy. For the German coach, the empty passages of his team do not necessarily cause concern.
Can your team progress defensively?
THOMAS TUCHEL. Yes, we can but we completely controlled the match in the first period. We did not start intensively enough. We completely controlled and after the third goal, we thought it was over but it is never over. Remember that we play a lot, we play too much. We have shown a good reaction. We scored an extraordinary 4th goal, with calm and good positions; We were the best team. We always win. We make mistakes but we win. At 3-0, it’s mental.
Has Cavani revived the attacking competition?
Yes it’s good. All competition is good. He’s stronger in training because things are clear now that the transfer window is over. He came in very strong, scored a very important goal for himself, for us. We need experienced players like Edi, all the players who have experience. Keeping him in good shape is the best thing for us.
Are you still worried about Mauro Icardi?
It’s the same. I am worried with all the attackers who do not score. Confidence comes with goals. It’s like that. It can only work for us. He created spaces in the Lyon team. He defends. He will continue to work.
Can we compare the air holes facing Nantes and Lyon?
All matches are different. You can’t always compare. At 3-0, I too thought it was over. The third goal was weird. We didn’t tighten the spaces enough, we weren’t disciplined enough. It’s never over. However, we are the best team and we reacted. I’m not sure this is the time to be critical. Mentally, we have to stay in the game. We were great without Neymar, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Bernat.
Are you concerned about the Kehrer-Kimpembe central hinge?
It is a good mix because they like to defend by advancing, they are young, very aggressive. Thilo had a good game in Nantes. He’s ready to play for us after missing several weeks. We also miss Diallo.
Are you reassured to see Dortmund concede so many goals?
They can also score six or seven in each match. When they lose, they are also able to win. It’s a super strong team. It will be a super complicated and difficult game.