PSG ran rampant 5-1 over Instanbul in the final match if the group stage last night.
Neymar scored a hat-trick while Mbappe bagged the two other goals on the night. PSG were winning handsomely when Ney decided to hand over his penatly to Mbappe to give him a goal on the night.
“It’s a big gesture, because he gave him the ball when he could do a hat-trick. It’s not a common thing for Ney to do a hat-trick in Champions League,” he told a news conference.
“But he gave it to Kylian to give the possibility for Kylian to end his phase without scoring a goal.
“It shows that Neymar has a very big heart. He always thinks about his team-mates. He knows a lot how important it is for a striker and a guy like Kylian to score. He did good.”
“No, [not surprised by Neymar’s level], because I see he is feeling good,” Tuchel said.
“It’s necessary for him to have pace. It was a difficult phase after the ‘final eight’ in Portugal, because he gave everything for the team. After that, he got COVID, so it was hard for him to get back in good condition and gain some physique capacities. In the last few weeks, he could do that.
“He is feeling good and can find the pace. He is always able to make the difference. He did it against Leipzig, against Manchester [United], and of course today. It was good mix between simple football and decisive dribbling, shoots, and goals. A good, good mix, an outstanding performance.”