Thomas Tuchel has decided to rest star forward Kylian Mbappe for the upcoming Montpellier clash.
Mbappe missed a potential goal in the 3-1 win over Manchester United on Wednesday and Tuchel took note of that, acknowledging that maybe the forward might need a break – but nothing is final yet.
“We will have to decide on that today,” Tuchel said at Friday’s pre-match news conference. “In my head there are several different possibilities.
“We have to make decisions for Tuesday as well. We may have some changes to make, but for Kylian personally, I am calm.
“For me he had a good game [against United], a better game than in matches he has scored in. He put in a lot of effort both in an attacking and defensive sense. He had a bit of bad luck with his chance, but it will come for him. He should stay calm because I am also very calm.”
“We will look to respond but we have to accept that we also have a very important game on Tuesday,” he said. “I need to find a solution to my team selection.”
“It’s always tough for us against Montpellier. That is something we need to change, while accepting we have another game on Tuesday. We have to accept that for this match there will be decisions made with Basaksehir in mind.”
Thomas also touched upon rumours of Messi coming to PSG, amidst Neymar commenting on the transfer possibility.
He said: “That is not something I can talk about. I haven’t discussed it with Neymar yet, either. I have a lot of respect for Barcelona and for Messi so I will not comment.”