'Nothing personal': PSG coach Thomas Tuchel minimizes disputes with Kylian Mbappe
SAINT-GERMAIN-EN-LAYE, FRANCE: Paris Saint Germain coach Thomas Tuchel on Monday he tried to minimize a touch line dispute 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 to being replaced in the middle of the second half of PSG 5-0 victory in the Parc des Princes , with Mauro Icardi taking its place
"It was between a player who does not want to come off, and a coach who had his reasons for doing something, and who wanted to give a game to 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 matter again at training on Sunday , with the player and with Leonardo, the club's sporting director.
I spoke about it yesterday with Leo, of course, and with the squad, as we generally do. But what I said will remain in the dressing room, added Tuchel, speaking before PSG return to league action on Tuesday away to 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 PSG returning to action in midweek, and also having a Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund looming ever closer on the horizon, Tuchel could also be excused for being less than impressed with Neymar's latest off-field antics.
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 teammates, would have no influence on his team's selection for Tuesday's trip to face a Nantes team that sits ninth at the table.
The Brazilian, however, will not take a risk due to a rib complaint, the club said Monday night.
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, Tuchel 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.
PSG , who are 12 points clear of Marseille at the Ligue 1 summit, do have defensive injury problems just now, though , with Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Juan Bernat and Colin Dagba all out of Tuesday's game.