PSG make light of Mbappe, Neymar absence in Parc stroll

Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel

PSG are among the favourites to lift the trophy this season, following the settling-in period of superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

"We've won five times and that shows we still have a hunger to continue winning", said Tuchel.

PSG were able to ease to victory in the second half, retaining energy for Tuesday's trip to Anfield in their Group C opener against last season's beaten Champions League finalists.

Tuchel's six straight competitive wins since taking charge broke Carlo Ancelotti's club record from 2011 , with Julian Draxler taking his chance to impress in the absence of rested Neymar and suspended Mbappe.

Without his two star players, Tuchel gave Julian Draxler a start, a move that paid off as the German global put the hosts in front with a header in the 22nd minute after a long pass by Marco Verrati. "I told him that he was not going to play and that he could not train".

"Not yet the 11th and I do not know my game system".


PSG returns to Ligue 1 action after the global break, with the league favorite hosting Saint-Etienne on Friday. "However, I say that whether we play in Nimes, or Guingamp, or at home to Saint-Etienne, every game is hard".

PSG's Edinson Cavani protest for a disallowed goal during their French League One football match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Saint-Etienne.

PSG will be shorthanded for the match, which perhaps opens the door to a surprise result at the Parc des Princes.

"It's an important test for us, not decisive but it's good to start with a complicated game".

"It was a good rehearsal, good for the confidence ahead of Tuesday's match in Anfield against Liverpool". Unfortunately, we did not manage to score.

"We played with seriousness and intensity".

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