Champions League matchday five reactions
Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel admitted his side were fortunate to take a point from their clash with Real Madrid on Tuesday and defended his decision to leave Neymar Jr. on the bench at kick-off.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
UEFA Champions League Group A
Real Madrid 2-2 Paris Saint-Germain
Thomas Tuchel (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "Real were the better team for much of the game. We made things too complicated for ourselves, didn't play fast enough, or simple enough, or with enough confidence. Real played with lots of confidence. They showed that they are a team who have won the Champions League three times in a row. We had an extraordinary goalkeeper in Keylor Navas, which is not forbidden, and a bit of luck, which is not forbidden either. We showed mental strength, we never gave up, and there are positives to take from the game: the mentality at the end, the quality of the guys who came on - Ney, Pablo (Sarabia) and (Julian) Draxler - made the difference. You are allowed to stay calm. We have 13 points from five games and we have won the group."
On the decision to leave Neymar on the bench: "I am not afraid. We have a connection, we are honest with each other. We did the same thing with Kylian (Mbappé) at Galatasaray. Ney has been out injured for six weeks so there was no need to take a risk. I thought there was a possibility it would be a difficult game with lots of defending to do. I spoke honestly with him. I took the decision for him, for his health. It wasn't the moment to change the structure of the team. I am not afraid of losing Ney, we get on well."
Keylor Navas (Paris Saint-Germain): "We are coming up against great teams so the matches are difficult but, thanks to god, we resisted. We had no control on the game in the first half but we were more attacking in the second half. In the end the draw was the right result."
Zinédine Zidane (Real Madrid coach): "We are not at all disappointed. With our performance, we can only be proud and happy. We played really, really well for 80 minutes. Then we conceded the goal and things became a little difficult, but that is how it is and you have to accept it. It was a shame that we conceded the goal at the end that got them back in the match because we had lots of chances to kill the game."