Tuchel set to tweak PSG against Galatasaray
Thomas Tuchel could send out a tweaked team for Paris Saint-Germain's UEFA Champions League group-stage finale against Galatasaray at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.
Wednesday, 11 December, 2019
UEFA Champions League
Group A - Matchday 6
Paris Saint-Germain - Galatasaray SK
With PSG having already assured themselves of top spot in Group A on the back of four wins and the 2-2 draw at Real Madrid last time out, Tuchel admitted he could use the strength in depth in his squad.
"We have the opportunity to allow some players a breather. It's not necessary to take risks with injuries and suspensions. It'll be a Champions League game that everyone will want to play. If we can win, we'll do it. It's possible there will be some changes, but not a lot. Some players need to keep their rhythm, so it's not necessary to change," said the German tactician, who has Thomas Meunier, Marco Verratti and Angel Di Maria a booking away from a suspension.
"For the latter, it's easier to play on a booking than the first. As a forward, it's easier not to get booked than it is for a defender. We're not going to take risks with yellow cards and with those who have played a lot. We'll make a decision on Wednesday with the physios and the players."
With Idrissa Gueye out along with Ander Herrera, Marquinhos, who missed Saturday's game at Montpellier Hérault SC following the birth of his child, will play in front of the back four with Pablo Sarabia and Julian Draxler ahead of him.
Tuchel was able to start the last two league games with both Neymar Jr and Kylian Mbappé, and the pair responded by scoring goals in wins over FC Nantes and Montpellier. While he suggested he could change his side, Tuchel acknowledged he is likely to still give it a very forward-thinking bent.
"We played with four attacking elements against Montpellier. It's possible that that will be the case on Wednesday. Everyone wants to play. It's possible we won't change anyone as the players want to keep the rhythm, or do it to give people playing time," he said.
"There are still a lot of games to play, and we'll need to show in every game that we are a great team, because the next few months will be key in Ligue 1 and in the Champions League. So everyone will have to be capable of playing, and it's necessary every player is important for us."
PSG: Navas; Dagba, Thiago Silva, Diallo, Bernat; Sarabia, Marquinhos, Draxler; Mbappé, Icardi, Neymar
Galatasaray: Muslera; Mariano, Donk, Marcão, Nagatomo; Nzonzi, Lemina, Seri, Ömer Bayram; Belhanda, Emre Mor