PSG boss Thomas Tuchel jokes Kylian Mbappe stayed at World Cup ‘too long’

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Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel has revealed his excitement at working with the “extraordinary” trio of World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe, Brazilian superstar Neymar and club-record goal scorer Edinson Cavani this coming season.

Speaking after a 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup at Worthersee Stadion, the German tactician joked that he wished they had not gone as far as they did in Russia this summer.

“We have extraordinary attackers with Kylian, Edinson and Neymar,” Tuchel said in a postmatch press conference. “I cannot wait to work with these special players.

“We must be patient, though, they all spent too long at the World Cup!”

Despite Timothy Weah opening the scoring and PSG leading until the hour mark, Bayern battled back to victory through Javi Martinez, Renato Sanches and Joshua Zirkzee goals.

Tuchel was not discouraged, though, and instead praised the performance of his young and inexperienced team.4

“I am very proud of what we did here,” said the former Borussia Dortmund and Mainz 05 boss. “I really did not know what to expect.

“Our only experienced players were Adrien [Rabiot], Lassana [Diarra], Christopher [Nkunku] and Gianluigi [Buffon] — the others had never played at this level.”

Although Tuchel stuck to the positives after the Bayern loss, he has identified midfield as an area for improvement and declared his “love” for Rabiot who captained PSG on the day.

“We need to find a solution in midfield,” Tuchel admitted. “We must replace Thiago [Motta] — not only as a player, but also as a character. The market is open now, so we know what we need. We will see what is possible.

“You can see Adrien’s potential — he still has room to grow. I love this player. I love working with him and his potential is clear to see.

“Regarding Adrien’s contract situation, ultimately, it is up to him. He must decide if he wants to commit to us, to our style and to his formative club. Otherwise, he will go for a new challenge.”

Like Tuchel, Rabiot was full of praise for his younger teammates and felt that it was a valiant effort given the circumstances.