'Nothing personal': PSG coach Tuchel minimizes disputes with Mbappe
SAINT-GERMAIN-EN-LAYE (France): Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel tried to play a touchline dispute on Monday with Kylian Mbappe which eclipsed the great victory of the French champions weekend over Montpellier.
There is nothing personal between him and me. These things happen, Tuchel said after Mbappe reacted angrily by being replaced midway through the second half of PSG's 5-0 victory at Parc des Princes, with Mauro Icardi taking his place.
It was between a player who does not want to retire and a coach who had his reasons for doing something and who wanted to give a game to the players who deserved it.
After Saturday's game, Tuchel admitted that Mbappe's reaction does not look good and noted that: This is football, not tennis, and everyone must be respected.
The 21-year-old World Cup winner, who had scored his 14th goal of the season in victory, exchanged words with Tuchel when he left, and then broke into his seat on the bench, throwing a training top in disgust. .
Tuchel said he discussed the issue again on Sunday's training, with the player and with Leonardo, the club's sports director.
I spoke yesterday with Leo, of course, and with the team, as we usually do. But what I said will remain in the locker room, Tuchel added, speaking before the PSG returns to league action Tuesday in Nantes.
Returning to the incident, he added: We had the game over, and it was an opportunity to take off Pablo (Sarabia) and Kylian, and put on Mauro and 'Edi' (Cavani), who deserved to have a few minutes.
I know it is difficult for some players to accept, but these are sports issues that they should be able to understand.
With the PSG returning to action mid-week, and also having a Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund getting closer on the horizon, Tuchel could also be excused for being less than impressed with Neymar Last pranks out of the field.
The Brazilian, who wore a pink hairstyle in the victory against Montpellier, organized a luxurious celebration before his 28th birthday in a Parisian nightclub in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower on Sunday, including a completely white dress code.
Tuchel insisted that the event, to which Neymar invited all his team-mates, would not have an influence on his team selection for Tuesday's trip to face a Nantes side who sit ninth in the table.
I always protect my players, and I really love my team. With this party, I accept that it is a bit difficult to protect the players, but the context is not simply black or white, he said.
Is it the best way to prepare for a match? No, clearly not. Is it the worst in the world? Do not.
It is a shame, because we are giving people the opportunity to speak ill of us. We need to adapt to the situation, but I will not leave a player at the bank or at home because they went out and celebrated.
The PSG, which is 12 points from Marseille at the top of Ligue 1, has defensive injury problems at this time, however, with Marquinhos, Thiago Silva , Juan Bernat & Colin Dagba All out of Tuesday's game.
Weekdays matches in Ligue 1 (1800 GMT kickoffs unless indicated)
Lille v Rennes, Monaco v Angers, Nantes v Paris Saint-Germain (2005 GMT)
Brest v Bordeaux, Lyon v Amiens, Montpellier v Metz, Nimes v Dijon, Reims v Nice, Toulouse v Strasbourg, Saint-Etienne v Marseille (2000 GMT)