Tuchel "very surprised" by leaked PSG party footage
Paris Saint-Germain's players were filmed partying on Thursday and boss Thomas Tuchel has questioned the actions of Neymar and his team mates.
Thomas Tuchel admitted that he has been taken aback by leaked footage which showed Paris Saint-Germain's players out on the town, partying into the early hours of the morning this week. A number of PSG's first team stars attended a lavish joint-birthday party for Edinson Cavani, Mauro Icardi and Ángel Di María in Paris on Thursday.
PSG players paint the town red
The extravagant bash was held two days after the French champions' 2-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. Footage on social media showed some players, including forward Neymar, with his top off and bouncing around the room. And with a Ligue 1 clash against Girondins to come on Sunday, Tuchel has questioned the actions of his players.
"I was really surprised yesterday afternoon when watching the video," he said at Saturday's pre-match news conference. "You can be sure that we talked internally. I don't want to talk about it now, but we talked about it within the club and it has to stay that way. You can be sure that we are not happy with this image. We talked together as a team and it is now an internal matter. I am here to improve my group. I cannot give advice to the club, that is not my role."
Marquinhos was in attendance at the exclusive Pavillon Dauphine and defended the decision to throw the triple birthday party. "The leaked footage was a mistake," he told reporters. "However, it had been planned for a long time. We needed to get together. We must be careful, though, as there are people who travel miles to follow us. There has been frustration at the result and poor performance [against Dortmund]. We know our strengths, especially at home.We must work hard and with a good mentality."
Tuchel taking no risks with Neymar
Neymar suggested after the defeat to Dortmund that he has been unhappy with PSG's management of his rib injury, insisting he was ready to return to action earlier. However, Tuchel has reiterated that he cannot risk the Brazil international's fitness at a key point in the season.
"As I said before, it was a discussion between the club, medical staff and myself. With each injury we have to make many decisions, that's the way it is," he said. "Imagine if we let him play, the injury got worse and he was out for three months. You would have asked the same questions, whether it was a mistake to play him. We have to think about why we are making these decisions and you have to trust me. We have talked a lot and it is the same with every player. Obviously I want him to play every game and we have to make decisions together. This is the decision we made between us. Now he needs to regain his rhythm."
Fé, foco e confiança em nós ... ALLEZ PSG pic.twitter.com/TLnIZgbbHq— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) February 19, 2020
PSG pair ruled out of Girondins clash
Tuchel also confirmed Thomas Meunier and Colin Dagba are out of Sunday's clash with Girondins at the Parc des Princes, where he is hoping for a quick response from his side. "It is never easy to start again after a defeat, but that is the challenge," he said. "I have the impression that all the players want to prove themselves. Sometimes the players are more competitive when things aren't comfortable. That is exactly the mindset we are looking for."
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