Thomas Tuchel, the Paris-SG coach who hosts Saint-Etienne on Friday night (8:45 pm), is hoping his players will not have their minds on Tuesday in Liverpool.
"This week, you said on RMC that you were not 100% satisfied with the transfer window. Has this triggered an explanation internally in recent days?
No, because I do not send messages on TVs. When I talk about something on TV, I've talked to everyone in the club before.
How do you approach the reception of Saint-Etienne after this international truce?
It will be very difficult because Saint-Étienne is a team with many players of experience, very disciplined. It is very difficult to get many opportunities in front of them. It will take patience. Sometimes, they adapt their organization according to the opponent, so I do not know what they will do tomorrow night (Friday). That's why we must be focused to improve our style and intensity. Normally, it's a little difficult to resume after two weeks of break but we'll see.
You have the opportunity to place a fifth win in a row to start the Championship, which would be a first …
I did not know that nobody had ever done it. We want to win, it's clear, but I expect a tough match against a disciplined opponent and complicated, for which I have a lot of respect.
"Verratti has extraordinary qualities, he can make differences in the middle"
Can this match be a preparation for Liverpool in the Champions League? Unconsciously, do your players already think about this match on Tuesday?
It is not possible to prepare Liverpool in such a match, it will be completely different, the atmosphere, etc. After, there are several elements to take into account. For example, Alphonse (Areola) plays because he has to play Liverpool. But if Marco (Verratti) play tomorrow, maybe he will not be able to play Liverpool. I hope nobody thinks of Tuesday. I know it's a great match and everyone is happy about it, but today it's not the subject. Today is Saint-Etienne and everyone in the club should be aware that it's important.
What will be your management of Neymar for Tuesday?
He played Wednesday at 2 o'clock in the night. It's complicated, as for Marquinhos and Thiago Silva. Great players can play a lot of games, but we will have to see what makes sense for tomorrow's game, if he can play, if there is a risk or not.
How important is the return of a player like Marco Verratti for PSG?
It's really important for a player with Marco's qualities to come back and be in good health. For that, he worked very hard and he has to work very hard in the future to stay healthy. He has extraordinary qualities, he can make differences in the middle. He is a very brave player, he always wants to have the ball.
What made you decide to recruit Juan Bernat?
He played in Valencia as a youngster where he started as a left striker. Then he played with Pep Guardiola at Bayern as a defender at a very high level. He has a good technique, a very good mentality. Without the ball, he is aggressive. But he has not played for a long time. That's why we have to be patient with him. It's not possible that he plays 60 matches for us but he can play tomorrow (Friday) and we trust him. "
José Barroso, at the Camp des Loges