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Paris-Saint Germain manager Thomas Tuchel warns Manchester United that his team won’t change their attacking style of play, even though they go into this first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie without Neymar and Edinson Cavani.
The first leg is at Old Trafford and only one of the coveted front three will be in action at Old Trafford tonight – Kylian Mbappe. Hence, we can expect more responsibility resting on the French World Cup winner to cause problems to United defence.
Yet the PSG manager doesn’t want to over-burden his star man and urged his team to arrest the initiative away from the Red Devils. Speaking in the pre-match press conference, Tuchel said:
“You can’t just place all the burden on him but we’re talking about Kylian Mbappé – he has his own qualities, it’s not really his job to replace Cavani and Neymar, and he can’t do all three things at the same time.
“He has to play his game, to play with confidence and I want us to be capable to help him with the right kind of support, good passes. And, he needs to play with a good mindset, needs to be positive – it’s part of his development
“We have our identity as a team and it’s not easy to change a team’s identity. Obviously we’re missing a couple of key players but I don’t know if it’s the right time to change our ID. We play attacking football, we’re PSG, that’s what we’re used to – to create opportunities, it’s in our DNA.”
The second leg will be in three weeks time and we expect Cavani to be at least get fit by then.
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