NEWS
Wednesday August 12 2020
Tuchel: 'PSG absolutely deserved to win'

Thomas Tuchel insists PSG ‘absolutely deserved’ to reach the Champions League semi-final and he ‘never got the feeling we wouldn’t score’ against Atalanta.

La Dea were leading up until the 89th minute thanks to a Mario Pasalic curler, but Marquinhos and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored in stoppages to turn it all around.

“Today was the 50th birthday of the club, so a game like this, on such an historic occasion, having already won four trophies this season and now into the semi-final…” Tuchel told RMC Sport.

“We certainly will not forget this day.”

Despite the difficulties they had against an Atalanta side put together for less than it cost to just sign Kylian Mbappé, Tuchel was always confident.

“I never got the feeling we wouldn’t score a goal eventually. I even told my assistants, once we get one, I’m sure we’ll score a second straight away.

“We played a very, very good match and our qualification for the semi-final is absolutely deserved. Naturally, there was also a bit of luck, but if you watched the whole game, we deserved to go through.

“We were in total control for the second half, found our rhythm and the players who came off the bench were exceptional, making a big difference. The goals were down to the mentality of this group.”

Tuchel watched the game sitting on an ice box on the touchline, as he is using crutches after fracturing a bone in his foot last week.

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