On Monday's invitation to a press conference on the eve of the PSG match in Naples in the Champions League (21:00), Thomas Tuchel expressed confidence in his team. Although he is very annoying for his opponent.
Thomas Tuchel, why did you decide to train in Paris instead of Naples?
Friday we played against Lill, Saturday training is a possibility of training, so we decided to give a day on Sunday. So, on Monday morning, it was better to train, so we're just here to feel the floor.
Xavi showed respect for the physical qualities of Kylian Mbappé, but he felt that it was not yet mature football. Do you agree with him?
It's normal that it can be improved, it's 19 years old. But in her age, it's amazing. He is already one of the best players in the world and he will be the best. Xavi is right, so he has to improve in all areas.
What should we first with Naples?
This is a very strong collective team. The rooms are closed. She has been playing for many years, in her game there are many automatisms. They are always dangerous with their individual characteristics in the attack. They are highly disciplined in defense. This is a big challenge. We are at the half, we want to get a direct confrontation with Naples. We have to play at the highest level, that's clear to me. We are convinced that we played very well in Marseille, with a great personality and with great characteristics against Lill. We believe that we are ready.
Tuchel: "We do not doubt, but the big challenge"
Do you have more certainty or doubts than before your first leg?
We do not doubt it, but it is a big challenge. At the first game, the 2-2 was a logical result. We need to do better, we have to do it. We were not at our level for 30 minutes during the first period. However, there is no doubt, we showed a great reaction in Marseille and made a superb match against Lill.
If you had a choice, which player would take Napoli?
I'm not talking about players from the other team on the eve of the match, it would cause a lot of confusion and I do not want to.
Where is the position with Marco Verratti after his incident last week?
Marco made a mistake, it was a bit difficult at night. But he was at every training, at the highest level, and perfectly matched with Lill. He's young, he's 26 years old now. It's not professional, but it's not a lot and it's forgotten.
Tuchel: "There is no need for too much risk"
How does the presence of Gianluigi Buffon and Thiago Silva change the game with him?
It is very important that they are with us. Gigi will play here, he knows the stadium, the atmosphere, Naples. His personality is important in the wardrobe room and is a real champion, a legend that helps us a lot. Thiago is our captain. He is a great expert and has a personality that will be needed tomorrow night.
Is it for his experience that you decided to titulate Buffon for this meeting?
We also trust Alphonse. But Gigi can now play in the Champions League. This is a sign of respect for Gigi, we played in Italy against Naples, and it was clear to us that he deserves to play here, so he is not on the bench for such a match. I am very proud that the two trustees, such as Gigi and Alphonse, are both amazing, with exceptional features and exceptional personalities. Gigi accepts Alphonse and needs to be improved Alphonse is used for this. Alphonse has a lot of respect for Gigi. Their attitude is incredible and that's all that the trainer wants.
Is it possible that you will set up your four offensive players?
We played in two systems against Naples, otherwise it was against Marseille and Lill. It's always possible to play with four, but it's hard not to lose the structure. There is no need to take too much risk, but we will try to win a fight. I want to play confidently, aggressively, that's our style.
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